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MATCH REPORT: Bafana suffer opening AFCON loss to Ivory Coast
FULL-TIME: Ivory Coast 1-0 Bafana Bafana
Sadly Bafana not looking like the team 1-0 down in closing stages ... hanging on deep in own third. Leveller just seems so unlikely.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) June 24, 2019
Sadly Bafana not looking like the team 1-0 down in closing stages ... hanging on deep in own third. Leveller just seems so unlikely.
This type of football is otherwise known as "Hoping for the Best"...... Problem is, Hope is not a strategy.... #BafanaBafana #AFCON2019— Lux September (@Lux_September) June 24, 2019
This type of football is otherwise known as "Hoping for the Best"...... Problem is, Hope is not a strategy.... #BafanaBafana #AFCON2019
88' Another dead ball situation here for Ivory Coast on the edge of the penalty area. Pepe is behind it ...
SAVE! Williams with a brilliant fingertip save as Pepe targets the top left corner.
86' Double change for Ivory Coast:
Coulibaly off > Doumbia on
Gradel off > Cornet on
83' Furman dinks a low cross towards Tau, who is anchored on the left flank. He sees Veldwijk raising his hand and whips in a cross. The striker seemingly challenged to the ground. Referee waves play on.
76' Dead ball situation for Bafana Bafana as Hlanti whips in a cross that curls away from the Green jerseys.
75' Maboe is taken off with Vilakazi introduced.
73' DID YOU KNOW?
Ivory Coast has NEVER won Bafana Bafana in SIX occasions. FOUR of those matches were settled with a draw while South Africa beat the West Africans twice.
History in the making ...
69' Brilliant change by Ivory Coast. Zaha will come in handy and further tire out Bafana Bafana's wide players.
South Africa's defence eventually breached as Kodjia taps the ball past Williams. Buhle and Hlatshwayo attempt to play the offside trap but Mkhize plays the Ivorian striker onside.
After two minutes of additional time added on the referee brings the first half to a stop.
An intense first-half. Ivory Coast had goal scoring chance blocked by Ronwen Williams while Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo's headed effort went inches over the crossbar.
42' Zwane to Tau and corner for Bafana Bafana but nothing come out of it 0-0#AFCON2019— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) June 24, 2019
42' Zwane to Tau and corner for Bafana Bafana but nothing come out of it 0-0#AFCON2019
That earlier free-kick ... Sweet strike ain't it?
South Africa survive that "cishe" moment from a set-piece b4 Ronwen heroically saved a one-on-one with Kodjia!!0-0 #TotalAFCON2019 #MarawaMoments pic.twitter.com/8anPSOdseh— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) June 24, 2019
South Africa survive that "cishe" moment from a set-piece b4 Ronwen heroically saved a one-on-one with Kodjia!!0-0 #TotalAFCON2019 #MarawaMoments pic.twitter.com/8anPSOdseh
31' Oh boy. A late challenge by Furman on Pepe. One that he needed to commit thought. Free-kick on the edge of the penalty box.
CHANCE! Pepe hits the upright! Williams looked like he had it covered. But that was close
21' Prior to this match it was evident that Ivory Coast would be physically dominate. And so it shows in this opening 20 minutes already. They're quick to close any green shirt down and even better with applying pressure when not on the ball.
20' free kick by Tau to Kamohelo Mokotjo but Thulani Hlatshwayo header found no strikers to shoot 0-0#AFCON2019— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) June 24, 2019
20' free kick by Tau to Kamohelo Mokotjo but Thulani Hlatshwayo header found no strikers to shoot 0-0#AFCON2019
15' First corner of the match but the Ivory Coast player sends it long and deep. Nothing comes of it.
9' Williams dinking the ball out of play. His seen the ball plenty in the last five minutes now. His composure has been tops so far.
1' First-half is underway at the Al Salam Stadium with Mothiba getting things started.
We're into four minutes of stoppage time at the end of this match. Ivory Coast have rarely been troubled, but there's still time for a late twist. It's the 2015 African champions on the attack right now. They've just had a shot deflected.
Mokotjo's free-kick from deep picks out Veldwijk, who puts it down for Vilakazi. The Sundowns man attempts an overhead kick, but can't quite pull it off! Off target.
FULL-TIME: IVORY COAST 1-0 SOUTH AFRICA. Kodjia's winner has proven decisive, but with all said and done, Ivory Coast were by far the better team. South Africa will need to improve if they want to reach the next round.
SAVE! Williams makes another superb save to deny Pepe from a free-kick, tipping his fearsome shot over the crossbar. He's kept Bafana Bafana in the game with that one!
It's a double substitution for Ivory Coast: Max Gradel and Wonlo Coulibaly are replaced by Souleyman Doumbia and Maxwel Cornet.
Bafana Bafana look to get the cross in from the left for Veldwijk, who goes down inside the penalty area. Not much of an appeal there and no interest from the referee.
Veldwijk comes on in place of Mothiba. He's a man with a strong aerial presence who adds a different direction to South Africa's game. A hero is desperately needed for Bafana Bafana. Can he be the one?
The clock continues to tick down in Cairo and Ivory Coast are in a convincing position. Bafana Bafana are slowly beginning to show signs of life though. Can they spring a surprise late on?
Vilakazi makes an instant impact, doing well to keep the ball in play and getting a cross in from the right, which Gbohouo struggles to get a grasp on.
Here's the change: Vilakazi comes on for South Africa in place of Maboe. That's an interesting one. One Mamelodi Sundowns player replaces another.
There are ominous signs for Bafana Bafana at the moment. They did well in the first half to hold firm, but since going behind, they have created nothing. Stuart Baxter surely needs to change things up now.
Ibrahim Kamara looks to go for the killer blow. Seri makes way, but he is replaced by the dangerous Zaha. What a player to have at your disposal for a situation like this!
Ivory Coast have their tails up now. Kodjia tees up Kessié, who goes for goal from just outside the box, but fires over the target much to his frustration.
Gradel deserves huge credit for the perfectly-timed pass which sent Kodjia through there. This game is about to get interesting. South Africa can no longer sit back and soak up pressure — they need to go for the jugular.
GOAL, IVORY COAST, KODJIA! 1-0: Yet another South Africa corner is unconvincingly dealt with by the Ivory Coast defence. However, there is nothing unconvincing about the counter that follows. Kodjia gets through again and calmly slots home!
The delivery from Hlanti is a good one, but it's ultimately turned safely away from goal. It will be interesting to see whether or not Baxter decides to give Veldwijk a proper run in this game, since he is a classic target man.
Kanon picks up Ivory Coast's third yellow card of the match for a hand to the face of Percy Tau. South Africa have a free-kick on their right now.
Gradel picks up a yellow card for his role in that collision. He protests, but that's an understandable decision taken with player safety in mind. It doesn't seem as if he or Maboe were seriously harmed though.
Gradel collides with Maboe in the air and both players go down. Both will need medical attention and hopefully both are fit to continue.
Signs of frustration are showing in the Ivory Coast players with Kodjia barging into the back of Furman. The referee has been fairly lenient so far, but Ibrahim Kamara's men need to keep their cool.
Zwane puts a cross in from South Africa's left, but it's too close to Gbohouo, who comfortably collects.
Ivory Coast look the more attacking of the two sides early on in the second half, but once again, both teams have been rather slow out of the blocks. Perhaps we might see Bafana throw more bodies forward later on.
Ivory Coast win the early corner on their right and put the ball into the area, but Mothiba is back to help and gets a solid head on the ball. No chance of a counter there though.
KICK-OFF! We're back underway in this Group D clash. Ivory Coast have had the better opportunities so far at the Al-Salam Stadium, but it's been a close fight so far with no goals yet.
We're into two minutes of stoppage time at the end of a closely fought half.
HALF-TIME: IVORY COAST 0-0 SOUTH AFRICA. The Elephants have edged this game in terms of the run of play, but it remains level on the scoreboard. Stuart Baxter will probably be the happier of the two head coaches.
Tau puts a corner in from South Africa's right and Ivory Coast allow it to bounce. Bafana Bafana are unable to capitalise, but that's concerning for Ibrahim Kamara.
Play gets back underway and Ivory Coast are handed their first yellow card. It's Seri who is punished for a foul.
The teams are given a water break in the sweltering heat of Cairo. The weather could hardly be more different to the South African winter.
Kessié goes down in the middle of the park and wins the free-kick. Furman makes his disappointment with the referee's decision clear. Replays show the SuperSport United midfielder was right — he got the ball cleanly.
CROSSBAR! Pepe goes straight for goal and hits the bar with Williams scrambling across from no-man's land. That so nearly curled into the top corner. Bafana Bafana are given a reality check!
SAVE! Kodjia finds himself through on goal and looks certain to score, but he fires too close to the goalkeeper and Williams reacts well to make the block! That surely stung him — it was struck with plenty of venom.
Pepe breaks the spell of South Africa dominance, beating Furman and forcing the foul. Free-kick to the Elephants in a dangerous area.
The chip comes in from another Tau free-kick. It curls just past the head of Hlanti. The whistle goes and Ivory Coast are granted a reprieve anyway, but the tables have turned here — it's Bafana Bafana on the front foot.
CLOSE! A South African corner from their right-hand side misses everybody in the danger area. Hlanti recovers on the opposite flank and puts the ball in for Hlatshwayo, who heads agonisingly wide of the target!
Mothiba picks up a yellow card for a foul on Aurier. He did have his arms all over his opponent, but that still seems a rather harsh decision against the talismanic Strasbourg striker.
We saw Ivory Coast defending an earlier South Africa attack with a very high line. Bafana Bafana, by contrast, are defending very deep. They're throwing numbers behind the ball, preparing to strike on the transition. No real surprise.
Ismael Traoré barges into Lebo Mothiba and gives away a free-kick. Tau plays it short to Mokotjo from the left. Bafana Bafana work the ball into a dangerous area but fail to get a convincing shot away. It's interesting to see Tau drifting to the left.
This game is becoming more of an end-to-end contest with South Africa finding their feet. Just as I say this, Williams gives the ball away to Gradel. Bafana Bafana are forced to head it clear as the cross comes in from Ivory Coast's left.
South Africa manage to string a clever counter-attack together. Maboe looks as if he's strayed offside as the ball comes through to him though, and Gbohouo gets to it first anyway.
Serey Die has a crack from long range, but it flies well over the target. He looks disgusted with himself. Still nothing really difficult for either goalkeeper to deal with yet.
Williams boots the ball straight out of play with the wind making it difficult for him to steer. Not exactly ideal conditions for long balls.
Mothiba heads the ball behind the Ivory Coast defence for Tau, who looks to race away, but just strays offside. Risky, that, from the 2015 champions. They kept a very high line, seemingly looking for the offside. That can so easily backfire!
South Africa are struggling to string passes together inside Elephants territory. Lebo Mothiba and Percy Tau will be hoping that service improves as the match progresses. Baxter's plan B is likely to be Lars Veldwijk, a strong aerial presence.
It's Ivory Coast who are doing most of the early attacking, but they have yet to really create anything of substance. Stuart Baxter barks orders to his players from the touchline, looking animated as ever.
Pepe weaves his magic on Ivory Coast's right, getting past Mokotjo and teeing up Kodjia, but Hlatshwayo does well to close him down. The shot from a tight angle fails to cause any problems for Williams.
Furman goes down inside his own half having been clattered into by Kodjia. No love lost in the early stages in this game.
KICK-OFF! The second Group D encounter of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is underway. The first was a much closer contest than expected with Morocco edging Namibia 1-0. Let's hope for an equally exciting game here.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this eagerly anticipated Africa Cup of Nations clash between Ivory Coast and South Africa at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo. Bafana Bafana seek to emulate the legendary class of '96.
SOUTH AFRICA STARTING XI: Ronwen Williams, Sifiso Hlanti, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo (c), Thami Mkhize, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Dean Furman, Lebo Maboe, Themba Zwane, Percy Tau, Lebo Mothiba.
SOUTH AFRICA SUBS: Darren Keet, Bruce Bvuma, Innocent Maela, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Daniel Cardoso, Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda, Bongani Zungu, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch, Lars Veldwijk, Sibusiso Vilakazi.
The biggest surprise from that Bafana Bafana lineup is that Ronwen Williams starts ahead of Darren Keet despite Keet's magnificent display in goal against Libya. Football is a cruel sport and you can't say Williams hasn't earned it.
IVORY COAST STARTING XI: Gbohouo, Coulibaly, Traoré, Aurier (c), Kanon, Kessié, Seri, Serey, Kodjia, Gradel, Pepe.
2015 African champions Ivory Coast have left Wilfried Zaha, Wilfried Bony and Maxwel Cornet on their bench. Controversial selections from coach Ibrahim Kamara, but that speaks volumes about their depth!
IVORY COAST SUBS: Ira, Doumbia, Gbamin, Angban, Zaha, Cornet, Bony, Assalé, Ibrahim Sangaré, Comara, Mamadou, Badra Ali Sangaré.
The two teams are out on the field for this eagerly anticipated encounter. Ivory Coast have not beaten South Africa in six previous meetings, drawing four and losing two. They have plenty of talent but nothing can be taken for granted.
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