Baroka FC 2-2 Hungry Lions FC
Baroka FC needed a penalty shootout to overcome minnows Hungry Lions FC after the match ended 2-2 after extra time in the Nedbank Cup at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.
It wasn't pretty but Baroka will be delighted to have qualified for the quarter-final of the competition after a tough encounter against Hungry Lions.
After a few long shots and half chances for Baroka, the visitors had a nervy moment around the half-hour mark, Clinton Davids fumbled a seemingly-innocuous shot from Gerald Phiri, but the Hungry Lions keeper recovered it in time to avert any danger.
Down the other end of the pitch four minutes later, Jason Arends looked to be clean through on goal when Sbonelo Ngubane fouled him. The defender can consider himself a bit fortunate that he only received a yellow card.
More importantly, though, the resulting free-kick from Rudiger Gilbert took a deflection off the head of a defender, wrong-footing the goalkeeper and putting Hungry Lions 1-0 up.
Phiri broke through was clean through in the 38th minute but Maedwa Tau managed to get back with an incredible last-minute challenge, just as the striker was winding up to shoot, sending the ball out for a corner and preserving his side's lead.
Lions had another chance in the 38th minute when Ngubane blocked an initial shot from Arends, who took far to long to get his strike away. Nkosi snatched at the follow-up chance and got more of the turf than the ball sending it harmlessly wide for a goal kick.
It didn't take long for Baroka to get back on level terms after the break. In the 47th minute, Phiri sent Ngubane down the left touchline with a piercing through ball.
The wide player then made amends for giving away the foul that resulted in the first goal with an excellent ball in to Makgopa, who guided the ball in with a deft finish to score on debut and make it 1-1.
In the 65th minute, Isaac Selemela was brought down by Gilbert, seemed a bit of a soft foul but he got the decision from the referee. Phiri's free-kick ability is well known and he showed it once again as he had Davids completely beaten but saw the strike hit the upright and bounce away from goal.
Baroka had another chance in the 76th minute after a flowing move from the right wing across the park to Kagiso Selemela at the top of the box on the left side, but he hit his shot straight at the keeper who made the save.
Neither side was able to trouble the scorers again during the first 90 minutes and the game would have to be decided by extra time.
The Hungry Lions players were true to the name of their club as they never gave up and took just five minutes of extra time to regain the lead.
Tshegofatso Chimuku picked out Nkosi with a cutting throughball. The midfielder moved out wide and pinged a dangerous cross into the six-yard box. Ethen Sampson threw a leg out to try and steer the ball out for a corner but only succeeded in putting the ball into his own net.
The shot had not been effective all day for Baroka but, as fortune would have it, a shot from range by Manuel Kambala got them back on level terms once again in the 12th minute of extra time.
The shot did not appear to be that threatening but Davids was unsighted as the ball moved through traffic in the box and react to late when he eventually saw where the strike was headed.
Ultimately, the match would be decided by penalties.
Reanetse Ramatlapeng blasted Hungry Lions second penalty over the bar to put them under pressure early on in the shoot out.
Arends hit a poor third penalty that was saved by Ayanda Dlamini to all but end their hopes of going through to the quarter-finals.
Baroka scored all four of their penalties and Ivan Mahangwahaya converted the last of them to put Baroka into the next round by the barest of margins.