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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...

posted: 11:38 pm
yes yes south africa is out
Donald Duck
posted: 11:38 pm
I have said this before and I got crucified, u cannot play with a team full of midgets. U need the likes of Kekana to add some height when we defend high ballZ. The only player that won headers was Sangweni, the rest are too short and well Khumalo is useless even with his height
posted: 11:39 pm
Hade boys I cant start to imagine wat is going through your minds rite now. This too shall pass!!!!!!
posted: 11:39 pm
Can somebody explain to me why Mphela was not part of the playing team. Should i remind the coach that Mphela is the all time third highest scorer in the BB team. I am not surprise we were beaten by a team consisting of donkeys only in their first eleven. Did anybody watch the cricket today? what a test cricket?. When will BB rich such outstanding heights of achievement in sport? well done Smith and company and well doom Bongani and company.
posted: 11:39 pm
majoro kick the penaty to the south african fan to told their heart from breaking hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
posted: 11:39 pm

Cricket? What have they won in cricket?
Benito Mussolini
posted: 11:40 pm
Nxa! Mali is also not good, they should call the team MALI-KEITA (one man team). We shot ourselves on the foot by playing GAXA, YEYE, SERERO & PARKER. Penalties were bad but I still give thumbs up to Dean Furman, he needs to stay in the team.
posted: 11:40 pm
It does not bother any sourthen african country if the west africa guy win.after all we have been getting all the good things,S,A host world cup.zambia win afcon in west africa.so well thinking of it irts fine with us
moremoney osad jt
posted: 11:41 pm
posted: 11:41 pm
Where is the person who was boasting he doesn't see South Africa losing to Mali, Ivory Coast or Ghana? Your crystal ball needs to be polished because you were wrong. To be honest South Africa played better in the first half but they didn't take their chances. It came back to haunt them in the second half.
posted: 11:42 pm
Hahahahahaha' this banana banana boys are out, i feel so delighted up SE up NAIJA.
posted: 11:42 pm
Yheeee we lost but Am proudly South African, in bafana i believe, in Gordon i believe, oh yheee once more I LOVE MY COUNTRY.
Donald Duck
posted: 11:42 pm
Shame I see some idiotic foreigners have managed to beg airtime from their mothers and are talking crap on this article. Just celebrate ur victory idiots and stop dissing SA because that won't change the fact that u and ur countries are insignificant. We don't care about ur opinion...
posted: 11:42 pm
The good thing about our lose is the fact that this madala coach Gordon is clueless and He should be fired.

Gordon has failed us period.
posted: 11:43 pm
Throw,majoro kicked the penalty straight to the sea.the fish is playing with the soccer ball tonight,all tanx to majoros ballz.i mean balls.lol.
posted: 11:43 pm
Well done bafana bafana although we didn't get the win it shows that we are on the right track for future tournaments and to our only south african couch after ten years who made us believe that "yes we can" do what they say its impossible.
posted: 11:44 pm
congrats! bafana bafana u guys playd rili wel so u hav every right 2 hold ur heads up high, all i nd 4rm u guys is 2 com out and cheer d SE 2moro.
posted: 11:44 pm
Gordon Igesund has done a great job,he must remain bafana coach.Bafana has good players,Mahlangu,Furman,Khune etc.Khune should be bafana captain.
Bakaniya For Life
posted: 11:44 pm
Lmaoooooooo, thank you bafana ba chiefs!
Taywan D Bhakhania
posted: 11:44 pm
Mxm az.hambe lezinja zyoqedela ngakubo amasimba wodwa lawa!
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