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Bafana Crash Out On Penalties

Bafana Crash Out On Penalties

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1495 / / Feb 02, 2013 09:08 PM
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2013 AFCON Quarter-Final

Result: Bafana Bafana 1-1 (1-3 pen) Mali

Date: 3 February 2013

Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium

Bafana Bafana crashed out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after falling to a 3-1 loss to Mali in a penalty shootout after the game had ended 1-1 after extra-time.

Bafana started well and almost created some early chances as they forced the Mali defence into making mistakes.

Bernard Parker tried to get a shot away in the fifth minute but it was blocked before Tokelo Rantie shouted for a penalty after a slight tug in the area but the referee waved his claims away.

Seydou Keita went close in the eighth minutes with a cracking strike from the edge of the area that whistled just off target.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane was presented with a chance to shoot after good work from Rantie soon after but the Kaizer Chiefs man took too long on the ball and the Mali defence closed the gaps.

Thuso Phala then whipped a superb cross into the area but it was just ahead of May Mahlangu who saw his glancing header sail wide.

Rantie would be denied a clear route on goal by a last-ditch challenge from Adama Tamboura while Adama Coulibaly nodded well wide in the 19th minute.

Soumaila Diakite pulled off a great save to deny Rantie's dinked effort after he was played in by Mahlangu in the 21st minute while the Eagles were forced into an early substitution after Samba Diakite was replaced by Sigamary Diarra.

Tamboura then saw his swerving effort test Itumeleng Khune but Bafana would grab the lead after a swift move ended with Phala scuffing a low pass to the far post where Rantie was free to tap in.

The goal scorer suffered a knock earlier in the game though and eventually had to come off to be replaced by Lehlohonolo Majoro.

Samba Sow had a great chance in the 42nd minute to equalise when the ball was pulled back to him at the edge of the area but he blazed his effort well over while Dean Furman made a telling block to block Sigamary Diarra late in the half as Bafana held onto the lead.

Bafana seemed to take their foot off the gas slightly after the break as the Eagles slowly came into the game but Majoro had a great chance in the 56th minute when he was slipped in by Letsholonyane but his touch was poor and the goalkeeper made the save at his feet.

The visitors would punish that miss moments later when Samassa curled the ball into the middle and Keita was left free to head at goal from close range. Khune got something on the ball but it was not enough as it bounced over.

Mali could have had a second minutes later as Siboniso Gaxa played a poor pass back toward Khune and Mahamadou Samassa pounced but the goalkeeper made a superb save.

As the half wore on, pace dropped from both sides considerably but the brilliant Mahlangu would test the goalkeeper with a low strike from the edge of the area.

Neither side wanted to make a mistake in the dying minutes of regulation time and no real chances arrived as the game went to extra-time.

Bafana had to scramble the ball away from an early free-kick while Mahlangu burst forward on the counter but sent his strike straight at the goalkeeper.

Chances were hard to come by as extra-time stretched on and legs began to tire, and penalties were needed to decide matters.

Siphiwe Tshabalala took the responsibility to take the first penalty and made no mistake but both Furman and Mahlangu had their efforts saved before Majoro curled a horrible effort wide of the target as Bafana crashed out.

Standard Bank Moment of the Match: Tokelo Rantie tapped in at the far post to give South Africa the lead after a positive first-half but the tournament hosts would end up tumbling out after losing in a penalty shootout.

Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Tsepo Masilela, Bernard Parker, May Mahlangu, Dean Furman, Reneilwe Letholonyane, Thuso Phala, Tokelo Rantie.

Mali: Soumaila Diakite, Fousseni Diawara, Adama Coulibaly, Molla Wague, Adama Tamboura, Mohamed Sissoko, Samba Sow, Seydou Keita, Samba Diakite, Mahamadou Samassa, Modibo Maiga.

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mothogaafele Level 5
We lost via penalties - Coach told the players that it was unnecessary to practies that important part of the game, taking penalties, while Mali practiesed them for an hour -they were more determined than us. Truth be told, he failed us this time around -we'll see what he will do next. It is our country, we have to rally behind the boys - the less mistakes they do, the better results we will have. We lost the game that was in our hands, Golden Blood!!!

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diaspora1 Level 1
Sorry Sangweni, all you good work messed up by that ugly gorilla called Lethsolonyane

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Tumza25 Level 1
I now understand why yeye & masilela allowed King Keita a free header. I advice yeye 2 drop charges, coz I think Keita didnt mean 2 pul his underware'.

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De Mbambos Level 1
South Africa, soccer fans, eye opener here: 'u r not even in the top20 in Africa's best at this moment!' Hosting doesn't mean u r gonna win it, i can refer u to many hosts who suffered such but dey didn't hang deir team. Its not like u have won all ur home games without GI. GI did what ur previous coaches failed to do, 'give us hope', if u still dont have hope den wake up n smell de coffee because Cape Verde, Angola, Morocco, Mali and Algeria are better Dan us at the moment even in rankings. The game we played against Mali was a great game from our side if u exclude de captain, sory for ds but he sucks, we lost because one team was suppose to lose not because we sucked. When u comment on football, be a real football fan not a dreamer.

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ju-ju28 Level 1
Keaitsi...sori 2 reply late, i ddnt c yo comment dat u directed 2 me yesterday- im only seeing it nw...look, i engage wit u nt yo father so i wld expect u 2 do da same...my father duznt comment here...ungazokhuluma amase-nde wena la, nja!

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lekhosidude Level 2
dissapointed..!

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27714374149 Level 3
I've 10d my back on bafana bafana til GI do d ryt ting................select plyrs on merit,quality n class.

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Sbuzwa Level 2
Bongani Khumalo fake son of a soil, period. Nxx

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27714374149 Level 3
Bucs stil holding a record of 2000+ comments...............i wanda wat comes in yeye's mind wen he c jersey #12.

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Vaphi Level 5
GI you played seven Zebraz at your own peril...

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Vaphi Level 5
Thank you very much Mali and wish I you all the best going forward...

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Vaphi Level 5
Thank you very much Mali and wish I all the best going forward...

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Vaphi Level 5
I saw this coming and I was called different names...

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therealsamuel Level 1
I predict nigeria to win the trophy.Mali is 1 man team

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Molane Level 5
With that play we will qualify 4 brazil...gould will come back to rescue that shenanigans cd of bongani n sangweni.psa

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