Africa Cup of Nations - Round of 16
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Africa Cup of Nations: South Africa's late winner stuns hosts Egypt in Cairo

Thembinkosi Lorch
Thembinkosi Lorch struck an 85th-minute winner in Cairo

South Africa knocked hosts Egypt out of the Africa Cup of Nations and booked their place in the quarter-finals with a late winner in Cairo.

With Egypt throwing players forward, Thembinkosi Lorch struck on the counter-attack after 85 minutes.

Mahmoud Trezeguet had the hosts' best chance, but he fired at the goalkeeper.

Egypt have followed holders Cameroon out of the tournament, while South Africa will return to Cairo to play Nigeria in the last eight on Wednesday.

Before the game, Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter spoke about causing an Egyptian "national disaster", and his team played with an intensity to match their game plan from the first whistle.

The visitors frustrated Egypt by remaining in their shape while showing attacking intent at the other end as the impressive Percy Tau pulled the strings.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah - who shook off a cold to make the Egyptian starting XI - had a disappointing evening after firing a half-volley wide in the early stages.

Egypt ran out of ideas in front of an anxious home crowd at the Cairo International Stadium, as Lorch ran onto Lebo Mothiba's square pass to calmly slot the ball past Mohamed El-Shenawy.

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Analysis

BBC Sport's Mohamed Qoutb in Cairo

This was a great display from South Africa in front of thousands of Egyptian fans, who saw one of the poorest versions of the Egypt team in the history of the Cup of Nations.

South Africa kept control of the midfield and were stubborn in blocking Egypt's attacking play.

Egypt manager Javier Aguirre tried to press for the winner but his tactics gave South African the chance to counter-attack, and they took advantage.

Line-ups

Egypt

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Mohamed El-Shenawy
  • 3El Mohamady
  • 20Alaa Eldin
  • 6Hegazi
  • 12AshrafBooked at 68mins
  • 8Hamed
  • 17ElnenySubstituted forSoliman Saidat 83'minutes
  • 10Salah
  • 19El SaidSubstituted forWardaat 64'minutes
  • 7Trézéguet
  • 9MohsenSubstituted forAli Kamelat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Razek El-Shenawy
  • 2Morsy El Mohamady
  • 4Gaber
  • 5Mohamed Ghazal
  • 11Soliman Said
  • 13Mansour
  • 14Ali Kamel
  • 15Hamdi
  • 21Emad
  • 22Warda

South Africa

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Williams
  • 5Mkhize
  • 14HlatshwayoBooked at 90mins
  • 2Mkhwanazi
  • 18HlantiBooked at 44mins
  • 8ZunguBooked at 79mins
  • 15FurmanSubstituted forKekanaat 90+2'minutes
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 19Tau
  • 9Mothiba
  • 23LorchSubstituted forVeldwijkat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Keet
  • 3Maela
  • 4Cardoso
  • 6Mphahlele
  • 7Maboe
  • 10Serero
  • 13Mabunda
  • 16Bvuma
  • 17Vilakazi
  • 20Kekana
  • 21Veldwijk
Referee:
Eric Otogo-Castane
Attendance:
75,000

Match Stats

Home TeamEgyptAway TeamSouth Africa
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Egypt 0, South Africa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Egypt 0, South Africa 1.

  3. Post update

    Ayman Ashraf (Egypt) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lars Veldwijk (South Africa).

  5. Booking

    Thulani Hlatshwayo (South Africa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Trézéguet (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Thulani Hlatshwayo (South Africa).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lars Veldwijk (South Africa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Percy Tau.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, South Africa. Lars Veldwijk replaces Thembinkosi Lorch.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, South Africa. Hlompho Kekana replaces Dean Furman.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match because of an injury Percy Tau (South Africa).

  13. Post update

    Ayman Ashraf (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Percy Tau (South Africa).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Egypt 0, South Africa 1. Thembinkosi Lorch (South Africa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lebo Mothiba.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Egypt. Walid Soliman replaces Mohamed Elneny.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

  18. Post update

    Sfiso Hlanti (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Tarek Hamed (Egypt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Percy Tau (South Africa).

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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