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Posted: 27 January 2015 Time: 18:45

Bafana Bafana bowed out of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-1 loss to Ghana on Tuesday night.

FULL-TIME: Group C winners Ghana advance to the quarter-finals, along with Algeria, as Bafana and Senegal are eliminated.

90'- GHANA BOOKING: Brimah is cautioned for time-wasting. There will be three minutes of added time.

88'- Yeye has a shot charged down from the edge of the area.

85'- BAFANA SUB: Parker replaces Ndulula.

83' - GHANA GOAL! Ayew heads the Black Stars in front! As it stands Ghana will go through with Algeria, who are beating Senegal 2-0.

80' - Bafana can't get out of their own half as Ghana launch countless attacks on Khuzwayo's goal.

79' - BAFANA BOOKING: Furman receives a yellow card for dissent.

75' - Ghana hit the post, as Khuzwayo pushes Appiah's low strike onto the woodwork!

74' - BAFANA SUB: Letsholonyane replaces Rantie.

73'- GHANA GOAL! The sub Boye finishes with a low strike in the area after latching onto Ayew's misdirected effort!

70' - GHANA DOUBLE SUB: Agyemang replaces Acquah, Appiah comes on for J. Ayew. Appiah is making his debut.

68' - Bafana teenager Coetzee has a shot blocked by defensive counterpart Boye.

66' - At the moment Bafana are doing little more than defending, as Ngcongca, who is on a yellow, is penalised for bringing down J. Ayew.

65' - The combative Jali and Rahman exchange pleasantries after the Oostende midfielder shoved Wakaso to the ground. The former Orlando Pirates star is lucky to escape with a caution.

62' - Atsu surrenders possession with a poor cross from the left after a sustained bout of pressure for the West Africans.

61' - Tower heads away a cross from the left by Rahman, as Ghana continue to press.

60' - Wakaso pummels another effort from range wide of the target.

58' - BAFANA SUB: Vilakazi replaces Phala.

57' - Khuzwayo does well to punch away a J. Ayew cross from the right intended for Gyan.

56' - Boye exhibits his strength and experience in holding off Rantie, allowing his keeper to gather.

55' - Khuzwayo scurries across to keep out a deflected left-footed shot from Wakaso. It was going wide but the keeper had to be sure.

53' - Some strong challenges going in, as Glasgow Celtic's Wakaso slides in brilliantly to dispossess Phala.

52' - Matlaba directs another speculative effort off target.

51' - Ndulula is unable to turn in a difficult chance following Phala's cutback from the right. Drogba was tightly marked there.

50' - Masango and Acquah exchange words after an aerial challenge.

49' - Masango energetically steps in off the left flank but then miscues a shot horribly off target, and lifts a hand in apology to his teammates.

48' - Gyan lifts his curling set-piece over the crossbar.

47' - Ghana with a free-kick on the edge of the area as Coetzee is penalised for a foul on Gyan.

46' - Bafana get us back underway. No changes at the interval.

HALF-TIME: Bafana enter the break 1-0 up via Masango's superb 17th minute volley. Algeria are also 1-0 up against Senegal at half-time of their simultaneous Group C tie, with Mahrez getting the goal. As it stands Algeria and Senegal will go through to the quarter-finals.

45' - There will be one minute of added time.

44' - Ndulula gets a rare decision going his way under a challenge from Baba. Phala's resultant free-kick, while useful, fails to bear fruit.

42' - Matlaba disappoints with a wayward effort from range. The Orlando Pirates left-back does love a crack from distance but got it horribly wrong on that occasion.

40' - Ndulula does brilliantly to exact power off a header at the backpost, forcing a sharp save from Brimah! Ngcongca's cross from the right lacked a bit of pace.

39' - Acquah tries to locate Afful with an ambitious ball down the right but his delivery is a touch too strong.

37' - BAFANA BOOKING: Ngcongca is cautioned for a challenge on A. Ayew.

36' - GHANA SUB: Boye replaces the injured Amartey.

35' - Amartey's night could be over as he limps off the field, with the Black Stars dugout a hive of activity.

34 - Khuzwayo keeps out a powerful shot from Rahman in a crowded box! The Ghanaian really got hold of that.

32' - Jali's back on his feet as Ghana clear their lines - after Ndulula was blown up for a push in the box - following a Masango corner.

31' - Jali is now rolling around the ground in pain. Bafana have certainly been in the wars at this Afcon.

30' - Khuzwayo shakes off the knock and shows no ill effects when making a clearance. That's a relief for the Bafana camp.

29' - Khuzwayo is receiving medical attention, with what looks to be a hamstring complaint.

28' - Amartey rises with intent but is unable to get decent contact on a header off a fourth corner of the night for Ghana.

26' - The chasing Rantie is caught offside for the second time in the game.

25' - Khuzwayo confidently punches the ball out of a crowded box.

24' - The Black Stars certainly look lively with the ball at their feet in the final third, Bafana could be in for a long night.

23' - Gyan collapses in the box under a challenge from the nuggety Jali, but the ref waves play on.  

21' - Furman gets up well for his modest height but he's blown up for a push on his opponent.

19' - Bafana's defence teams up to mug Gyan of the ball on the edge of the SA box.

17 '- BAFANA GOAL! Masango thumps in the opener with a first-time strike from range! Sensational looping volley from the Amakhosi attacker for his second ever international goal! What a time to deliver!

16' - Bad news for Bafana fans, as Algeria have taken a 1-0 lead against Senegal in the matching fixture.

15' - Khuzwayo comes off his line to collect with dangerman Gyan bearing down on him.

14' - Ghana appeal wildly for a penalty for an alleged hand-ball against Furman in the box, but the ref is unmoved. At first glance looks the right call.

12' - Amartey hobbles back onto his feet after receiving medical attention following a tussle with the bustling Rantie.

11' - Wakaso links up with J. Ayew before threading a ball down the left for the overlapping Rahman, but the latter is penalised for offside.

10' - Ndulula narrowly fails to get on the end of Phala's dangerous cross from the right! There wasn't much in that.

8' - Ghana applying the pressure, with Bafana looking nervous at the back.

6' - Mathoho clears off the line, to deny J. Ayew on the follow-up, after Khuzwayo spilled a weak shot following a bursting run from Atsu! Big let-off there for Bafana.

5' - Mathoho lets Gyan know he's around but his challenge from behind is an illegal one. Mensah heads the resultant free-kick wide of the target.

4' - Ndulula, making his first start of the competition, is blown up for a hand-ball when trying to control with his back to goal.

3' - Bafana knock it around before Furman's ball down the right is too strong for the chasing Phala. The SuperSport United winger offers plenty of pace, something which Ghana will certainly be aware of.

2' - Khuzwayo gets an early touch as Ghana concede possession soon after the kick-off. That will do it's little bit in helping settle the Kaizer Chiefs keeper's nerves.

1' - We are underway between Bafana and Ghana, with referee Nampiandraza, from Madagascar, officiating proceedings.

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Bafana Bafana need to beat the Black Stars at the Estadio de Mongomo and hope that Senegal defeat Algeria if they are to ensure a quarter-final berth at the CAF showpiece.

If Algeria trump Senegal in a simultaneous fixture, Bafana still have to score three clear goals - less whatever goals Algeria score against Senegal - to finish second in the pool and progress.

In team news, Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has made four changes since the 1-1 draw with Senegal, bringing in goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, fit-again defender Rivaldo Coetzee, winger Mandla Masango and targetman Bongani Ndulula.

The men to make way are: Jackson Mabokgwane, injured pair Thulani Hlatshwayo and Oupa Manyisa, and the in-form Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Khuzwayo's selection means Bafana will have a different keeper for all three of their Group C ties, with Mabokgwane taking the place of Darren Keet after the 3-1 loss to Algeria.

Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Furman will captain the side again.

The Ghanaians, meanwhile, are sporting just one adjustment since their 1-0 win against the Desert Foxes, with Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu dropping out for Mubarak Wakaso.

A victory for the four-time continental champions will see them into the next round, while a draw could also do the job.

Bafana XI: Khuzwayo, Ngcongca, Matlaba, Coetzee, Mathoho, Furman, Jali, Masango, Phala, Rantie, Ndulula.

Subs: Keet, Mabokgwane, Gcaba, Sangweni, Zwane, Letsholonyane, Manyisa, Zungu, Parker, Nhlapo, Vilakazi.

Ghana XI: Brimah, Afful, Rahman, Amartey, Mensah, Acquah, A Ayew, Wakaso, Atsu, Gyan, J Ayew.

 

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