Limpopo Derby In Numbers
Baroka FC and Polokwane City in numbers after Absa Premiership encounter
The Limpopo derby finished level pegging as Baroka FC and Polokwane City played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, coming as a fair reflection after dissecting the match-day numbers.
Fans may have been forgiven for thinking City were the home side during the first half, with Rise and Shine dominating possession during the opening 45 minutes with 62% to Bakaga's 38%.
Polokwane also enjoyed far more accuracy with their passing, completing 81% of their 311 passes, compared to the hosts' 68% success rate from 184 balls. That seemed to force Baroka to sit a bit deeper and try to catch their rivals on the counter, which is exactly what they did during the opening goal, scored by Robin Ngalande after 11 minutes.
However, even after going behind, City continued to see most of the ball and were finally able to make it count after Rodney Ramagalele leveled from the penalty spot, his 10th goal of the season, from what was their first attempt at goal in the opening 24 minutes.
Baroka quickly began turning the possession stats around after the restart and enjoyed 66% of the ball in the first 15 minutes of the second-half.
Baroka were well and truly on top of their opponents after unleashing their 13th shot of the game midway through the second stanza, although they lacked any clinical finishing after finding the target just 15% of the time from those attempts.
Polokwane City, meanwhile, had proved a shadow of their first-half selves, failing to muster any notable chances in the second period and managing just six efforts at goal during 90 minutes of football, three times less than their rivals (19).
Top Performers In Numbers:
Shots: Gift Motupa (4)
Shots on target: Rodney Ramagalela (2)
Passes: Jabu Maluleke (59)
Successful Passes: Jabu Maluleke (47)
Balls won: Marvin Sikhosana (10)