Score: Costa Rica 0-1 Bafana Bafana
Date: 09 October 2015
Venue: Estadio Nacional
Andile Jali's first-half strike was enough to earn Bafana Bafana a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in an international friendly.
Itumeleng Khune was called into action as early as the third minute to deny Joel Campbell from close range, after a poor clearance from the Bafana goalkeeper.
Bafana broke the deadlock in the ninth minute when Andile Jali played a neat one-two with Thulani Serero, before lobbing the on-rushing Keylor Navas for his second goal for Bafana.
Shakes Mashaba's men continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession in the early stages and nearly doubled their advantage in the 14th minute but Serero fired well wide of the mark from inside the area.
The hosts nearly drew level in the 25th minute when Marco Urena showed a great turn of pace to lose Rivaldo Coetzee, before forcing Khune into a save at the near post.
Bafana enjoyed more of the ball as the half went on, as the like of Jali, Serero and Bongani Zungu linked up on a few occasions, although they failed to test Navas after scoring the opener.
The South Africans nearly doubled their advantage 10 minutes into the second half but Navas was well-positioned to deal with Serero's effort from a tight angle, after some good build-up play.
Khune was called upon in the 64th minute as the Bafana goalkeeper did well to keep out Urena's stinging effort from a tight angle, as the hosts piled on the pressure.
The home side continued to push for an equaliser and went close in the 71st minute when Urena teed up Celso Borges in the box, but the midfielder sliced his effort just wide of the target.
Mashaba looked to be content with the score and introduced the likes of Kamohelo Mokotjo and Thulani Hlatshwyo to shut up shop for the final stages of the second half.
Costa Rica went even closer in the 77th minute when Daniel Colindries found some space 25-yards out but his effort sailed inches wide of the post, with Khune scrambling.
Mashaba's men managed to see off a late surge from the home side to claim the win at the Estadio Nacional.
Here's how they lined up:
Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Gamboa , Acosta, Calvo, Borges, Duarte, Venegas, Tejeda ,Campbell, Oviedo, Urena
Bafana Bafana: Itumeleng Khune, Anele Ngcongca, Rivaldo Coetzee, Erick Mathoho, Mosa Lebusa, Mandla Masango, Andile Jali, Bongani Zungu, Thulani Serero, George Lebese, Sibusiso Vilakazi.