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International Friendly Match Report: Australia 1-1 South Africa

Posted: 26 May 2014 Time: 13:51

Bafana Bafana held World Cup-bound Australia to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played in Sydney on Monday.

Ayanda Patosi gave Bafana the advantage on 11 minutes, before all-time Australian top goal-scorer Tim Cahill headed home just a minute later.

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South Africa were under pressure from the start as the Socceroos kept Senzo Meyiwa busy between the sticks, producing three fine saves within the first ten minutes.

Yet Bafana took the lead against the run of play as lone striker Tokelo Rantie used his pace down the left wing, cutting inside into the opposition 18-year area. After his initial shot was blocked, the Bournemouth forward laid the ball back for Ayanda Patosi, on his first start for South Africa, to tuck home in the bottom right-hand corner.

Bafana’s joy was short-lived as Australia struck back from the restart as Tim Cahill out-jumped the South African defence, Meyiwa at fault for not collecting a cross from the left as the hosts drew level.

Igesund’s charges were under constant threat for the remainder of the half as the Australians bombarded down the wings, stretching the Bafana defence and providing a constant supply of crosses into the box.

Australia were dominant in the second period, relentlessly pressing forward as Nthethe and co. remained firm in front of Meyiwa’s goal.

Chances for Bafana were few and far between as opportunities were limited to long range efforts which failed to trouble Australia’s keeper Mathew Ryan.

A host of substitutions resulted in a stop-start game in the final 30 minutes, yet the Australians still held the majority of the ball but failed to convert any of chances.

The game petered out in final stages with no clear-cut chances as the scoreline remained unchanged from the first period, 1-1 the final result.

Australia XI: Ryan, Franjic, McGowan, Wilkinson, Davidson, Holland, Milligan, Troisi, Oar, Cahill (c), Leckie

Bafana XI: Meyiwa, Ngcongca, Nthethe, Mathoho, Mokeke, Kekana, Letsholonyane (c), Phala (Zungu 46'), Serero (Nhlapho 91'), Patosi (Zwane 63'), Rantie (S Mthembu 60')

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-05-26 12:05:38

Brave Bafana. Really...What was brave about it?

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:08:44

Our football is in crisis....

The football nation has lost faith in Gordon, The man need to step down.

We need to see more of Ayanda Patosi, Kgosi Nthle, Eric Mathoho, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Rowen Williams, Simphiwe Mtsweni, Bongani Zungu e.t.c

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:09:17


The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:10:49

Our football is in crisis....

The football nation has lost faith in Gordon, The man need to step down.

We need to see more of Ayanda Patosi, Kgosi Nthle, Eric Mathoho, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Rowen Williams, Simphiwe Mtsweni, Bongani Zungu e.t.c

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:11:09


posted: 2014-05-26 12:13:42

Well done Yeye and his soldiers.

posted: 2014-05-26 12:15:38

Meaningless result..

I will never bow down, praise, condone, lick, suck, kiss, have intercourse with bloody MEDIOCRITY mina!

Never!!.. A draw against Australia?? A nation that doesn't even prioritise football at all.. Just so you know, football's popularity in Australia is that of hockey and chess in South Africa..

Mxm.. On that note.. Baxter must flippen vanish (forget stains, trust pink) typa thing..

Soccer fanatic
posted: 2014-05-26 12:16:24

Is nice to see the young guys putting a good show they can only build from here. Those who refused to go are by now regretting it.

posted: 2014-05-26 12:17:50

To the boys that went out there...well done for not giving a sluggish performance when u could have easily chose to do so against a team that is well above us in rankings and headed to the world cup. Salute boys and technical team alike for motivating them.

I'm sure u guys know whatever the result was u were gonna receive a lot more messages of criticism than encouragement for your efforts on platforms like kick off, coz vele south African's (majority) dnt even know what constructive criticism is.

Atleast nizamile bafethu against a team at full strenghth and ahead of u in rankings. 

khosified 1
posted: 2014-05-26 12:21:02

Wat do u want 4rm th guy cz h used sum of th players u just mentioned mus 2day,u have a c.rus prblem wena idiot i bet u dnt even knw how to kick a ball 2 start wit,luk @least appreciate a draw 4nw tuu

posted: 2014-05-26 12:21:42

Click_The_Glamour  I was with you until the last sentence

posted: 2014-05-26 12:23:47

The Phefeni Boy®™ iBafana ayisafani....period!

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:26:05

khosified 1 Why are you swearing at me?

posted: 2014-05-26 12:26:40

Biggymann iChiefs ayisafani!

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:27:17

khosified 1 Chief...Why are you swearing at me?

posted: 2014-05-26 12:27:45

Rantie was just running like a headless chicken all day long.I was so releaved to see out after 60mins.What a waste of space.Guys meanwhile get yourself registered for LSN,,the best new thing about to happen globally

posted: 2014-05-26 12:28:03

Click_The_Glamour BUT they always qualify for world cup even pass the group stages and when RSA qualify for world cup.. Well done to our boys..

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2014-05-26 12:28:52

Click_The_Glamour Holla Click....truth be told

posted: 2014-05-26 12:29:00

Nice one coach....mbatha sud b includd

posted: 2014-05-26 12:29:16

Remedyx Click_The_Glamour  They always qualified because they were playing small island nations that nobody knows about... until they moved to the Asian federation

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