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Erasmus Steers City Past Struggling Leopards

Absa Premiership

Result: Cape Town City 1-0 Black Leopards

Date: 24 January 2020

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

Kermit Erasmus' ninth Absa Premiership goal of the season saw Cape Town City overcome Black Leopards on Friday evening.

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The Citizens made only two changes for the encounter as Keanu Cupido and Fagrie Lakay replaced the suspened Taariq Fielies and Craig Martin while Leopards brought in Lesedi Kapinga, Lifa Hlongwane and Thobani Mncwango.

City had an early chance to go ahead in the eighth minute after Mpho Makola delivered a corner to the far post that found Roland Putsche, who saw his shot cleared off the line.

The sides were unable to carve out clear chances but there was a late surge towards the end of the half, with Leopards bringing the best out of City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh.

Jan Olde Riekerink's charges came very close to going to the break with the lead as Erasmus hit the post with a header from Bradley Ralani's cross and Thabo Nodada's follow-up header was cleared off the line.

The Citizens were on the front foot in the early exchanges of the second stanza and they eventually broke the deadlock on the hour-mark after Erasmus finished off Nodada's cross.

Riekerink made his first change in the 73rd minute affter bringing on Mduduzi Mdantsane for Lakay while Cavin Johnson introduced last season's top scorer Mwape Musonda for Mncwango in a straight swap.

However, the Cape Town side managed to weather the storm in the tail end to clinch back-to-back league victories, as they went up to ninth on the log while Leopards dropped to second-from-bottom.

Here's how they lined up:

City: 1. Leeuwenburg, 2. Mkhize, 15. Cupido, 27. Potouridis, 5. Edmilson, 19. Putsche, 8. Makola, 26. Nodada, 11. Ralani, 23. Lakay, 9. Erasmus.

Subs: 41. Anderson, 18. Roberts, 38. Kewuti, 10. David, 28. Mdantsane, 25. Mthembu, 6. Seedat.

Leopards: 1. Mendes, 6. Mudau, 13. Zulu, 29. Masia, 2. Gyimah, 5. Abubakar, 15. Bereng, 8. Matlaba, 19. Mncwango, 17. Hlongwane, 12. Kapinga.

Subs: 32. Muleka, 3. Ndou, 9. Andrianarimanana, 25. Mokoena, 27. Ng'ambi, 11. Musonda, 30.Mhlongo.

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