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Mali beat Bafana Bafana 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals

Posted: 2 February 2013 Time: 23:23

Mali beat Bafana Bafana 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after the teams were tied 1-1 after extra-time.

Bafana scored first during the first-half through Tokelo Rantie and Seydou Keita got the equaliser in the second half.

The hosts played very well in the first-half dictating play through the midfield and deserved to go into the break leading but Mali played well in the second half and when they scored early in the second half it seemed to knock the wind out of Bafana. Extra-time was fairly even with both sides having slight chances to score.

Penalty shoot-out:

SA: Siphiwe Tshabalala (scored), Dean Furman (fail). May Mahlangu (fail), Lehlohonolo Majoro (fail)
Mali: Cheick Diabate (scored), Adama Tamboura (scored), Mahamane Traore (scored)

South Africa started the match well putting Mali under pressure, getting the crowd on their side from the start.

Bernard Parker found space in the 6th minute but his shot lacked direction and did not trouble the Mali keeper.

Seydou Keita hammered a powered in a shot from distance in the 9th minute, but it went well over the bar.

In the 13th minute Mahlangu burst into the danger area beating defenders, passing to Letsholonyane but nothing came of it.

Mahlangu turned the Mali defence with a great through ball to Tokelo Rantie, but keeper Diakite just beat Rantie to the ball.

Bafana took the lead in the 31st minute when Mahlangu broke free and slipped the ball to his left to Thuso Phala, who whipped a pass across goal for Rantie to stab home from close-range, 1-0.

Goal scorer Rantie had to be replaced by Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 44th minute due to an injury.

Majoro was put through on goal by Letsholonyane in the 55th minute but good defending and brave goalkeeping saw the chance go to waste.

An unmarked Keita scored for Mali in the 58th minute against the run of play when he got on the end of a Mahamadou Samassa cross and put his header past Khune to bring Mali level, 1-1.

Then a mistake by Gaxa four minutes later allowed Samassa a shot at goal, but Khune saved well. Then it was Mahlangu who went close in the 80th minute after a good combination with Majoro that resulted in a first time effort on goal, which was saved.

The match went into extra-time with both sides looking fatigued but giving away nothing and the match ended 1-1 after 30 minutes.

Mali kept their nerve in the penalty shoot-out as Bafana failed to score three of their four penalties while Mali did not miss. The Mali goalkeeper was the star of the shoot-out making three saves.

Mali will face the winner of Nigeria/Ivory Coast that takes place on Sunday in the semi-final on Wednesday.

Previous comments on this story...

Geel boy
posted: 11:33 pm
Played real chiefs style, run first half nd die 2nd half, im happy for Mali though. The prayers were meant for fairness and God gave it to Mali to unite the Malians during this very trying time in their country, i really believe that. I really hope and wish it eases the confrontation in Mali.
posted: 11:33 pm
Confirm the cup is ending up in one of the west Africa countries... Either Ivory Coast,Ghana,or Mali.SA fans were a getting too ambitious forgetting the strength of their opponents.
posted: 11:33 pm
what a bow Bafana....Gordon's Majoro gamble was terrible the boy is not international material never never...he gave us virtually nothing...after his introduction we were effectively playing with ten man...
El Kampion
posted: 11:33 pm
"Mali spent an hour practising penalties Gordon,why didn't you guys practice"?-Marks

"There is no need"-Gordon
Donald Duck
posted: 11:33 pm
Parker, Gaxa, Phaala were terrible in this game, but in all honesty we should have killed off this below average Mali team...
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 11:33 pm
YEYE and Masilela costed us the 2nd goal
majoro, gaxa, masilela, serero, phala, shabba, parker, yeye, khumalo endless list, must be removed from our be loved bafana
only Khune, Sangweni, Mahlangu and Furman were outstanding
posted: 11:34 pm
South Africa is a Cricket and Rugby playing country. They are the best there. It will be nice if they recognize that and specialize there. We thank you for qualifying by hosting Africa. When next AFCON is hosted elsewhere other than SA, I doubt that you will be able to qualify. Well done RSA.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
posted: 11:34 pm
West Africa soccer at it's best. West africa Nations Cup(WANC)
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 11:34 pm
i dnt know what to say to be honest. Il applaud
dem for their efforts though , even though pie
lerete #### faces will say im celebrating
mediocrity, considering this was the weakest
squad we ever took to a major tournament.
tshepo masilela ,we the chiefs fans will take responsibility for your #### up when u allowed
keita to score. Majoro ,eish , what the #### was
that eintlik ? But its easy to talk kak when no
normal person on this blog wouldve even had
the balls to take it . hardluck guys ,u really tried .
posted: 11:35 pm
Confirm the cup is ending up in west Africa... either Ivory coast,Ghana,or Mali.SA fans were a getting too ambitious forgetting the strength of their opponents.
Khosi Nyce
posted: 11:35 pm
We lost, but am still proudly South African.....

Well done bois 4 such a gutsy performance.

And to all the foreign idiots farting on this blog......

A dog never barks a stationary vehicle so we understand and are xpecting this from u lot.... Jealousy of our thriving economy is killing ur ###### asses
posted: 11:35 pm
I told you my fellow South Africans we can not rely on the defender to score goals for us.

The overated Furman was exposed big time when Mali scored the equilizer and now I know why he is playing on the 3rd division.

Masilela and Yeye was ball watching and there was the goal.
posted: 11:35 pm
I still love you Bafana Bafana bcos I'm proudly South African!!!
posted: 11:35 pm
You guys should have known that always Ghana and Mali make it to the Semi's. My condolence to the SA team. Although I knew Mali was stronger but believed SA could have turned the cards in favor of them. Sorry Guys. #TEAMWESTAFRICA. Now those who said GHana was avoiding SA come again because Ghana piped the Malians.
posted: 11:35 pm
Kwaaaaaaaaaaakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakakaaaaak! Let me go pour more coffee my good people, i will laugh all night. Now i dont care who wins this thing. Big mouths out!
posted: 11:35 pm
Take mahlangu,sangweni,rantie out of da tonites starting eleven,n gimme a reazon as to why did we have to believe in those underachivers? Bafana ba chiefs r useless.u are an embarassment to our beautiful south africa.oh i see,gordon is after baxters job.
posted: 11:35 pm
what was Majoro contribution nothing nothing........
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 11:35 pm
I know Cote de Voire was gonna beat us but I still wanted to reach the semi-finals. How Parker finishes 90 mins is a mystery to me, Khumalo........enough said and I heard they're still looking for the ball that Majoro kicked
eric rafael 21
posted: 11:37 pm
Jali must teach them how to kick penalties!! Am sure jali is laughing where ever he is!
posted: 11:37 pm
Tomorrows newspaper headlines, oh boy. Editors are so busy. CALAMITY BEFALLS CLUELESS BOYS! Hhehehehehehehehehe
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