Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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Algeria 3-1 South Africa

Islam Slimani
Islam Slimani is in his second season with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal

Tournament favourites Algeria came back from a goal down to eventually earn a comfortable win in their opening game.

After dominating the first half, South Africa took a 51st-minute lead when Thuso Phala finished a flowing move.

Tokelo Rantie missed the chance to double the lead when his penalty hit the bar and Thulani Hlatshwayo headed past his own keeper to level the score.

Faouzi Ghoulam put Algeria ahead with a fierce shot and Islam Slimani squeezed the third under goalkeeper Darren Keet.

South Africa will feel they missed the chance to cause a shock - especially after having the better of things for two-thirds of the match.

It was only Algeria goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi who kept them at bay in a largely disappointing first half.

In the 23rd minute he tipped a 35-yard shot from Doncaster midfielder and South Africa captain Dean Furman on to the bar.

Then in the 42nd minute he bravely dived at the feet of Sibusiso Vilakazi as he was going round him and 60 seconds later was called into action again to save Andile Jali's shot with his knees.

South Africa went ahead early in the second half when Phala slotted the ball home from eight yards after lovely build-up play from Rantie and Vilakazi.

Three minutes later Vilakazi was brought down in the penalty area by Aissa Mandi - but Bournemouth striker Rantie hammered the spot-kick against the top of the bar and that proved to be the turning point.

Tokelo Rantie
Tokelo Rantie joined Bournemouth from Malmo in the August 2013 transfer window

Algeria levelled when Yacine Brahimi slung in a cross from the left and Bafana defender Hlatshwayo managed to loop a header over Keet and into his own net.

Four minutes later Algeria were ahead when left-back Ghoulam powered his way into the left-hand side of the area and hammered his first international goal past Keet.

Slimani made the match safe in the 82nd minute when his shot from the edge of the area trickled through Keet and rolled over the line.

The victory puts Algeria top of Group C on goal difference ahead of Senegal who beat Ghana 2-1.

South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba:

"I think our boys did very well in this game - but it's made things difficult for us because the last two games are must win. We still have two games to rectify our mistakes.

"We gave it away ourselves. This is what we're talking about - complacency. When we were 1-0 we created four chances - bury all those chances, we're gone. The missing of the penalty killed us and really disorganised us."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23M'bolhi
  • 20MandiBooked at 53mins
  • 12Medjani
  • 5Halliche
  • 3Ghoulam
  • 14Bentaleb
  • 8LacenSubstituted forTaïderat 64'minutes
  • 10Feghouli
  • 11BrahimiSubstituted forSoudaniat 90'minutes
  • 7MahrezSubstituted forBelfodilat 60'minutes
  • 13Slimani


  • 1Doukha
  • 2Bougherra
  • 4Cadamuro
  • 6Mesbah
  • 9Belfodil
  • 15Soudani
  • 16Zemmamouche
  • 17Kadir
  • 18Djabou
  • 19Taïder
  • 21Kashi
  • 22Zeffane

South Africa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Keet
  • 6Ngcongca
  • 14Hlatshwayo
  • 2CoetzeeSubstituted forNhlapoat 29'minutes
  • 11MatlabaBooked at 33mins
  • 18Phala
  • 15Furman
  • 5Jali
  • 20Manyisa
  • 10VilakaziSubstituted forMasangoat 85'minutes
  • 23RantieSubstituted forNdululaat 79'minutes


  • 3Mathoho
  • 4Nhlapo
  • 7Masango
  • 8Zungu
  • 9Ndulula
  • 12Letsholonyane
  • 13Sangweni
  • 16Khuzwayo
  • 17Parker
  • 19Zwane
  • 21Phungwayo
  • 22Mabokgwane
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Algeria 3, South Africa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Algeria 3, South Africa 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ishak Belfodil (Algeria).

  4. Post update

    Siyabonga Nhlapo (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Algeria. Soudani replaces Yacine Brahimi.

  6. Post update

    Rafik Halliche (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Oupa Manyisa (South Africa).

  8. Post update

    Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Rais M'bolhi.

  9. Post update

    Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Faouzi Ghoulam.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Algeria).

  11. Post update

    Thuso Phala (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, South Africa. Mandla Masango replaces Sibusiso Vilakazi.

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    Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Anele Ngcongca.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Algeria 3, South Africa 1. Islam Slimani (Algeria) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ishak Belfodil with a headed pass.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Algeria. Yacine Brahimi tries a through ball, but Carl Medjani is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, South Africa. Bongani Ndulula replaces Tokelo Rantie.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Anele Ngcongca.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sibusiso Vilakazi (South Africa).

  19. Post update

    Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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