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South Africa 1-1 Senegal

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
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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."


South Africa

Formation 4-4-1-1

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


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

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    Match ends, South Africa 1, Senegal 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, South Africa 1, Senegal 1.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Sadio Mané (Senegal).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Senegal. Henri Saivet replaces Pape Diop.

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    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.

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    Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Patrik Phungwayo.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dean Furman (South Africa).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sadio Mané (Senegal).

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tokelo Rantie (South Africa).

  14. Substitution

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

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    Corner, South Africa. Conceded by Lamine Gassama.

  16. Post update

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

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    Corner, Senegal. Conceded by Jackson Mabokgwane.

  18. Post update

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

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

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    Foul by Reneilwe Letsholonyane (South Africa).