HOW THE AWAY-GOAL RULE WORKS

CityPress - - Sport -

All four re­main­ing clubs still have a lot to play for, as no one is guar­an­teed a place in the fi­nal as yet.

Af­ter scor­ing away from home, de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Kaizer Chiefs and Bid­vest Wits will welcome Bloem­fontein Celtic and Ajax Cape Town to their fortresses, re­spec­tively, hop­ing to use their away goals to good ef­fect.

Chiefs and Wits each scored one in their 1-all draws last week­end, mean­ing they have the lux­ury of play­ing to a goal­less draw at home.

But start­ing with the mind-set of play­ing for a stale­mate could be sui­ci­dal, as the vis­it­ing clubs will be go­ing all out to score.

Celtic and Ajax know ex­actly what they need to do to ad­vance to the fi­nal – score goals. They won away from home in their quar­ter­fi­nal matches – beat­ing Mamelodi Sun­downs and Or­lando Pi­rates, re­spec­tively.

The teams will adopt an at­tack­ing ap­proach again and sup­port­ers can ex­pect en­ter­tain­ing matches.

The first leg be­tween Celtic and Chiefs was not only a full-house af­fair, but also pro­duced the most talked- about goals. While Hélder Pelembe’s stun­ning shot beat Itume­leng Khune, Bernard Parker’s well-taken strike sailed past Pa­trick Tignyemb.

The strikes have set the tone for what could be an ex­plo­sive sec­ond leg on Satur­day night.

On their way to lift­ing last sea­son’s tro­phy, Chiefs did not con­cede a sin­gle goal, but have al­ready let in four goals in two matches so far. The Ur­ban War­riors should also come out guns blaz­ing on Sun­day when they visit Bid­vest Sta­dium, as they want to reach their sec­ond suc­ces­sive fi­nal af­ter los­ing to Sun­downs in the Ned­bank Cup fi­nal in May. A fort­night ago, Roger De Sá’s side lost to the Stu­dents at the same venue, and will want to avenge that de­feat.

The first leg was marred by poor pitch con­di­tions at Coet­zen­burg Sta­dium, but Bid­vest Sta­dium should be in tip-top con­di­tion for a per­fect game from both sides.

This will only come into ef­fect if both matches end goal­less – which will see Wits and Chiefs ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal by virtue of hav­ing scored away from home.

In the case of 1-all draws, games will go into ex­tra time and penal­ties if dead­locks re­main af­ter ex­tra time.

A high-scor­ing draw will see Celtic and Ajax ad­vanc­ing, as they would have scored more goals away from home.

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