FT: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa
Posted: 19 November 2014 Time: 06:47 pm
South Africa drew 2-2 with Nigeria in their final Afcon Group A qualifier on Wednesday night.
FT: Bafana are denied a historic win over Nigeria but go unbeaten as Group A winners, with Congo - who beat Sudan 1-0 in a simultaneous fixture - also qualifying. Nigeria, the Afcon holders, fail to make the cut.
94' - NIGERIA GOAL! Aluko beats Keet with a powerful shot with his weaker right foot! Nigeria 2-2 SA.
82' - Sekola is receiving treatment.
80' - Bafana have 10 minutes to hold out to record a first ever competitive win over the Super Eagles. Nigeria 1-2 SA.
77' - YELLOW CARD for Nigeria: Egwuekwe is cautioned for chopping down Rantie at full pace. Nigeria 1-2 SA.
75' - SUB for Nigeria: Samuel (ON) for Omeruo (OFF). Nigeria 1-2 SA.
74' - Musa's cross from the left is a touch too strong for Emeneke in the area. Nigeria 1-2 SA.
71' - RED CARD: Bafana down to 10 men! Yeye is sent off after receiving a second caution. Nigeria 1-2 SA.
71' - SUB for Bafana sub: Jali (ON) replaces Masango (OFF).
70' - Mikel tumbles in the box under a challenge from Furman. No penalty given.
68' - NIGERIA GOAL! The sub Aluko taps in on the rebound after Uche's strike hit the post! Nigeria 1-2 SA.
65' - Nigeria pressing in desperation as their Afcon hopes take strain. Bafana defending resolutely.
64' - YELLOW CARD: Mathoho is cautioned for a tug on a Nigerian jersey.
63' - Nigerian sub Aluko squeezes a shot wide on the run. Nigeria 0-2 SA.
59' - Keet drops down smartly to scoop up a header from Emenike.
55' - Keet and Mathoho collide under an aerial ball into the box. Both look likely to continue.
54' - Keet collects a cross from the left by Emenike with authority.
52' - SUB for Nigeria: Aluko (ON) for Lawal (OFF).
52' - Rantie is receiving attention on the sidelines after taking a knock to the head. Nigeria 0-2 SA.
49' - BAFANA GOAL! Rantie completes his brace as he robs a defender of possession before calmly beating Enyeama! Nigeria 0-2 SA.
46' - We are back underway.
HT: Nigeria 0-1 (Rantie 42') South Africa. Keet impressed in goal, while Rantie delivered a sucker punch.
45' - There will be two minutes of optional time. Nigeria 0-1 SA.
44' - Rantie has his critics, but the man is direct. Nigeria will really have to go for it now. Nigeria 0-1 SA.
42' - BAFANA GOAL! Rantie finishes with conviction from a tight angle after bursting into the box! Nigeria 0-1 SA.
41' - Yeye squanders possession on the edge of the box with a misplaced chip over the top. Nigeria 0-0 SA.
39' - SUB for Bafana: Sekola (ON) replaces Erasmus (OFF). Nigeria 0-0 SA.
29' - Manyisa is crowded out on the left flank after Furman fought tenaciously in midfield for possession.
27' - It's all Nigeria at the moment, as the lively Musa strays offside. Nigeria 0-0 SA.
24' - Uche thumps a long-range strike straight at Keet, who makes no mistake.
23' - YELLOW: Letsholonyane is shown the first yellow card for a studs-up tackle on Lawal.
22' - Keet's fine as the action resumes, with the Super Eagles currently in the ascendancy.
21' - Keet has picked up a knock and is receiving some medical attention.
19' - Overlapping fullback Khumalo is unable to find a Bafana teammate with a cross from the left.
17' - Keet denies Musa in another one-on-one! The Nigerian attacker is finding space at ease.
16' - Keet denies Musa in a one-on-one situation!
13' - Nigeria 0-0 SA. Open contest to date, with action at either end. We look good for some goals here.
8' - Furman is caught in possession, as Musa bursts through on goal and thunders a strike against the crossbar!
4' - Rantie selfishly goes for goal without reward following a defensive error when he should have teed up the perfectly placed Erasmus in the box.
1' - Bafana, in all white, get us underway against Nigeria.
READ: Bafana's record against Nigeria
The Group A tie kicks off at 19h00 SA time at Akwa Ibom Stadium in Uyo.
Bafana Bafana - who have never beaten the Super Eagles in a competitive fixture - have already booked a ticket to next year's finals in Equatorial Guinea, while the hosts need a victory to ensure their spot at CAF's premier event.
Nigeria: Enyeama, Ambrose, Omeruo, Egwuekwe, Oshaniwa; Onazi, Lawal, Mikel; Uche, Musa, Emenike.
South Africa: Keet, Khumalo, Ngcongca, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Furman, Letsholonyane, Manyisa, Masango, Erasmus, Rantie.