Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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South Africa 1-1 Senegal

South Africa celebrate

Senegal took top spot in Africa Cup of Nations Group C after coming from behind to hold South Africa.

After a first half short on drama, it took only 62 seconds of the second period for Oupa Manyisa to open the scoring from eight yards out.

Senegal pushed for a leveller, with Sadio Mane having a goal disallowed for offside before Kara Mbodji headed home.

The Lions of Teranga are not through yet, while South Africa - bottom on one point - could still progress.

Ghana beat Algeria in the earlier game - meaning both those sides are now on three points.

Senegal would be through with a draw in Tuesday's group closer with Algeria, while even a win for South Africa against Ghana might not be enough.

Bafana Bafana will rue a second consecutive game in which they have thrown away a lead, having lost 3-1 to Algeria in their opening game.

They had most of the first-half chances, although Senegal had the best opportunity in injury-time when Mame Diouf put a free header wide from close range.

The second half was a more entertaining affair, almost instantly. Just moments after the break, Manyisa guided Anele Ngcongca's cross home from inside the box.

But Senegal pushed for a leveller and Mane thought he had equalised when he stabbed the ball into the empty net after a Jackson Mabokgwane fumble but it was ruled out for offside.

But his side were back in the game - and in control of the group - when Papa Diop's free-kick from deep was met by Mbodji's powerful header after Mabokgwane came off his line.

From there, Senegal had arguably the best chances to win it, as Moussa Sow snatched at the ball from close range, Diouf headed another shot wide and Dame N'Doye forced a good save with a venomous effort.

Thabo Matlaba had a chance to win the game for South Africa in the final 10 minutes after a good team move but his shot was blocked and their fate now depends on other teams.

South Africa boss Shakes Mashaba:

"Well done to the boys. We have created more chances than our opposition in both games. In the first game we lost in the dying minutes. Today we scored and couldn't consolidate - we gave it away.

"I think our biggest problems are regaining possession when we've lost the ball - we find ourselves wanting - and not scoring with the chances we've created. We should be top and the top scorers. We'll work on that. I'm happy and proud of the team."

Senegal captain Bouna Coundoul:

"It was hard because of the humidity. We held out well.

"We could even have won the match, but South Africa could also have won it. The important thing is, we didn't lose and we can prepare to face Algeria.

"We will give everything to get out of the group. We wanted to win today, that would have made things easier, but now it's the last match that will count."

Line-ups

South Africa

  • 22Mabokgwane
  • 6Ngcongca
  • 3Mathoho
  • 14HlatshwayoSubstituted forGcabaat 30'minutes
  • 11Matlaba
  • 18PhalaSubstituted forParkerat 67'minutes
  • 15FurmanBooked at 79mins
  • 5Jali
  • 20ManyisaSubstituted forLetsholonyaneat 73'minutes
  • 10Vilakazi
  • 23Rantie

Substitutes

  • 1Keet
  • 4Nhlapo
  • 7Masango
  • 8Zungu
  • 9Ndulula
  • 12Letsholonyane
  • 13Sangweni
  • 16Khuzwayo
  • 17Parker
  • 19Zwane
  • 21Gcaba

Senegal

  • 1Coundoul
  • 21Gassama
  • 6Sané
  • 2Kara Mbodji
  • 13M'Bengue
  • 4N'DiayeSubstituted forKouyatéat 84'minutes
  • 17Gueye
  • 5DiopSubstituted forSaivetat 90'minutes
  • 7SowSubstituted forN'Doyeat 80'minutes
  • 9Diouf
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 3Djilobodji
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 11N'Doye
  • 12Badji
  • 14Toure
  • 15Cissé
  • 16Gomis
  • 18Souaré
  • 19Konate
  • 20Sané
  • 22Saivet
  • 23Camara
Referee:
Aly Lemghaifry

Match Stats

Home TeamSouth AfricaAway TeamSenegal
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, South Africa 1, Senegal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, South Africa 1, Senegal 1.

Hand ball by Sadio Mané (Senegal).

Attempt missed. Tokelo Rantie (South Africa) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Henri Saivet replaces Pape Diop.

Attempt missed. Kara (Senegal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pape Diop with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Patrik Phungwayo.

Pape Diop (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Furman (South Africa).

Foul by Sadio Mané (Senegal).

Thabo Matlaba (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cheikh M'Bengue (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tokelo Rantie (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Alfred N'Diaye.

Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Lamine Gassama.

Attempt blocked. Thabo Matlaba (South Africa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sibusiso Vilakazi.

Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Jackson Mabokgwane.

Attempt saved. Dame N'Doye (Senegal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Dame N'Doye (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reneilwe Letsholonyane (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, Senegal. Dame N'Doye replaces Moussa Sow.

Booking

Dean Furman (South Africa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Idrissa Gueye (Senegal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Furman (South Africa).

Pape Diop (Senegal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Furman (South Africa).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Cheikh M'Bengue (Senegal) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Reneilwe Letsholonyane replaces Oupa Manyisa.

Attempt missed. Dean Furman (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anele Ngcongca.

Foul by Idrissa Gueye (Senegal).

Tokelo Rantie (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Eric Mathoho.

Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Senegal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lamine Gassama with a cross.

Attempt saved. Alfred N'Diaye (Senegal) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Anele Ngcongca.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Bernard Parker replaces Thuso Phala.

Attempt missed. Oupa Manyisa (South Africa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Cheikh M'Bengue (Senegal).

Foul by Sadio Mané (Senegal).

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