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South Africa draw with Morocco to top AFCON 2013 Group A

Posted: 27 January 2013 Time: 19:51

South Africa have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals after a 2-2 draw against Morocco at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday evening.

All the awesome photos of last night's action HERE!

Bafana Bafana twice went behind to goals from El Adoua and Hafdi, but responses from May Mahlangu and Siyabonga Sangweni secured the point which saw the hosts go through.

For a video of the match highlights, click HERE!

The north Africans started strongly and fired an early warning shot when Kadioui’s effort from just outside the area went wide. Shortly afterwards, the same player forced Itumeleng Khune into a smart save after running onto a lobbed pass.

However, Morocco’s dominance was eventually rewarded on 10 minutes when El Adoua rose highest at a corner to head the ball into the back of the net, though Khune should have done better with the cross.

Despite scoring the goal, the north Africans refused to sit back and almost netted twice in as many minutes when Belghazouani’s shot was turned around the corner. From the resultant set-piece, El Adoua had another free header that went narrowly wide.

Bafana’s first shot at target came on 27 minutes when Bernard Parker found some space in the box, but he dragged his effort across the face of goal.

Morocco had another great chance to extend their lead in the 45th minute when Chafni was sent clean through on goal, but Khune raced out of his area and saved with his feet.

Barrada tested Khune with a shot early in the second half, but Bafana were much better after the break and almost drew level when Thuso Phala’s free-kick forced a brilliant one-handed save from Lamyaghri.

However, on the hour-mark Morocco should have doubled their lead when a mistake from Sangweni allowed El Arabi a free run at Khune, but again the Kaizer Chiefs man came out on top with an excellent one-handed save.

Goalkeeper Lamyaghri was having a great game and, after saving a snap-shot from Thulani Serero, he did well to tip a Phala free-kick around the post.

Then, on 71 minutes, a moment of magic from Mahlangu. Some nice interplay with Tokelo Rantie allowed the midfielder some space on the edge of the area, and he made no mistake with a brilliant curling effort.

All the awesome photos of last night's action HERE!

Bafana were making all the play but, against the run of play, they found themselves behind again. The Moroccans broke down the right and Bergdich’s cross found Hafidi, who fired past Khune.

Bafana were in trouble, but again they managed to find an equaliser, and again it was a special goal. The ball broke to Sangweni, who found himself in acres of space and with a sight of goal, and he made no mistake with a curling effort into the far corner.

It was a nervy end for Bafana, who also lost Mahlangu to injury, but they managed to hang on for the draw that sees them progress as group winners.

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Previous comments on this story...

Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:01 pm
Loction posted: 08:02 pm | Report
Sangweni and Khumalo are playing rubbish @the back
I'm listening.......................what do you have to say for yourself
posted: 09:02 pm
As proudly South Africans we are saying Siyabonga (Thank you) Sangweni.
Naturena born killer
posted: 09:02 pm
Doctor Siyabonga Sangweni, salute to u soldier.
posted: 09:02 pm
I lyk to thank these players for saving Bafana today,Khune,Sangweni,mahlangu and furman.Thanks Bafana u made my day
posted: 09:02 pm
Khune you are the best Ever!!! Siya I knw which team you play for!!! Siyabonga!!!!!
Bakaniya For Life
posted: 09:02 pm
SiyaboNga Sangweni!!!!,
posted: 09:03 pm
Sangweni saved GI's job lmao- well done khune, great game.
Khosi my Religion - 2012/2013 PSL Champions
posted: 09:03 pm
well done bafana, special big-up to Itu 'man of the match'...celebration time now in florida road, durban streets are yellow, lets do this.!!!
posted: 09:04 pm
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:04 pm
Surely now Sangweni must be converted to be a striker, what great technique from a defender, this guys' a true a champ indeed. BAFANA BA SANGWENI

posted: 09:04 pm
We MUST fix our defence.If we play against teams like Ivory Coast and Nigeria we will be punished.
Danny wale Pirates
posted: 09:04 pm
Two great goals by Mahlangu & Sangweni Ntsimbi. Well done Bafana Bafana now prepare well for the 1/4 finals since we are likely to meet Mali or Ghana.
posted: 09:04 pm
Khune khune khune Khune Khune khune khune khune khune Khune!!
Bakaniya For Life
posted: 09:05 pm
I admit ! Khune is the best in the country!
El Sol
posted: 09:05 pm
posted: 09:05 pm
Wow wow wow al da bst 2 bafana bafana what a gr8 perfomance
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 09:05 pm
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 09:06 pm
Yes haters we didnt make it past the group stages. Sangweni, May & Khune you are indeed real soldiers of this beautiful nation, I salute you. In Bafana Bafana I believe
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 09:06 pm
posted: 09:06 pm
Let those who have not qualified shut their ass stinking mouths. Especially those from central africa and learn from the beautiful goals scored by BB
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