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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...

BHACAJUJU IN FULL SWING!!!
posted: 06:55 am
#fact GOULD and SANGWENI they can hold MESSI and RONALDO the whole entire 90 min
the_realist@mobi
posted: 07:17 am
kenkabaposted: 12:32 am  |  Report
You guys, do you think ivory coast celebrated their qualification for quarters? Or are u just so pathetic that u would celebrate something as mundane as this. Good heavens SA is a country of clowns. u r justbshowing the world how pathetic you are
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If every failed step in the quest 2 success is worth criticism then a good step towards that very success sure as hell worth a celebration but that a bitter pill 4 a crooked nigerian like yourself 2 swallow. Y don't u just join the rest of yo starving countrymen & choose who u gonna have 4 a meal 1st amongst them?
Liqhame
posted: 07:20 am
Well done Bafana Bafana, you have proved me wrong, I really didn't believe in you.

How I wish Dolezer was a bafana coach right now, coz he would play Siyabonga Sangweni as the striker right now. We need him in the box all the time going forward.

Sangweni and Khumalo's combination is ticking time bomb. However Sangweni has made up for his mistakes by scoring crucial goals, as for Khumalo he must be our spokes person with his bloody english.

Can someone tell this overated Furman to stop passing the ball backwards and sideways? Please white boy we want forward football.

As for Phala and Rantie, they should be rested and watch it from the side, they have been wastefull.
@tisetso079
posted: 07:53 am
Keep drawing khune will do the rest...i dnt think we can win in open play..i am runin out of petiance with phala..u need to up your game unless if what u doing is good enough for GI
Rhuu 4 da champs! OPFC
posted: 08:21 am
brovo mzansi bravo siya bravo khune bravo may bravo...wt a game it ws, i lyk it 4 da pirate player...no more shaba=less heartaches!!!
T\'blah
posted: 08:22 am
Come on buccaneers u guys r harsh on parkerr de guy ws really helping de defence and always full of running into space. His last touch let him down.

Once n always a treble chief.
Tico MP
posted: 09:05 am
DA INTRODUCTION OF SERERO.....AND LATER YEYE......GAVE US DA EDGE IN DE MID
Ma-Eddie
posted: 10:00 am
Gordon is playing Parker out of position he's more effective as a 2nd striker, Lerato is more confortable in that position, please play Yeye Furman & Mahlangu/Manyisa in central midfield to protect our defence..Khume & Insimbi,, u guys rock...had it been not cos of u we wuld have been out of the competition
The CV Chef MUST Die
posted: 10:14 am
I have corrected your last sentence....

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Ma-Eddieposted: 10:00 am | Report Gordon is playing Parker out of position he's more effective as a 2nd striker, Lerato is more confortable in that position, please play Yeye Furman & Mahlangu/Manyisa in central midfield to protect our defence..Neil Tovey, u rock...had it been not cos of u we wuld have been out of the competition
stanslinks
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posted: 12:24 pm
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