Ghana Football FULL TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 1-1 SENEGAL By sports5050 - 23.01.15 FULL TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 1-1 SENEGAL. Kara Mbodji’s header cancels out Oupa Manyisa’s opener as the two sides settle for a share of the spoils in Group C. After a dull first half, the game really sprung to life, but despite a slew of chances, neither team could find a winner. This leaves everything still to play for in the last round of matches with Senegal facing of against Algeria and Ghana doing battle with South Africa. 90′ + 3′ Rantie and Parker link up well, but the substitute passes up a chance at a shot and tries to chip a pass across for Vilakazi. It is a bit behind him and Senegal clear. That will do it! 90′ + 2′ HAS TO BE BETTER! Rantie wiggles his way into the area, showing great skill on the ball. He gets into a tight angle, but still has space to test the keeper or send a ball across goal. His final shot is very poor, however, scuffing it well wide of the near post. 90′ SubstitutionDiopHenri Saivet 90′ There will be a minimum of three minutes of added time… 88′ THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE WINNER! From a corner, Diop sends another tasty ball in for his teammates to attack. Mbodji again runs onto it, and has an easier header than the one he scored from, but just seems to lose concentration as he doesn’t make clean contact, sending the chance wide! 86′ Both teams are going for the victory and it has made for a wide-open game! Neither side are scared to commit men forward, leaving themselves streched at the back which is making for an exciting finish to this match. 84′ SubstitutionAlfred N’diayeCheikhou Kouyaté 84′ Cheikhou Kouyate is on for Senegal to help shore up their midfield and see the Lions through with at least a point. The West Ham player was a vital part of their opening match win over Ghana and should be a welcome addition for the final six minutes plus added time. 82′ GAME SAVING BLOCK! Absolutely sensational build-up play from South Africa! A magnificent link-up inside the area results in a glorious chance for Rantie, but Gassama throws himself in front of the shot to get a superb block in! 80′ SubstitutionMoussa SowDame Ndoye 80′ BRILLIANT STRIKE! N’Doye has an immediate impact, taking a pass and cutting into the centre before unleashing a cannon of a shot back across goal. The keeper does well to dive back to his right and punch it behind for a corner! 79′ Yellow Card Dean Furman 78′ It is a miracle! We have a yellow card sighting! It looked like the referee left his cards at home, but he shows us that was not the case, booking Furman for a dangerous tackle. That should be the fourth or fifth caution of the match, but it is just the first. Now it looks like Senegal will make a change, with Dame N’Doye getting set to come on. 76′ STAT ATTACK: South Africa and Senegal have only once previously met at the Africa Cup of Nations, back in 2008. Henri Camara’s goal cancelled out Elrio van Heerden’s opener as the duo settled for a 1-1 draw, with neither side advancing past the group stage. 74′ SUPERB TACKLE! Rantie is played into the area and shifts it onto his right for a shot. M’Bengue does so well to come across, sliding in at full stretch to break up the chance! He really has taken one for the team as he stays down injured after the challenge. 72′ SubstitutionO. ManyisaReneilwe Letsholonyane 72′ Coach Ephraim Mashaba opts to bring on some more experience, with Reneilwe Letsholonyane replacing the goal scorer Oupa Manyisa. 70′ South Africa have to regain their composure! This is playing out all-too similarly to their opening defeat to Algeria, where they took the lead early in the second half only to concede three straight to their opponents and lose the match. 68′ JUST MISSED! Senegal are pouring the pressure on now with a flurry of chances! First a corner is just tipped clear by the keeper, before Sow gets into the area but whiffs on his kick. The Lions stay in possession and Diouf gets onto the end of a cross, heading just wide. 67′ SubstitutionThuso PhalaBernard Melvin Parker 66′ Here comes a South African icon, Bernard Parker, who will look to provide a winning goal for his side. It is a like for like change, with the attacker replacing Thuso Phala, taking up a position just a bit behind Rantie. 64′ TEMPERS BOIL OVER! Manyisa makes a good run and wins a free kick as M’Bengue blocks the ball with his arm. N’Diaye picks up the ball for Senegal to prevent the free kick from being taken quickly, and the goal scorer gets in his face in protest. The Lions’ midfielder is the last man I would want to upset, as the two begin shoving each other. The referee is completely losing control! 62′ STAT ATTACK: South Africa have won just once in their previous 13 matches at the Africa Cup of Nations (D6, L6). The victory came against Angola in 2013 in Johannesburg, with the nation hosting the tournament. 60′ Assist Diop 60′ Goal S. Mbodji From nearly 40 yards out right near the touchline, Diop sends a wonderful ball in towards the far post. No one picks up Kara Mbodji, and the towering defender sends a powerful header into the far corner with the goalkeeper caught in no-man’s land. 60′ THERE’S NO DENYING THIS ONE! SENEGAL ARE LEVEL WITH A THUMPING HEADER! 57′ MANE PULLS SENEGAL LEVEL BUT IT IS CALLED BACK FOR OFFSIDE! It is a very questionable call from the assistant as a free kick in towards the far post is headed back across goal by Sane. The keeper spills it and Mane is there to tap it home, but the flag is up. The Southampton forward was not offside, however, it was his teammate who never did touch the ball. The linesman apparently felt he had an influence on the play and denies Senegal their equalizer. 55′ Senegal have some great attacking options on the bench in Papiss Cisse anc Dame N’Doye, but their strikers have hardly been to blame for their lack of an attacking threat thus far. Service has been lacking, as has creativity in midfield. 53′ This game has really opened up now with the goal. South Africa are not sitting back and defending, instead trying to build on their advantage. Senegal, meanwhile, are committing men forward in the hopes of getting back into this game. 51′ STAT ATTACK: Senegal have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, last holding Zimbabwe without a goal in 2006. 49′ Senegal have their work cut out for them now! They would have ideally liked to come out of this match with three points, as they would hate to have to rely on picking up a result from their final game against tournament favourites Algeria. 47′ Assist A. Ngcongca 47′ Goal O. Manyisa It all started with Ranie, who makes a strong run forward, before laying off a pass to Ngconga on the right. The defender plays a ball across the box, which Senegal fail to clear, and it falls kindly for Manyisa who guides it into the far corner! Great, confident finish from the midfielder and Group C has been blown wide open! 47′ SOUTH AFRICA GRAB THE LEAD JUST ONE MINUTE INTO THE SECOND HALF! 46′ Senegal get the second half underway! HALF TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 0-0 SENEGAL. A game of few chances in Group C, with neither team threatening with any consistency. The big talking points have been a handful of nasty challenges which have gone unpunished by the Mauritian referee. The match is certainly up for the taking, while the managers will be eager to talk to their teams at the break. 45′ + 2′ That is the end of the first half! 45′ There will be two minutes of stoppage time, as indicated by the fourth official. 43′ BLASTED OVER! South Africa counter and get up the pitch with real intent. Ngconga links up well with Jali and sends a superb pass into the area for Vilakazi. The striker wastes a glorious opportunity as he gets under the shot, blazing it over the bar. 41′ WHAT IS HE DOING?! South Africa are fading as half time approaches and will have to be careful not to undo their good work by conceding a late goal. Senegal keep the pressure on following a corner and a crafty ball in is headed towards goal by Sane. Mabokgwane makes a meal out of it, stumbling as he makes the catch and nearly falling back into his own goal! 39′ Nervy moments for Mabokgwane, who sends South African hearts into their throats. A free kick is sent too far from Diop, but the keeper opts to try and keep it in play with a catch as opposed to letting it run out, and nearly spills it into the danger area. 37′ Lazy play from the Lions! Tokelo Ranite, a name which has hardly been mentioned in the first half, winds up conceding a free kick with a careless challenge on Gassama along the right. Senegal try and play it short, sending Sow through on the right, but the striker is lazily in an offside position as the chance is wasted. 35′ Senegal’s only attacking threat has come from set pieces. The Lions of Teranga have to start taking a different approach in possession as they have made life far too easy on Saouth Africa from open play. Bafana Bafana have a substitute and a defender with a cut head playing centre-back, yet they have done nothing to test them. 33′ Free kick in a dangerous area as Phala makes an elegant run into attack, forcing Gueye into a foul. The ball is placed just under 30 yards out to the left of the goal. Oupa Manyisa is the one to take, making good contact, but the shot is always rising as it sails over the bar. 31′ The referee continues to take a liberal approach as Lamine Gassame slides in with his studs, halting the run of Andile Jali. It is a reckless tackle from the right-back, and tempers are beginning to boil over. Again there is no card given by the referee who seems to be losing control of the match! 30′ SubstitutionThulani HlatshwayoAyanda Gcaba 29′ The change has been made now by South Africa, as they get back to full strength. It is Ayanda Gcaba, who plays domestically with Orlando Pirates, that replaces Hlatshwayo. 27′ This one does not look good for Bafana Bafana. Centre-back Thulani Hlatshwayo is down and signals to the coach that he is experience some blurred vision after a clash of heads with Diop. The symptom is a definite sign of a concussion and for safety reasons he really should not be allowed to continue. They are already without defender Rivaldo Coetzee, so this will be troubling for South Africa. 25′ South Africa need to be more disciplined! Another free kick concede, this time from 30 yards out by Jali, and Senegal have another chance from a set piece. Diop mixes things up as he goes for goal himself, but the shot is straight at Mabokgwane who makes a comfortable catch. 23′ Another free kick for Senegal after a clash of heads in midfield, and Diop delivers from 40 yards out. The keeper needlessly comes out to try and claim it, conceding a corner. The ensuing cross is strong and while South Africa clear, it goes only as far as Sane. The defender passes up a chance for a shot, however, and the attack fizzles out. 21′ Moussa Sow, who has hardly seen the ball through the opening 20 minutes, urges his team to slow down in possession as another desperate pass forward runs too far and fails to pick out the attacker. Senegal are too quick to loft the ball forward when they get in possession and while it is not the worst idea, the quality of their passing has been dreadful. 19′ SANE AT IT AGAIN! Another threatening attack by South Africa allows them to break into a promising position atop the area. Phala takes a clever pass and gets into a shooting position, but Sane slides in to turn the shot aside with another vital block. 17′ This referee has been incredibly lenient early on and South Africa have been the main benefactors. Vilakazi slides in late at the feed of Papakouli Diop at the halfway line and again manages to escape without a yellow card. There have been a few nasty tackles now and there is no reason for them to stop if they continue to go unpunished. 15′ Senegal get back up the pitch and win a free kick from 40 yards out. Matlaba is lucky to escape without a yellow card, taking out the legs of Diouf. The Lions of Teranga will welcome these set pieces as they try and take advantage of their height. This delivery is strong, but Mbodji does not time his header properly and the chance fails to come to fruition. 13′ IMPORTANT BLOCK! South Africa continue to apply the pressure and a well-delivered corner allows Mathoho to head towards goal. It looks to be a difficult attempt for the keeper to save, but Sane sticks a leg behind himself in an act of desperation and makes an acrobatic back-heel block. 11′ WONDERFUL PASSING! Bafana Bafana play some lovely one-touch football as they penetrate the Senegal defence. Ngconga tees up Vilakazi, who strikes a powerful shot at goal. The effort is straight at Coundoul, however, as the keeper touches it over the bar. 9′ South Africa seem to be lacking a bit of quality up top, having yet to really trouble their opponents at the back who have had an easy go of things in the early stages. Senegal’s forwards are making some threatening runs, but their teammates have not been able to pick out a good enough ball just yet. 7′ Possession has been shared very evenly in the early stages, but the approach from both teams could not be more different. South Africa look to pass their way into attack, while Senegal are trying to break quickly and play long balls over the top to their two wingers. 5′ Vital intervention! Sadio Mane ventures into the final third and sends a wonderful ball through for Mame Diouf. Thulani Hlatshwayo reads it well, however, and manages to get across to intercept. It prevents a breakaway and very well could have saved his side from falling behind early. Mathoho is back on the pitch now as well, which is encouraging news for South Africa. 3′ Worrying start for South Africa as defender Eric Mathoho, who has only just returned from suspension, takes an accidental knee to the back of the head from Cheikh M’Bengue and he has been cut open. The centre-back is down and in some pain as the medical staff comes out to attend to him. 1′ South Africa kick-off and we are underway at the Estadio de Mongomo! Bafana Bafana in yellow and green, moving left to right. Senegal in all white. Senegal have surprisingly made an abundance of changes, despite winning their opening match against Ghana. The formation change from a 3-5-2 to a 4-3-3 is likely to accomodate Southampton winger Sadio Mane who returns from injury. He starts on the right of a front three with the two goal scorers against Ghana, Moussa Sow and Mame Diouf. Wing-backs Lamine Gassama and Cheikh M’Bengue get their first starts of the tournament, while Alfred N’Diaye starts in midfield with Cheikhou Kouyate surprisingly being moved to the bench. Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba has made just two changes to his squad. Goalkeeper Darren Keet, who started the opening match against Algeria, has been relegated to a spot on the bench with Jackson Mabokgwane taking his place between the posts. The other change is forced as defender Rivaldo Coetzee, who left early in the opener with a knee injury, is replaced by Eric Mathoho at centre-back. SENEGAL SUBS: Djilobodji, Kouyate, N’Doye, Badji, Toure, Cisse, Gomis, Souare, Konate, S. Sane, Saivet, Camara. SOUTH AFRICA SUBS: Keet, Nhlapo, Masango, Zungu, Ndulula, Letsholonyane, Sangweni, Khuzwayo, Parker, Zwane, Gcaba. SENEGAL (4-3-3): Coundoul; Gassama, Mbodji, Sane, M’Bengue; N’Diaye, Gueye, Diop; Sadio Mane, Sow, Diouf. SOUTH AFRICA (4-2-3-1): Mabokgwane; Ngcongca, Hlatshwayo, Mathoho, Matlaba; Furman, Jali; Phala, Vilakazi, Manyisa; Rantie. CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS: As things currently stand in Group C, Ghana, Algeria and Senegal remain tied at three points, while South Africa have yet to pick up any following a loss in their first match. Of course the two teams set to face off today have a game in hand on their opposition. Bafana Bafana can blow the group open with a victory today, leaving all four teams tied heading into the final round, while the Lions of Teranga could all but secure their place in the knockout stage with a second consecutive win.