Wednesday Jul 05, 2017. 21:22
Good evening and welcome to our coverage of the 2017 Cosafa Cup semifinal between Lesotho and Zimbabwe from the Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg, on Wednesday 5 July.
All times CAT
90+4' - Full time -
A seven-goal thriller between Lesotho and Zimbabwe, with the latter winning 4-3 to advance into the final. What a great night of football, 13 goals in the two semifinals! Zambia and Zimbabwe will battle for the Cosafa Cup crown on Sunday!
90+3' - GOAL! Lesotho 3-4 Zimbabwe -
Moyo trips up a Lesotho attacker in the box and it's a penalty! Koetle takes the spot kick and converts to make it 4-3! Too little, too late, surely...
There will be three minutes of added time.
Still these two teams pound away at each other. Lesotho aren't quite in Zimbabwe's weight division - to coin a boxing metaphor - but they've shown great heart.
Great stuff from Zimbabwe, they showed no nerves of giving the game away and simply backed themselves to take the lead back out to two goals.
83' - GOAL! Lesotho 2-4 Zimbabwe -
But the two-goal advantage is restored almost immediately and it's a hat-trick (finally!) for Mutizwa! Messy at the back from Lesotho and Mutizwa exchanges passes with Manuvire before finishing easily from close range!
80' - GOAL! Lesotho 2-3 Zimbabwe -
But just when you write Lesotho off, Khutlang does brilliantly to gift Potloane a tap-in to reduce the deficit! Game on!
Karuru penalised in Lesotho's box for a push on a defender. It's hard to see a way back for Likuena now.
Zimbabwe's second change sees the excellent Chawapiwa make way for Katsvairo.
Karuru crosses from the right, Mutizwa gets a header on target but it's straight at Mputhi! Mutizwa should have a hat-trick by now...
It's looking very much like the final will be contested between Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the winners set to become the first team to win five Cosafa Cup titles.
Karuru with a diving header which is bravely blocked, and Chawapiwa then tries a long range effort which is high and wide. The Warriors aren't satisfied with three goals...
64' - GOAL! Lesotho 1-3 Zimbabwe -
Chawapiwa picks up a loose ball near Lesotho's box, cuts inside and cracks home a super drive into the top corner! Zimbabwe now well in control!
Lesotho's second change sees Potloane replace Kalake in midfield.
Past the hour mark, Zimbabwe in the ascendancy but there's a long way to go in this one and it has the feeling of a game which has more goals to come...
Khutlang leads a counter attack which ends with him firing a left-footed effort into the back of the net, but he's flagged offside in a very tight decision!
Mutizwa drives an effort on goal fro range, Mputhi punches the strike away.
That goal was no less than Zimbabwe deserved for a positive start to the second stanza.
51' - GOAL! Lesotho 1-2 Zimbabwe -
The Warriors are back in front! Chawapiwa's diagonal pass finds Mutizwa, who finishes coolly with the left foot for his second of the night!
Lesotho's Koetle shoots direct from a free kick, but it's well over the target.
In fact the Warriors have made one change, with Manuvire introduced in place of Mucheneka.
Back underway in the second half, no changes from either side at the break.
45+1' - Half time -
It's 1-1 at the break, with Mutizwa's goal cancelled out by Motebang's equaliser - and what a great tactical change that was from Likuena coach Moses Maliehe.
Chipeta looks to put Zim back in front as he meets a corner kick at the far post, but his effort is into the side netting.
42' - GOAL! Lesotho 1-1 Zimbabwe -
Lesotho back on level terms and it's the substitute Motebang who scores! A free kick into the box falls at his feet and he controls before a lunging shot into the back of the net for 1-1!
A Lesotho corner almost sees Mokhehle sneak the ball home after Maway drops a cross, but the effort is cleared off the goal line!
Motebang's introduction has seen Lesotho opt for a more direct style of play and thus far it's putting more pressure on Zimbabwe's defence.
Lesotho make an early change as Tale is replaced by Motebang.
Mushure looks to shoot direct from a long-range free kick, but can't get the better of the defensive wall.
Zimbabwe playing with far more fluency and confidence now.
Moyo with a superb run from midfield before squaring for Mutizwa, who fires wide of the goalkeeper's right-hand post! That should have been 2-0...
Past the midway point of the first half, it's Zimbabwe who lead 1-0 in this second semifinal.
Lesotho maybe have a right to feel aggrieved that they have started the match so well and find themselves trailing, but their defending for Mutizwa's goal was diabolical.
19' - GOAL! Lesotho 0-1 Zimbabwe -
The Warriors hit the lead after just a short period of pressure! A corner kick delivered into the middle of the six-yard area is easily tapped home by Mutizwa, shocking marking from Lesotho!
Lesotho 'keeper Mputhi dallies on the ball, Karuru has a sight of an open goal but can't direct a shot on target!
Zimbabwe's first shot comes through a long-range effort from Mushure which is way off target.
Mushure with a hopeful ball forward for Mutizwa to chase, but it comes to nothing. Zimbabwe can't quite get going in this semifinal.
Khutlang steals the ball off Mucheneka and gets a shot away, but Mawaya gets down low to make a solid save.
Zimbabwe haven't managed to settle into a spell of possession, Lesotho have done a great job in harrying them in midfield.
Safe handling from Mawaya as he catches a free kick sent into his box.
Likuena have started strongly, they are not overawed by the challenge of facing the Warriors at all.
The first corner goes the way of Lesotho. Kalake plays it short, receives the ball back and looks for an in-swinging cross, but it's no real danger to Zim's defence.
The first shot in anger comes from Lesotho's Khutlang, but his long-range effort is easy for Mawaya to handle.
1' - Kick-off -
We are underway at Moruleng Stadium! Lesotho wear all green, while Zimbabwe are in all yellow.
The teams are out on the pitch for the national anthems, kick-off just a few minutes away.
We're less than half an hour away from kick-off in the second semifinal. The first match of the day saw Zambia defeat Tanzania to advance into the final. Here are the line-ups for Lesotho and Zimbabwe...
Mputhi, Moremoholo, Tseka, Mokhehle, Sello, Mahula, Koetle, Kalake, Khutlang, Ntso, Tale
Mawaya, Chipeta, Tigere, Chakoroma, Moyo, Takwara, Chawapiwa, Mucheneka, Karuru, Mushure, Mutizwa