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SuperSport United 1-2 Baroka FC

Baroka FC claimed all three points when they beat SuperSport United 2-1 in their Absa Premiership clash against at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts started the match on the front foot and dominated possession in the early exchanges, but had to wait until the 17th minute for their first meaningful shot on goal.

Following a break down the left flank, the ball was centred for Aubrey Modiba, but the winger's shot drifted narrowly wide.

Somewhat against the run of play, the visitors nearly got the opener three minutes later when a Jemondre Dickens' free-kick - following a bookable offense by Teboho Mokoena - went just wide of the upright.

With 23 minutes on the clock, Baroka was awarded a penalty when Mduduzi Mdatsane was brought down by Siyabonga Nhlapo, and he made no mistake with the spot-kick that followed.

SuperSport continued to have the lion's share of possession, but their finishing left a lot to be desired, as Evans Rusike and Mokoena failed to trouble Elvis Chipezeze in the Baroka goal.

Matsatsantsa had one last effort on goal before the interval when Modiba was played in with only the goalkeeper to beat, but Chipezeze was alert to the danger and snuffed out the chance.

The hosts made the perfect start to the second half when Mxolisi Macuphu struck from close range, after Bradley Grobler won a hopeful ball into the Baroka penalty box.

Kaitano Tembo's nearly took the lead for the first time in the 52nd minute, but Modiba's well-struck effort rattled into the post with Chipezeze beaten.

From the hour mark, the match become an end-to-end affair as both sides went in search of a winning goal, although the hosts looked the more likely to score.

Bakgaga took the lead for a second time with 12 minutes left on the clock, once again from a set-piece. A corner was cleared only as far as Thato Madigoe on the edge of the SuperSport box, and his accurate strike from range was too good for 'keeper Ronwen Williams.

The hosts were able to retain the ball in the closing stages, as Baroka sat deeper and deeper, but was unable to create any further chances.

The win moves Wedson Nyirenda's side into 12th position, while SuperSport remain fifth.