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Polokwane Take Control Of Playoffs

Promotion/Relegation Playoffs

Full Time: Polokwane City 2-0 Milano United

Date: 25 May 2014

Venue: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

Polokwane took control of the promotion/relegation playoffs with a 2-0 win over Milano United at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Second half goals from Sphesihle Nzimande and Thabo Rakhale handed Polokwane the win that sees them four points clear at the top in the mini-league ahead of Black Leopards.

The loss for Milano, however, ends their hopes of promotion into the Absa Premiership.

The opening 45 minutes saw Polokwane with more of the ball possession, but they failed to make the most of it and create any significant chances in front of goal.

Milano had the first attempt on goal in the third minute when Lesvin Stoffels met a low corner-kick with a clever backheel at the front post, but his effort struck the side-netting.

The game fell into a bit of a lull after that with Polokwane dominating the midfield battle, but only creating their first opportunity in front of goal in the 26th minute when Nzimande fired a shot from the edge of the box just wide.

The best chance of the half came just after the half hour mark when Vukile Mngqibisa saw a close range effort cleared off the line by Taariq Fielies following a goalmouth scramble at a corner-kick.

Milano did not see much of the ball, but were unlucky not to take the lead in the 36th minute after Moegamat Jacobs was afforded a free header inside the box after meeting a right wing cross, but his 12-yard effort went inches wide of the post.

The half ended 0-0.

The start of the second half saw Polokwane with the first effort on goal in the 51st minute when Jabu Maluleke unleashed a thunderous 30-yard shot which was brilliantly tipped over the bar by the Milano keeper.

Polokwane continued to push forward and were rewarded for their efforts in the 68th minute when Nzimande turned home a right wing cross from Rakhale with an expert volley from 14-yards out, 1-0.

Rakhale turned goalscorer ten minutes later when he was picked out with a left wing cross 16-yards out from goal. He controlled the ball well and passed it beyond the keeper to seal victory, 2-0.

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