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And, for the first time in Shakes Mashaba's current reign, #Bafana have lost...
First time since March 2014.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) January 19, 2015
And, for the first time in Shakes Mashaba's current reign, #Bafana have lost...
First time since March 2014.
Algeria 3 - 1 South Africa
Still some Algeria defenders looking tired. Come on, Bafana. Believe.— Sean Wilson (@SimplySean_) January 19, 2015
Still some Algeria defenders looking tired. Come on, Bafana. Believe.
72' - Ghoulam is the scorer as he gets the ball in space on the left hand side of the big box and unleashes a fierce shot that Keet cannot stop from going into the net.
Algeria have turned this right around. The penalty miss was so costly for South Africa.
GOAL - ALGERIA!
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
South Africa will be attacking from left to right in this second half.
Very good 1st half from #Bafana unlucky not to be leading #BafanavsAlgeria @ITV4 #AFCON2015— Quinton Fortune (@QuintonFortune) January 19, 2015
Very good 1st half from #Bafana unlucky not to be leading #BafanavsAlgeria @ITV4 #AFCON2015
Incredibly tight half statistically that...
Bafana lead Algeria by two passes (195/193), 11 touches (280/269) and are level on shots (3/3).— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) January 19, 2015
Incredibly tight half statistically that...
Bafana lead Algeria by two passes (195/193), 11 touches (280/269) and are level on shots (3/3).
Algeria had the better of the early exchanges, but Keet has done well in goal for South Africa. Two great chances for South Africa towards the end of the half with Vilakazi not taking a shot when he should have and Jali firing straight at the Algerian keeper.
Algeria winning absolutely everything in the air... they've won 83% of the aerial challenges so far. #Bafana need to improve on that.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) January 19, 2015
Algeria winning absolutely everything in the air... they've won 83% of the aerial challenges so far. #Bafana need to improve on that.
Algeria go top of Group C, while South Africa drop down to the foot of the table.
Credit to South Africa, though, as they haven't allowed their heads to drop. We're going to have four minutes of added injury time.
Algeria bring on another striker as they look to add a further gloss to the scoreline. Brahimi makes way for El Arbi Soudani.
It's been a bitterly disappointing end to the game for South Africa, who dominated for a large spell at the start of the second half. Algeria, meanwhile, have reminded us all just why they did so well at the World Cup in Brazil.
Bafana coach Mashaba makes another chance as Vilakazi goes off for Mandla Masango.
What a clanger! Islam Slimani latches on to a loose pass and fires a tame shot at goal which somehow beats Keet, who allowed the ball to slide under his body.
South Africa briefly win the ball back but the attempted long ball is easily dealt with by the Algeria defence.
Algeria win a corner after Anele Ngcongca heads behind. The ball is deep but Brahimi manages to keep the ball in play and sends it back into the box. However, the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside.
Algeria, understandably, are quite content to knock the ball around at the back, forcing South Africa to chase them down.
Phala makes surging run down the right-hand flank but his attempted through pass is cut out by the defence.
How quickly a game can change. South Africa looked to be firmly in the driving seat but the missed penalty left them rattled and gave Algeria renewed hope. Now it's Bafana who face an uphill battle to level the scoreline.
Faouzi Ghoulam shrugs off his marker before bearing down on goal from the left flank. he sets himself to shoot and fires a thunderbolt of a shot in at the near post.
Vilakazi collects a pass just outside the Algeria box and stalls on the ball before showing a bit of fancy footwork. However, that was a bit too much from the forward, who loses possession.
South Africa look a bit shaky in defence and Algeria have their tails up now.
The substitution has worked a treat as Saphir Taider sends in a curling cross from the left and Hlatshwayo heads the ball into his own net, with Keet left wrong-footed.
Algeria look a bit shell-shocked at the moment and have brought on two strikers in a bid to turn this game around.
Rantie collects Phala's deep cross at the back post and shoots into the side netting from a tight angle. The tables have turned here tonight as South Africa look the stronger of the two sides after breaking the deadlock.
Phala looks to break into the box on the left-hand side but an Algeria defender reacts quickly to put the ball behind for a corner. The corner comes to nothing but South Africa manage to retain possession.
Oupa Mayisa skips past two challenges and forces his way into the box before laying off the ball to Rantie who cant make solid contact with the ball. Another let off for Algeria.
Algeria win a corner kick and send in a deep cross to the back post where Matlaba beats his man to the ball but concedes another corner in the process.
The stage is set for thrilling finish as Algeria renew their efforts in a bid to level the scores. Can South Africa hold firm?
Close! Algeria very nearly draw level as a goalmouth scramble leads to Islam Slimani attempting a cheeky backheel. Keet bloacks the initial attempt but Slimani is waiting for it and heads against the crossbar.
Will South Africa be made to pay for that miss? You feel a second goal would have put this game to bed.
Phala picks up a pass on the right flank before cutting inside and playing a well weighted pass into the path of Vilakazi who is hacked down from behind. Rantie steps up to take it and hits the crossbar! Algeria let off the hook...
Thuso Phala breaks the deadlock from the centre of the penalty area with a clinical side-foot finish. Vilakazi and Rantie combined brilliantly on the left-hand side of the box with a neat one-two in the build up to the goal.
Matlaba sends in a low, curling cross from the left flank which is played out at the opposite end for a throw-in. South Africa force a corner kick but Vilakazi heads just wide under pressure at the near post.
Brahimi bears down on goal and looks to lay off the ball to a teammate running through on the left flank. However, his pass is intercepted and South Africa look to launch a quick counter-attack.
The second half gets under way, with Algeria playing from right to left.
Algeria made a strong start but South Africa grew in stature as the game progressed. Both teams have created a number of good goalscoring chances, but it remains goalless.
Brahimi tries to force his way through on the edge of the South Africa box but the ball ricochets off a defender before hitting the forward and flying back to the 'keeper.
Matlaba and Jali combine well on the left before the ball is played into the path of Jali who sees his goal-bound shot saved by Mbolhi. That's much better from the men in green and gold.
Close! Thabo Matlaba surges forward on the left flank and plays a neat pass to Sibusiso Vilakazi who turns his marker and sets himself to shoot. However, Mbolhi races off his line and snatches the ball off the feet of the striker.
South Africa launch another long ball towards Rantie but the defence is quick to cut out the danger.
Full-back Aissa Mandi tries his luck from inside the box but scoops his shot over the bar.
Rantie skips past two challenges on the right flank but again he is unable to control the ball and it runs out for a goal kick.
Algeria have created more goalscoring chances than their opponents but have for the most part been restricted to taking efforts from set pieces.
Algeria appear to have regained their composure following a brief spell of possession for South Africa. Thabo Matlaba is the first man to go into the referee's book following a foul on Feghouli close to the byline. However, Bafana are let off the hook as the resulting cross eludes everyone in the box and flies out for goal kick.
Algeria forced to delay their throw-in as South Africa make the change.
Siyabonga Nhlapho is preparing to come on for the injured Coetzee.
Worrying scenes for Bafana now as Rivaldo Coetzee goes down clutching his leg. It doesn't look like he will be able to continue as the referee signals for the stretcher bearers to come out onto the pitch.
Mahrez lines up another long-range free-kick but Keet is aware to the danger and collects the curling effort with ease.
South Africa threaten again and go agonisingly close as Furman's piledriver is tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Rais Adi Mbolhi. The ball bounces back into the danger area but the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside. That's much better from South Africa.
A rare chance for South Africa now as Rantie latches on to along ball over the top. The Bournemouth forward allows the ball to run past him before letting loose a left-footed volley that flies wide from a tight angle.
South Africa are struggling to get going and they lose the ball following Andile Jali's slip in midfield. Algeria break quickly and unleash another shot on goal which is snapped up by Keet. Another warning for South Africa there...
Rantie very nearly sneaks in behind following a mix-up between Algeria's goalkeeper and the defence. However, Rantie is unable to control and the ball trickles out for a goal kick.
Furman brings down Mahrez with a clumsy challenge on the half-way line. He's walking a tightrope tonight - any more of that and he could well pick up a yellow in the first half.
South Africa are playing with more urgency now following a muted opening quarter-hour. They win a throw-in just inside the Algeria half but lose possession following a poor throw.
Bafana win their first corner of the match but it comes to nothing as Thulani Hlatshwayo is penalised for a foul on Islam Slimani in the centre of the box.
Riyad Mahrez is clattered by Furman about 35 yards out but the resulting ball into the box from Brahimi flies straight into the grateful arms of Keet.
South Africa are launching it long when they have the ball but an organised Algeria defence appears to holding up for now.
Algeria win another free-kick just inside the South Africa half and the ball is lofted into the danger where Bentaleb is waiting. The Tottenham midfielder gets his head to the ball, but his glancing header is smothered by Keet.
Full-back Faouzi Ghoulam fires in a free-kick from all of 30 yards out but the ball flies straight at Bafana 'keeper Darren Keet, who collects the ball with minimal fuss.
South Africa reclaim the ball after Nabil Bentaleb is penalised for showing his studs in a tackle on Bafana skipper Dean Furman.
It's been a fairly muted opening few minutes, although Algeria have enjoyed more of the early possession.
Sofiane Feghouli's attempted cross from the right-hand flank is sent behind for a corner but the resulting ball into the box is cleared by the first line of defence.
Christian Gourcuff's men comfortably qualified for this tournament and were one of the standout sides at the World Cup in Brazil. Can they replicate those feats in Equatorial Guinea?
The match gets under way at Estadio de Mongomo, with South Africa playing from right to left.
The two teams have lined up on the pitch for the national anthems, with Algeria donning their all-white strip. South Africa, meanwhile, are sporting their favoured green and gold kit.
Senegal beat Ghana 2-1 in the Group C opener earlier in the day, meaning that top spot in the 'Group of Death' is up for grabs.
Bafana duo Eric Mathoho and Renielwe Letsholonyane miss out through suspension, while Darren Keet starts in goal.
M'Boli, Mandi, Medjani, Halliche, Ghoulam, Feghouli, Bentaleb, Lacen, Mahrez, Brahimi, Slimani.
Keet, Ngcongca, Matlaba, Hlatshwayo, Coetzee, Furman, Jali, Manyisa, Phala, Vilakazi, Rantie.
The Fennec Foxes are Africa's top-ranked side in the FIFA rankings and this match will provide Bafana Bafana with their sternest test under the guidance of Shakes Mashaba.
Welcome to our live coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations clash between Algeria and South Africa.
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