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Cape Town City 1-0 Polokwane City: The Citizens sneak into the MTN8 Cup semi-finals

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Cape Town City defeated Polokwane City 1-0 in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

The win sees the Citizens join Bidvest Wits in the semi-finals, while Rise and Shine bow out of the first Cup competition of the 2017/18 season.

New City coach Benni McCarthy, who was taking charge of his first competitive match, fielded an attack minded team.

New signing Lyle Lakay, who arrived from Bloemfontein Celtic, started in the midfield, while Lehlohonolo Majoro led the Citizens' attack.

Polokwane mentor Bernard Molekwa had been appointed permanent head coach ahead of the club's debut appearance in the MTN8 Cup.

There were no new signings in the Rise and Shine starting line-up as Rodney Ramagalela and Puleng Tlolane both started upfront.

The home side were the better side in the opening exchanges with Majoro looking lively upfront as he searched for an early goal.

Th former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker hit the side-netting, before forcing Polokwane goalkeeper George Chigova into a good save.

The Zimbabwe international was beaten by Majoro a few minutes before the half-hour mark, but the City centre forward was ruled offside.

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The Citizens, who were dominating possession, kept piling pressure on the Rise and Shine defence with the visitors forced to defend in numbers.

The pressure finally paid off in the 38th minute when Sibusiso Mbonani headed a back-pass into his own net under pressure from Majoro – making it 1-0 to City.

Rise and Shine should equalized through Mngomezulu on the stroke of half-time, but he fired over the crossbar from close range.

The score was 1-0 to City during the half-time break following a first half which was dominated by the home side.

A good move by Polokwane led to Tlolane unleashing a powerful low shot which was saved by City keeper Shu-Aib Walters a few minutes after the restart.

City coach McCarthy reacted by introducing Ayanda Patosi, who made his competitive for the Citizens, following a six-year stint in Belgium.

The Bafana Bafana international nearly made an immediate when he forced Chigova into a good save as the Citizens searched for their second goal.

Although, Rise and Shine were doing most of the attacking in closing stages of the match, the Citizens looked dangerous on the counter-attack.

Chigova produced a decent late save to deny Majoro, who worked hard for his side upfront on day, following a quick counter-attack by the Citizens

Nevertheless, City held on to their slender lead the late stages of the encounter and they ran out 1-0 winners.

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