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Bafana End WC Qualifying Campaign With Defeat

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier 

Result: Senegal 2-1 Bafana Bafana

Date: 14 November 2017 

Venue: Stade Leopold Senghor 

Goals from Opa Nguette and Kara Mbodji secured maximum points for Senegal, as Bafana Bafana went down 2-1 away from home in their final 2018 World Cup qualifier.

South Africa had the first opportunity in the 10th minute. A long free-kick into the opposition box was headed across goal by Clayton Daniels and Morgan Gould’s volley went over the bar.   

After 26 minutes, Percy Tau was brought down in the box and appealed for a penalty but the referee waved play-on.

Bafana should have taken the lead in the 37th minute, when Tau laid the ball off for Sibusiso Vilakazi, who had the goal at his mercy but shot straight to goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, who also saved Keagan Dolly’s tame attempt from the rebound.

Despite being in control of possession, Senegal failed to test Bafana shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune, as the teams went into the break tied at 0-0. 

The Senegalese broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, after Khune was caught off his line. Opa Nguette chipped the ball into the back of the net from 25-yards out, to give his side a 1-0 lead.

After 63 minutes, Tau played Themba Zwane through on goal and the winger was fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded. Zwane stepped up took the penalty but, failed to hit the target as Senegal remained in the lead.

A minute later, Tau found the back of the net after a quick counter-attack saw the forward through on goal and he made no mistake as his finish leveled the scores a 1-1.

Senegal almost regained the lead in the 74th minute from a corner as Kara Mbodji towered over the Bafana defence, only to see his header crash against the crossbar.   

Mbodji was not to be denied for a second time as he rose highest again and headed past Khune, to see Senegal score in the final minute of the game and sealed maximum points for his team at the final whistle.

Here's how they lined up: 

Senegal: Gomis, Kouyate, Mbodji, Gueye, Sow, Niang (Ciss 73’), Nguette, Sabaly, A. Ndiaye (Diousse 88’), P. Ndiaye (Ndoye 80’), Wague

 

Bafana: Khune, Mkhize, Daniels, Gould, Hlanti, Furman, Zungu, Zwane (Jali 71’), Dolly, Tau, Vilakazi (Manyama 84’).

 

 

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