AFCON 2013: Bafana 1-1 Mali Live – Penalty shoot-out! 1-3

South African fans celebrate Bafana Bafana's dramatic 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations draw against Morocco at Moses Mabhida Stadium

South African fans celebrate Bafana Bafana’s dramatic 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations draw against Morocco at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Penalty- AFCON 2013: Bafana 2 -4 Mali

That’s it! Mali go through and South Africa go out! Composed penalties from Mali pay dividends, as they netted all three of their spot-kicks!
GOAL! Traore steps up, and converts! He smashes that it! South Africa are on the ropes!
GOAL! Mahlangu steps up, and misses! Diakite saves from a similar position to how he did from Furman!
GOAL! Tamboura steps up, and converts! Really coolly done! Mali are ahead!
GOAL! Furman steps up, and misses! Diakite saves!

GOAL! Diabate steps up, and converts! That makes it 1-1 now!

GOAL! Tshabala steps up, and converts! That makes it 1-0!

120′ +3
It’s over! Penalty shoot-out!
120′ +2
Igesund looks to be drawing up his penalty takers! Surely this will end as a draw. Penalties isn’t my favourite way of settling a game, put neither side deserve to lose this in open play!
This will be the last chance for South Africa now, surely. Tshabalala wins a corner for his side, and I think they’re going to pile everyone forward!
The clock is being run down, but Keita still urges his Mali teammates on! Letsholoyane is totally spent, and is being stretchered off. He’s really given absolutely everything for his cause, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t come back on!

South Africa have now got their backs to the wall and are counting on some good defending from Sangweni and Khumalo! This looks like it will go to penalties..

Maiga plays a lofted ball to Diabate, who brings the ball down well and outmuscles Sangweni! The defender recovers however, and robs the huge striker of the ball well.
Tshabalala whips a cross in towards the front post, but Wague is there to clear! This is end-to-end stuff now, neither side has enough energy to really impose themselves for long periods.
Khumalo manages to clear, after Traore trickled a shot towards goal, following even more good working from left-back by Tamboura!
Yellow Card Peter Tsepo Masilela
Masilela is being forced to leave the field to change his shirt, and he doesn’t want to! He’s booked for his complaints!
Tamboura bombs on down the left, looking to put the ball on the head of Diabite, but Khumalo heads the ball clear! South Africa physically look in a bit better shape!
Sorry for not announcing the half time whistle in extra time, but I didn’t have chance! The second half is back underway, and may I say that both teams look very weary!
105′ +2
Substitution Bernard Melvin Parker Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala
105′ +1
Tshabalala could add that pace and flair which could drag South Africa into the lead, but he doesn’t have long before half time in this extra time period!
Play is stopped as Parker goes down with cramp! This game is very sluggish, everyone really is tired!
Both sides are really beginning to flag now, I do wonder how many times I’ll be seeing players going down with cramp! Mali really have looked quite solid in this second half. South Africa keep being forced backward, much to the frustration of the crowd.
This game is very, very finely balanced. Both sides are lacking an instinctive goalscorer at the moment, the build up play is alright, but there is no end product.
Serero carries the ball confidently through the midfield, exchanging one or two passes, before spreading the play out to Parker on the left. He swings a ball in, but it is deflected out for a corner. The set piece comes to nothing, yet again!
Ooo, that’s a nasty clash of heads between two of their own players! Diabite and Traore collide and that did look quite nasty! Both players are on their feet, thankfully.
South Africa are piling men forward, while Mali sit deep. I think both sides might be happy with a penalty shootout here, the half an hour of extra time might just be a formality!
Diakite makes another save, this time from Mahlangu! The youngster burst forward, but fired his effort straight at the goalkeeper!
Oooh! Khune just made a meal of claiming a Mali free-kick! He races out to claim but ended up punching the ball away amongst a ruck of bodies!
Majoro picks up a yellow card for simulation, after throwing himself on the floor in the Mali area. That was deserved really, there wasn’t much in the challange.
Right, extra time begins! There are some very tired legs out there now, and neither side look willing to concede first! This could be a cagey half an hour!

Right, that’s it! The full time whistle! Now it’s extra time! Mali have fought their way back into this game and deserved a second chance at getting that all-important second goal. South Africa will need their home fans to remain in good voice in the next half an hour!

90′ +4
This game looks destined to go to extra time now!
90′ +1
Serero attempts to break down the left, but he is fouled by Diarra. The long ball is now in employment, but the Mali centre halves are able to deal with the aerial balls with ease.
South Africa are giving away some poor free-kicks in dangerous areas! Mali might just be able to capitalise!
Substitution Mamadou Samassa Cheick Tidiane Diabaté
Khune’s distribution has been great all game. Whilst everyone else is oozing unease, he is ever-confident! Whether it’s a acrobatic pounce, and audacious pass, he’s willing to give it a try!
Neither side is wanting to commit too many men forward here! There is definitely the feeling that they are more worried about being caught on the break then scoring before the 90 minutes are up!
A great leap from Khune prevents Samassa from getting hold of a lofted through ball. The man is like a panther!
Parker puts in a cross for South Africa, with many yellow shirts in the area, but his delivery is behind his onrushing compatriots! Unfortunate!
Furman gives the ball away ridiculously cheaply. He could be getting substituted soon at this rate! Mahlangu forces Diakite into a save to his right, but it’s easy for the Mali keeper.
Both sides look a little unnerved, it seems as though they’re both more preoccupied about conceded than scoring. South Africa have managed to get a bit more control of the game again though.
Gaxa is down injured after a seemingly two footed challenge, however the referee deemed it fair. It had to be at least a free-kick, Traore jumped in with two feet off the ground and studs showing! Dangerous stuff!
Mahlangu fails to pick out a crossfield pass, much to the frustration of the crowd. I think that South Africa would have more of a chance against Diawara on the right, rather than against Tamboura!
Tamboura is ridiculously fast, I would not fancy playing against him at all! He can cover ten yards with ease, and has been invaluable in covering in behind for Mali today.
After a great bursting run by Mahlanga, the midfielder releases Parker, who is dispossessed by Keita. Letsholoyane tries to nick the ball from the former Barca man and fouls him in the process – a tussle ensues.
Furman looks for Phala at the back post, with three yellow shirts waiting unmarked at the back post. The midfielder has certainly gone off the boil in the second half, and shows it as the ball evades Phala and goes out for a goal-kick.
Letsholoyane moves the ball infield to Mahlungu, and he looks to play a ball in behind the Tamboura, however he puts too much on the pass and it runs out of play. Poor!
Diarra almost beats Gaxa will some step-overs, but the South Africa full-back stands up well to poke the ball away. Poor decision from Diarra, he could’ve delivered a cross then!
South Africa pick up a free-kick from 30 yards out, it’s whipped in by Phala but the ball is deflected out for a corner. The set piece is taken by the same man, but Diawara manages to head the ball away!
Uncertainty is certainly setting in, in both the home fans and the home team! Mali could nick the win, the South Africa foundations seem to have disappeared from beneath them!
I honestly can’t call this game now! South African looked totally in control in the first half, but now the game has essentially been turned on it’s head!

Mali are back in the game from nothing! They’ve improved from the first half, but that’s the first big save that Khune has had to attempt to make! South Africa definitely need to tighten up at the back after conceding that goal, both centre halves lost Keita

Goal Seydou Keita
GOAL! THE EQUALISER! Keita turns the ball home with his head, after great work down the left by Samassa! Khune just couldn’t quite get his body behind it!
Oooh! Well claimed by Diakite in the Mali goal! Majoro is slipped through on goal, miscontrols the ball slightly, and this mistake allows for the goalkeeper to rush out and snatch the ball off his foot!
Substitution Mohamed Lamine Sissoko Mahamane El Hadji Traoré
Mali are definitely getting back into this game. The change of Sissoko for Traore shows intent from Mali, who look as though they’ve created a base to build on in the second half.
Oooh! A long ball from Phala almost finds Majaro off the shoulder of Wague, but the Mali defender heads it away! That was a good interception!
South African push on down the right with Majoro, and his attempted pass is deflected out for a corner. The ball given short, before being closed down – and the ball runs out for another corner.
Samassa holds the ball up well for Mali, using his powerful build to hold off challenges. Diaware pushes on and delivers a cross, but it finds a South African head!
Masilela delivers from the left, but can’t find a teammate. Parker takes a blow to the face after clashing accidentally with Keita! He’s quickly back on his feet.
Furman robs the ball from a Malian, allowing Letsholoyane to skip through three Mali players, but he can’t find an accurate ball afterwards to find a teammate!
And we are back underway! Can Mali get back into this game?


45Goal kick taken long by Itumeleng Khune(South Africa).

45Shot by Sigamary Diarra(Mali) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), clearance by Dean Furman(South Africa). Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Seydou Keita(Mali) to centre, header by Molla Wague(Mali) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.

45Attacking throw-in by Fousseni Diawara(Mali).

44Attacking throw-in by Fousseni Diawara(Mali).

42Attacking throw-in by Adama Tamboura(Mali).

41South Africa substitution: Tokelo Rantie replaced by Lehlohonolo Majoro (injury). Attacking throw-in by Adama Tamboura(Mali).

40Tokelo Rantie(South Africa) booked for time wasting.

38Attacking throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa).

37Attacking throw-in by Tsepo Masilela(South Africa).

35Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Reneilwe Letsholonyane(South Africa) to centre, clearance by Molla Wague(Mali).

33Weak shot by Modibo Maiga(Mali) left-footed from right channel (25 yards), comfortable save (caught) by Itumeleng Khune(South Africa).

31Goal by Tokelo Rantie(South Africa) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).South Africa 1-0 Mali. Assist (pass) by Thuso Phala(South Africa) from left side of penalty area.

30Foul by Tsepo Masilela(South Africa) on Modibo Maiga(Mali). Free kick crossed left-footed by Seydou Keita(Mali) from right wing, save (caught) by Itumeleng Khune(South Africa).

29Cross by Adama Tamboura(Mali), resulting in ball out of play.

28Attacking throw-in by Adama Tamboura(Mali).

27Attacking throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa).

26Defending throw-in by Fousseni Diawara(Mali).

25Attacking throw-in by Fousseni Diawara(Mali).

23Attacking throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa).

22Defending throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa)

21Shot by Tokelo Rantie(South Africa) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Soumaila Diakite(Mali).

20Cross by Mahamadou Samassa(Mali), save (caught) by Itumeleng Khune(South Africa)

18Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Seydou Keita(Mali) to centre, resulting in open play.

17 Foul by Adama Tamboura(Mali) on Tokelo Rantie(South Africa). Free kick crossed left-footed by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa) from right wing, comfortable save (caught) by Soumaila Diakite(Mali).
15 Attacking throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa).
13 Shot by Bernard Parker(South Africa) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18yards), blocked by Adama Coulibaly(Mali). Cross by Reneilwe Letsholonyane(South Africa), header by May Mahlangu(South Africa) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
11 Defending throw-in by Fousseni Diawara(Mali).
10 Foul by Seydou Keita(Mali) on May Mahlangu(South Africa). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Thuso Phala(South Africa) from own half, passed.
10 Attacking throw-in by Fousseni Diawara(Mali).
9 Attacking throw-in by Adama Tamboura(Mali).
8 Defending throw-in by Adama Tamboura(Mali).
8 Goal kick taken short by Itumeleng Khune(South Africa).
7 Foul by Siyabonga Sangweni(South Africa) on Mahamadou Samassa(Mali). Direct free kick taken left-footed by Adama Tamboura(Mali) from own half, passed. Shot by Seydou Keita(Mali) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
7 Cross by May Mahlangu(South Africa), blocked by Adama Tamboura(Mali).
6 Attacking throw-in by Thuso Phala(South Africa).
5 Shot by Bernard Parker(South Africa) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Molla Wague(Mali).
3 Attacking throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa(South Africa).
3 Defending throw-in by Adama Tamboura(Mali).
1 Foul by Tsepo Masilela(South Africa) on Samba Diakite(Mali). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Samba Diakite(Mali) from right wing, passed.
1 Goal kick taken long by Itumeleng Khune(South Africa).
0 Kickoff

Nervy play by Mali at the back but nothing came of it.

Mali start the ball rolling (literally) in Durban

Johannesburg: Mali plan to play party-poopers in the quarter-finals for the second consecutive Africa Cup of Nations when they confront hosts South Africa before a sell-out 60,000 Durban crowd on Saturday.

A year ago almost to the day, giant striker Cheick Tidiane Diabate levelled with six minutes left to force co-hosts Gabon into extra time and a penalty shootout, won by the Malian Eagles.

South Africa, like Gabon, are favourites, despite the best efforts of coach Gordon Igesund to convince the media otherwise ahead of the only last-eight fixture that is not an all-west Africa affair.

Mali defeated South Africa 2-0 at the last-eight stage when they hosted the African football showcase 11 years ago and have won all four quarter-finals, three in regular time and one via a shootout.


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