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Africa Cup of Nations Match Report: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa

Posted: 19 November 2014 Time: 21:05

Two goals from Sone Aluko earned Nigeria a 2-2 draw with 10-man South Africa in their African Nations Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

GALLERY: Nigeria vs Bafana

Rantie scored two brilliant individual first-half goals to put Shakes Mashaba's side in the driving seat, but Super Eagles substitute Sone Aluko pulled two goals back for the home side in the second half.

It would have been Bafana Bafana's first ever competitive win over the Super Eagles when the score was 2-1 in stoppage time, but Aluko's late strike denied the visitors at the death.

READ: Nigeria 2-2 SA minute by minute

The result sees South Africa end on top of the group on 12 points, and at the same time sent Nigeria, who needed three points, crashing out of Afcon.

Bafana ended the game a man down after Reneilwe Letsholonyane – playing his 51st cap for the national team – was sent off for his second bookable offence in the 71st minute.

It looked ominous for South Africa after just eight minutes when Dean Furman was caught in possession, allowing Ahmed Musa through on goal as he thundered a strike against the crossbar.

Then just minutes later goalkeeper Darren Keet had a major hand to play as he showed composure and experience to come out and thwart Musa in two dangerous one-on-one situations in quick succession, blocking with his legs on both occasions.

It was an open contest, although Nigeria were dominating possession. Six minutes before half-time Mashaba decided to withdraw Kermit Erasmus – who was a late change to the starting eleven – and brought on more traditional centre-forward Moeketsi Sekola for his second international cap.

Rantie then came up with a moment of magic just before the break, receiving the ball from Furman on the left touchline before outsprinting two Nigerian defenders, opening up his body and disguising a shot past Victor Enyeama at his near post. It was a quality finish from the Bournemouth forward to put his side into the ascendency.

Then just four minutes after the break the ever hard-working Rantie was at it again, stealing the ball of Nigeria's last defender before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home on his left foot.

Aluko pulled a goal back on 68 minutes after Nwofor Uche was allowed too much space to turn and get a shot away on the edge of the area, the ball cannoning off the upright and falling fortunately for the substitute to tap home.

Bafana were still in control at this point but the game changed on 71 minutes when Letsholonyane – booked in the first half for a studs-up challenge on Raheem Lawal – was sent for an early shower after a cynical trip that resulted in his second caution.

It was all Nigeria in the final 20 minutes and although they were not creating too many clear-cut chances, they pushed right until the 92nd minute when Aluko dummied Furman on the edge of the box before trying his luck with his weaker right foot, beating Keet with a daisy-cutter into the bottom-right corner.

The result was disappointing for South Africa, but even more so for Nigeria as they failed to qualify for Equatorial Guinea 2015.

Livefyre comments on this story...

MR MMP
posted: 2014-11-19 19:18:40

Eish eish eish, it was so close , we almost ended tht stupid hodoo , but well done to the guys they really made us proud

Lakes
posted: 2014-11-19 19:18:43

Nigeria have strong muti. Bafana Bafana will never beat Nigeria.

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:18:44

mafa mnguni  True dat. Beyoncé spoilt all the hardwork of true professionals. Time to rest the criminal!!

Tshinyiwaho
posted: 2014-11-19 19:18:57

Wonder why Nija did not think of bribing South Africa to throw the game like they did when they bribed Ghana in order to qualify for the 2002 World Cup

The Fearless Champ
posted: 2014-11-19 19:19:22

Leave Yeye alone wena. Ur Errorsmouse and Madala were never there tonight

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:19:27

This midget Viz Jali is also overrated. I can't wait 4 AFCON 2015

baggioskhosi
posted: 2014-11-19 19:19:50

Sbujero i-toilet is de only place yokunya,so stop ukusinyela u stupid 3 minutes old blogger!

Dooba
posted: 2014-11-19 19:20:26

Eish Yeye

The Fearless Champ
posted: 2014-11-19 19:20:32

I last saw Manyisa during the singing of the national anthem

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:20:55

Eish!! Errorsmouse

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:20:57

Ntswelaboya  Why don't u make your own contribution instead of talking bull on others' views?Uyadina man!! Usidlisile loMfnenyane wakho, uyathanda awuthandi.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:21:54

Vele Mgodoyi

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:22:28

It would have been nice to beat the drug lords in their own backyard. But I'm very happy as is. Well done Bafana. These animals must stay at home and go look for the missing girls while we conquer Africa.Thanks boys, you made us proud.

TshonoM
posted: 2014-11-19 19:22:29

It's unnecessary to blame Yeye. Nigeria still threatened and almost scored two goals in the first half with 11 players on the field.

MR MMP
posted: 2014-11-19 19:22:49

So the Nigerian technical team does not want to be interviewed , mxm, eish we were so close on stoping tht stupid hoodoo

The Fearless Champ
posted: 2014-11-19 19:22:56

Yeye didn't touch that guy

Tsiki12
posted: 2014-11-19 19:23:01

Breaking News: Eramus substituted B4 halftime. That's breaking news Kickoff.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:23:10

Prof wamasimba. What r yo qualifications Idiot?

KhathatsoM
posted: 2014-11-19 19:23:36

Leave Yeye alone.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:23:45

Indeed!!

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