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Posted: 19 January 2015 Time: 17:48

South Africa lost 3-1 to Algeria in their Africa Cup of Nations opener - recap the action with our blow-by-blow account at the Estadio de Mongomo.

FULL-TIME: Phala's strike is not enough, as Algeria hit back through an own goal by Hlatshwayo, and efforts from Ghoulam and Slimani.

92' - Bafana probe for a way through but Algeria look organised at the back.

90' - ALGERIA SUB: Soudani replaces Brahimi. There will be four minutes of optional time.

85' - BAFANA SUB: Masango replaces Vilakazi.

83' - ALGERIA GOAL! Slimani makes it 3-1 as his left-footed shot slips under Keet. Poor stuff from the Bafana number one.

79' - BAFANA SUB: Ndulula replaces Rantie.

75' - Phala runs with intent down the right but he is unable to thread the ball through for Vilakazi.

72' - ALGERIA GOAL! Ghoulam powers the ball home from inside the area after bursting down the left!

70' - Manyisa desperately clears ahead of Slimani after Keet spilled the ball. Bafana looking shaky.

69' - Belfodil shoots well wide from distance.

67' - ALGERIA GOAL! Hlatshwayo heads in an own-goal!

64' - ALGERIA SUB: Taider comes on Lacen.

62' - Jali balloons his effort over after being teed up by Rantie.

61' - Rantie mis-hits a low cross from the right by Nhlapo. That was a good chance.

60' - ALGERIA SUB: Belfodil comes on Mahrez.

58' - Keet punches away a curling corner by Brahimi under pressure.

56' - Keet makes a superb double save to deny Slimani from close range, with the keeper pushing the second effort onto the crossbar and out!

55' - MISSED PENALTY! Rantie thumps his effort against the crossbar!

53' - BAFANA PENALTY! Mandi is penalised for a reckless challenge on Vilakazi in the area!

51' - BAFANA GOAL! Phala steers the ball home from close range following some smart build-up play by Vilakazi and Rantie!

50' - Vilakazi heads a Phala corner off target.

49' - Overlapping left-back Matlaba puts in a dangerous square-ball but no teammate is at hand to capitalise.

47' - Manyisa slips the ball through for Rantie, but the Bournemouth striker is offside.

46' - We are back underway.

HALF-TIME: It's goalless at the break, with Bafana's Furman coming closest with a shot against the crossbar.

45' - There will be two minutes of stoppage time.

43' - Mahrez drags his left-footed strike across the face of goal, while at the other end Jali shoots straight at M'Boli from close range after being teed up by Manyisa. Credit to the keeper there for getting his angles right.

42' - Vilakazi and Matlaba combine in the box, but Vila's unable to get the shot away as M'Boli does brilliantly to snuff out the danger.

41' - Manyisa's through-ball is a touch too long for Wits attacker Vilakazi.

40' - Furman nips in to arrest Brahimi's progress around the edge of the box.

38' - Fullback Mandi hoists his shot over from a difficult angle.

37' - Rantie initially does well to ride two challenges but then runs the ball out of play.

35' - The heavily-marked Rantie shows good strength to hold up the ball, despite giving up plenty in height to his admirers.

34' - Vilakazi is penalised for a shove in the back of Bentaleb. It's a bit stop-start at the moment.

33' - BAFANA BOOKING: Matlaba is harshly cautioned for a challenge on Feghouli, who looked to have slipped when trying to turn.

30' - Hlatshwayo has joined Ngcongca in central defence, with Nhlapo going to right-back, and Matlaba guarding the left.

29' - BAFANA SUB: Nhlapo replaces the injured Coetzee.

28' - Coetzee's night could be over, as he is stretchered off with a knock.

26' - Halliche concedes a corner with a miscued clearance under pressure from Rantie.

25' - Mahrez curls a tame free-kick straight at Keet, who gathers with ease.

23'- WOODWORK! Furman rattles the crossbar, via the fingers of M'Boli, with a powerful strike from just outside the area!

22' - Rantie fluffs his left-footed shot on the angle after collecting another ball over the top from Jali.

21' - The combative Jali comes off second best in a 50/50, but the Oostende man is soon back on his feet.

20' -  Brahimi has a crack but his effort is hit straight at Keet, who is equal to the task.

19' - The typically hard-working Rantie pressures Ghoulam, forcing a weak clearance from the Algerian.

17' - Rantie bursts on to a long ball over the top but runs out of space. Algeria were exposed there for a second.

16' - Beligum-based Keet collects with authority off a deflected cross from the left by Mahrez.

15' - Bafana are starting to make some progress down the right, but Furman concedes possession with a hopeful ball over the top.

13' - Phala earns a corner with a strong run down the right, but Hlatshwayo is adjudged to have fouled Slimani when challenging for the delivery.

12' - Keet confidently gathers Brahimi's floated ball into the box, intended for Slimani.

11' - Furman is blown up for bundling over Mahrez from behind.

10' - Ghoulam cuts out Coetzee's long ball intended for the speedy Phala on the right flank.

8' - Keet drops down on Bentaleb's glancing header.

7' - Ghoulam drills the resultant free-kick straight at Keet, who gathers at the second attempt.

6' - Vilakazi is penalised for a shove on Bentaleb. The Bidvest Wits man doesn't look impressed with that decision.

4' - Furman slides in strongly to slow down a determined Algeria, who continue to press forward.

3' - Goalkeeper Keet gets an early touch as he comfortably gathers a ball into his box.

2' - Bafana gang up to dispossess the dangerous Brahimi, as Coetzee clears.

1'- We are underway between Bafana and Algeria.

Kick-off is at 21h00 (SA time).

Group C rivals Senegal and Ghana contested the earlier kick-off, with the Teranga Lions snatching a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Black Stars.

Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Furman will captain Bafana Bafana, who are minus suspended Kaizer Chiefs pair Mulomowandau Mathoho and Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

READ: SA vs Algeria previous meetings

Ajax Cape Town centre-back Rivaldo Coetzee and striker Tokelo Rantie will start after shaking off slight knocks, while Bernard Parker is on the bench after also recovering from an injury.

Five starters will be making their Nations Cup debut. They are: Coetzee, fellow defender Thulani Hlatshwayo, goalkeeper Darren Keet, central midfielder Andile Jali, and the attack-minded Sibusiso Vilakazi.

FC Porto playmaker Yacine Brahimi - the BBC African Player of the Year - is expected to play a big role for the Desert Foxes, who are Africa's top ranked side, and notably stretched world champions Germany at last year's Fifa showpiece in Brazil.

South Africa: Keet, Ngcongca, Matlaba, Hlatshwayo, Coetzee, Furman, Jali, Manyisa, Phala, Vilakazi, Rantie. 

Subs: Mabokgwane, Khuzwayo, Gcaba, Sangweni, Zwane, Masango, Zungu, Parker, Nhlapo, Ndulula.

Algeria: M'Boli, Mandi, Medjani, Halliche, Ghoulam, Feghouli, Bentaleb, Lacen, Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani.

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