Rodrigues' Double Damages Bafana's WC Chances
2018 World Cup Qualifier Report: Bafana Bafana v Cape Verde 05 September 2017
2018 World Cup Qualifier
Result: Bafana Bafana 1-2 Cape Verde
Date: 05 September 2017
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Cape Verde outwitted Bafana Bafana in their own backyard to earn a vital 2-1 victory which sees them leapfrog Stuart Baxter's men in Group D.
Early pressure from the hosts saw Hlompho Kekana try one of his famous long range strikes after seven minutes but the Sundowns man’s effort went slightly wide of the target.
Bafana showed their attacking intent soon after as Bradley Grobler played in strike partner Tokelo Rantie, but the latter squandered a good chance to put his team in front.
Cape Verde played a quick corner and Ryan Mendes nearly caught out Wayne Sandilands with a speculative effort which sailed just over the bar. Mendes was again making a menace of himself but saw his tame effort easily dealt with by Sandilands.
A golden opportunity fell for Grobler in the opposition’s small box but his free header failed to trouble Josimar Dias in the Cape Verde goal in what was the last chance of the half.
Great interplay between Themba Zwane and Tokelo Rantie placed Rantie in a good position to have a shot at goal and he did just that, but the ball went just wide as the score remained goalless at the halftime break.
The visitors took the lead on the stroke of the 50th minute with a beautifully struck free-kick by Garry Rodrigues to silence the home crowd.
The Islanders were spurred on by their advantage while the hosts seemed out of ideas and were punished again by an outrageous long range strike from Rodrigues to double his team’s lead in the 64th minute.
With Bafana trailing, Baxter introduced the likes of Andile Jali a minute later, before Percy Tau was introduced in the 77th minute.
Baxter’s men were on the back foot for most of the second half but a late surge from the home side saw them pull one back through a deflected Andile Jali effort in the 88th minute.
It was a little too late as the visitors held Bafana off to collect maximum points and complete the double over their opponents.
Here's how they lined up:
Bafana: Sandilands, Gould, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mphahlele, Furman, Kekana (Tau 77'), Zwane (Manyama 56'), Dolly, Grobler (Jali 64'), Rantie.
Cape Verde: Dias, Almeida, Pereira, Rodrigues Dos Santos, Da Druz, Soares, Rocha, Rodrigues, Mendes, Tavares.