Kaizer Chiefs went into the halftime break trailing Cape Town City after an opening 45 minutes filled with drama at Cape Town Stadium.
Amakhosi boss Ernst Middendorp made two changes from their win over Golden Arrows, with Leonardo Castro at the expense of Lazarous Kambole, while Reeve Frosler recovered from injury to claim his right wing-back spot. On the other hand, the Citizens made only one change, with Craig Martin taking the place of the injured captain Thamsanqa Mkhize.
Chiefs were pressing the Citizens high in the early stages and were threatening also on set-plays but goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburg kept the home side in the game.
Middendorp’s charges had a glorious chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark after they were awarded a penalty for a handball by Taariq Fielies inside the box from Khama Billiat’s shot but Daniel Cardoso could not capitalise, as he curled his spot-kick over the top corner.
City eventually broke the deadlock 11 minutes before the break through a wonder strike from Kermit Erasmus, who let fly with a shot from just outside the box that sailed into the top corner.
The Glamour boys were forced to make a substitution with three minutes remaining of the first stanza as Bernard Parker was stretched off injured and replaced by Samir Nurkovic after George Maluleka replaced Kearyn Baccus earlier in the half.
Halftime: Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs
Date: 19 October 2019
Venue: Cape Town Stadium
Here’s how they lined up:
City: 1. Leeuwenburgh, 30. Martin, 12. Fielies, 5. Edmilson, 38. Kewuti, 21. Mokeke, 26. Nodada, 8. Makola, Ralani, 22. Mayambela, 9. Erasmus.
Subs: 16. Stephens, 6. Seedat, 18. Abrahams, 17. Norodien, 29. Roberts, 23. Lakay, 25. Mthembu.
Chiefs: 43. Akpeyi, 20. Sasman, 3. Mathoho, 4. Cardoso, 39. Frosler, 31. Katsande, 21. Manyama, 25. Parker, 5. Baccus, 11. Billiat, 9. Castro.
Subs: 44. Bvuma, 12. Maluleka, 9. Nurković, 22. Zulu, 28. Zuma, 30. Ngezana, 45. Blom.
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