The teams walk out onto the field one by one rather than side by side to maintain social distancing.
Bloem Celtic squeezed through with a penalty shootout win over TS Sporting in the quarter-finals the day before football was called off due to COVID-19. Baroka beat Black Leopards in a Limpopo derby.
BAROKA XI: Chipezeze (C), Farmer, Sampson, Kambala, Gebhardt, Makgopa, Mosele, Mgaga, Patjie, Phiri Jr., Shozi. Subs: Dlamini, Madondo, Makume, Selemela, Mbulu, Kgoetyane, Mogale, Nguse, Ngubane.
CELTIC XI: Saine, Potsane, Mahashe, Masuku, Baloyi, Chabalala, Letlabika, Tani, Phalane, Mabena (C), Ngobeni. SUBS: Mpoto, Mashikinya, Lingwati, Maema, Fikizolo, Tchilimbou, Maloisane, Nyamende, Letsoalo.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first official South African club football match in five months. Baroka take on Bloem Celtic in the Nedbank Cup semifinals at Orlando Stadium.
After a moment of silence in honour of those affected by the pandemic and the frontline workers, Victor Hlungwani blows his whistle and Ndumiso Mabena gets football in South Africa back underway.
Mabena is played through and draws Chipezeze a long way out of his area. He cuts back, but only after giving Baroka time to get back in numbers and nullify the threat.
It’s been a scrappy start to the game, but Bloem Celtic will probably be the happier of the two sides as of now.
Celtic attack down the right and the ball is played in towards Mabena, who puts it just wide of the near post. It’s unclear whether or not Chipezeze got a touch on that. Goal-kick given.
Baroka have a half-chance from long range, but the effort at goal is horribly miscued. At the other end, Potsane shoots from distance, but Chipezeze saves.
Ngobeni charges down the left, but fires into the side-netting. Chipezeze restarts with another goal-kick.
Bloem Celtic apply the pressure and Farmer puts the ball behind for a corner. The delivery comes in, but Mahashe it evades the bodies in the danger area. Mahashe collided with Shozi’s elbow and goes down.
Phiri gets Baroka’s best chance so far, shooting from just outside the box, but missing the target.
Tani goes down clutching his hamstring. Let’s hope it’s nothing too serious.
Baloyi has a crack at goal from just outside the box. He gets lots of power on that, but fires wide.
Tani is forced off with Fikizolo replacing him. Injuries are likely to be a regular occurrence as football comes back thick and fast after a long break.
The offside flag halts a Baroka attack.
It’s time for the first drinks break of the day.
Baloyi is down after a late Gebhardt challenge.
RED CARD! Gebhardt is sent off for that challenge. He can have no complaints, but his team-mates can have plenty towards him.
A Bloem Celtic free-kick is smashed by Phalane into Sampson, who stands his ground well in the wall against a fierce strike.
Phalane has another long-range shot, but fires wide of the target.
Good work from the 10-man Baroka. Patjie is teed up by Phiri, but he takes too long to shoot and Chaine smothers him and makes the save.
HALF-TIME: BAROKA 0-1 BLOEM CELTIC. The red card to Gebhardt is the major talking point. Celtic lead thanks to Mabena’s opener.
GOAL, CELTIC, MABENA! 0-1: Chipezeze comes a long way out as Potsane is played in. Potsane rounds him, but takes it wide. There’s a scramble in the box. Fikizolo plays his part and Mabena finishes!
Fikizolo has a go at goal from long range, but fires over the target.
Five minutes of stoppage time have been added on. There have been plenty of breaks in play, so this is no surprise.
Bloem Celtic still look the more threatening of the two sides, but they haven’t yet really taken advantage of their one-man advantage. Chipezeze makes another comfortable save.
Back underway at Orlando Stadium. Kgoetyane and Ngubane are on for Phiri and Kambala in Baroka colours.
Celtic are moving the ball around nicely. As time wears on, it wouldn’t be surprising to see fatigue catching up with these Baroka players, who are working extra hard to make up for their one-man disadvantage.
Celtic continue to knock the ball about in an organised, patient manner.
Baroka go for the long ball aimed towards Kgoetyane in the area, but he isn’t tall enough to reach that.
Maema and Letsoalo come on in place of Masuku and Potsane as Bloem Celtic look to freshen up.
Letsoalo shoots from just outside the box. Chipezeze makes the save and holds on.
Great work from Farmer as he slides in front of Mabena. Mabena looked like he might have been going for goal from a difficult angle there.
Baroka are able to create an opportunity at the other end, with Patjie going for goal, but that is fired straight at Chaine, who makes the save.
The second half has so far been devoid of clear opportunities. Celtic started well, but Baroka have managed to ease into it. The contest is still alive.
Phalane lines one up from long range with nobody closing him down, but he doesn’t catch it properly and fires into an opponent.
It’s time for another cooling break.
Back underway with a Baroka throw-in.
Substitute Kgoetyane makes way with Mbulu replacing him. That’s an interesting decision from Dylan Kerr.
Phalane drives the ball into the danger area from the left, but nobody is there to tap in.
Nguse is on for Baroka in place of Mgaga.
PENALTY! Chipezeze keeps out a thunderous effort from long range, coming from Fikizolo. Mabena follows up and is brought down by the goalkeeper. Hlungwani says penalty!
GOAL, CELTIC, LETSOALO! 0-2: Letsoalo sends Chipezeze the wrong way and rolls the ball into the bottom corner! Bloem Celtic have breathing space!
Patjie fires at goal from long range, but he misses the target.
FULL-TIME: BAROKA 0-3 BLOEM CELTIC. The red card to Gebhardt set the tone for the rest of the game, but Bloem Celtic are good value for a comfortable win. Letsoalo scored twice and Mabena once to send them to the final.
Maloisane and Mashikinya are on for Bloem Celtic. Mashikinya’s cameo appearance is a success story after his recovery from COVID-19.
GOAL, CELTIC, LETSOALO! 0-3: Chipezeze makes a save off a close-range effort, but Letsoalo is there on the follow-up to put this to bed!
We are into five minutes of stoppage time as Bloem Celtic see a long-range effort go wide of goal.
Bloem Celtic are still playing some good, incisive football, perhaps deciding that attack is the best form of defence. Mabena sees a shot blocked by Shozi.