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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...

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:28:45

Professor_  He's just a terribly horny guy who's  been stood up. Just ignore him. Not worth the trouble. Don't argue with idiots!! A big embarassment to yo Amakhosi!!

Jones707
posted: 2014-11-19 19:28:53

But the refree was suppose give Yeye warning,it seems there was a trap.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:29:11

@sbujero

That small winkie between yo legs is the weakest link

MasCorry
posted: 2014-11-19 19:29:20

Well Nigeria r out cos DR Congo hv 9 point and r third in their group.

KhathatsoM
posted: 2014-11-19 19:29:29

Keet is the criminal. He pushed the ball back in play for the first goal, worse he was beaten on the near post for the second goal.

Champions League Metal
posted: 2014-11-19 19:29:50

Yeye is very useless and must retire from international football.

Shakes is about to loose it. Why bench AJ15 and never play him? Asked GI why he failled. We're nothing without lion King ask Furman who was lost thoughout the game.

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:30:02

MloizaFaku  Agreed. The problem with soccer coaches is that they always want to prove something.

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:30:24

Yah I agree uShakes uyilahlile da

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:30:31

Ntswelaboya  Uyislima samampela shimane ndini. You seem gay!! why r u so obsessed with stuff between guys'legs u moffie?

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:31:06

Yo moronic comments

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:31:24

Sex pest

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:01

Champions League Metal  Useless is between u legs.

baggioskhosi
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:02

@Sbujero

When did u come back from prison?I think u're in de wrong place here,we don't sgomora here,please try to make sense so bloggers can take u seriously...remember,first impressions last njandini!

FrankT
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:08

Shakes should have replaced Sekola even if he was introduced as a sub , he contributed fackall to the game , Rantie was all alone upfront , where was he bcs we know him as a striker ???

Sbujero
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:30

The Fearless 1  That's right. He hacked him real good, the criminal!!

Cpho25
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:33

Especially since jali and furman have such a combination and jali dominated Mikel in the middle in the match here in SA...I really don't understand why Yeye was brought in.

Ntswelaboya
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:33

Your wrinkled ass needs some polishing

mafa mnguni
posted: 2014-11-19 19:32:43

I hope you feel better now, goodnight!!!

MloizaFaku
posted: 2014-11-19 19:33:02

@Tzozo that was very foolish of him. We could have won the easily. Even if he had taken Erasmus out and put Jali on ke that would have worked too coz Yeye was no match for Mikel. But at least we didnt lose.

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