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City Join Sundowns In MTN8 Final

Cape Town City will play Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final after comprehensively beating Swallows 4-0 in their MTN8 semi-final second leg at Dobsonville Stadium. The first leg had ended goalless.

In the first half both teams created a lot of chances, but were struggling to find the target, and it looked more likely that lighting would strike the stadium than goals being scored, as a heavy storm surrounded Dobsonville.

The shots flew wide and over the goals and just when it looked like it would be goalless in the first half, Surprise Ralani, with the first shot on target, broke the duck.

In the 41st minute Terrence Mashego sent in a cross, and found Ralani, who did well to turn and shoot into the corner and give Vries no chance. 

At the break City led 1-0, meaning that because of the away goals rule, Swallows would  need to score at least twice to progress.

The heavy storm eventually did hit, and the second half was delayed for ten minutes, as it passed by the stadium.

Swallows tried to apply early pressure in the second half, and Khethukuthula Ndlovu shot narrowly wide in the 50th minute. Substitute Mwape Musonda went even closer two minutes later, but his effort from a tight angle hit the upright.

But it was City instead who increased their lead, as Fagrie Lakay was played in by a great pass by substitute Thabo Nodada, and Lakay expertly chipped an advancing Virgil Vries to make it 2-0 in the 58th minute.

A minute later Lakay should have added another as he found himself one-on-one with Vries, but his shot from the edge of the area went wide of goal. 

And the tie was over when man of the match Ralani added his second in the 68th minute as City hit Swallows on the counter, Nodada broke free down the right, drew in Vries, before squaring the ball back for Ralani, who tapped in easily.

While Swallows continued to push for an elusive goal, City were in control and managed the game well, and they added a fourth in the 88th minute when substitute Edmilson Dove headed in from a corner.

City progress to next month’s final against Sundowns, while Swallows’ woes continue as they now haven’t scored a goal in six competitive matches.

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