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Norway beat South Africa 1-0 at Cape Town Stadium

Posted: 8 January 2013 Time: 22:25

South Africa's build-up to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations were dealt a huge blow following a 1-0 friendly defeat to Norway at Cape Town Stadium.

Tarik Elyounoussi scored the match’s only goal in the first half, but the hosts would be disappointed by the number of chances they missed.

Bafana tested the Norwegian backline for the first time in the 16th minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s visionary pass found Katlego Mphela. The Sundowns striker expertly turned his defender, but his shot was weak and goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein saved with his feet.

Nine minutes later the visitors threatened the hosts’ defence when Bjorn Helge Riise fired a stinging shot from outside of the box which Itumeleng Khune parried.

Mphela was again denied by Jarstein when his header was parried away for a corner in the 36 minute – just a few seconds after Thuso Phala’s mesmerising run almost found the Sundowns man on the goalline.

But the Cape Town Stadium would go into silence when the Norwegians took the lead through some individual skill and an expert finish from Elyounoussi, who beat two defenders before firing an unstoppable shot past Itumeleng Khune.

In the 55th minute the South Africans were denied an equaliser when a counter-attack led by Phala nearly came to fruition. He released Tokelo Rantie, whose shot was saved by the keeper from close range. The rebound fell to Phala, but his effort was cleared off the line.

In the 83rd minute Phala - who had been a menace for the visiting defence in the second half - could only blast his shot over the bar from close range after Rantie’s initial shot was saved by the goalie.

So the 35 000 fans at Cape Town Stadium go home unhappy, but Gordon Igesund will take heart from the chances created – and hope the goals will come in Saturday’s friendly against Algeria at Orlando Stadium.

Bafana line-up against Norway: Itumeleng Khune, Tshepo Masilela, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Anele Ngcongca (Lehlohonolo Majoro 87), Lerato Chabangu (Bernard Parker 53), Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Kagisho Dikgacoi (May Mahlangu 69), Siphiwe Tshabalala (Thulani Serero 56), Thuso Phala, Katlego Mphela (Tokelo Rantie 46)

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:41 am
Facts:Majoro shot on goal = 0 (but was not bood)
Parker shot on goal = 0 (dont count that one back pass to Norway goliekeeper please,and the one
which end up to be throw in) -(But was not bood)
Tokelo Rantie shot on goal = 2 and 1 on Target (But was not bood)
Katlego Mphela shot on goal = 4 and 3 on Target (The Zebras and Amakhosikazi were booing him
from the first whistle)
Overall statistics
Bafana Shot at Goal = 11 (Katlego Mphela contributed 4 of them)
Shot on Target = 6 (Katlego Mphela contributed 3 of them)
Minus Katlego Mphela contribution you will see how poor this BafanaChief it is.I cant wait to see them get molested on AFCON.
Reminder:The goal scored by Norway comes from right wing attack.Who was playing there on our left back?AAAAaaaaaa... THIS TEAM IS A JOKE OF THE CENTURY.
PSL awards a joke
posted: 10:07 am
Reading all this comments, one can say there are a lot of people who did not kick the ball ever in their life but pretending to be good soccer analysts. Having watched the game, I would say it was by far the best performance since Gordon took charge. I am a little concern with out defense though as they panic at crucial moments. KG is also not doing enough to support in defense as well as in attack, for me Jali/Furman can do a better job to partner Yeye on that central midfield.

Its also time we use two striker with a player like Parker, Chabangu and Serero Playing behind them. For a change I would want to see supporters of the nation not chief/pirates. It should not about a certain player but the team as a whole
posted: 10:38 am
Bernad Cow Parker shot at goal:
1 back pass to Norway goalikeeper
1 shot end up to be throw in
posted: 10:52 am
female cow letsholonyane fail us
Zambia one
posted: 12:41 pm
What happened to the Bafana Bafana we knew. Masinga was useless but far much better than these guys you have now.
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