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As it happened: Bafana 0-1 Ivory Coast

2019-06-24 19:00
Last Updated at 23:09
24 Jun 18:54

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South Africa's Next match on Friday (22:00 SA time) against Namibia.

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24 Jun 18:51

MATCH REPORT: Bafana suffer opening AFCON loss to Ivory Coast

24 Jun 18:22

FULL-TIME: Ivory Coast 1-0 Bafana Bafana

24 Jun 18:19
90' Four minutes of additional time added on ...
24 Jun 18:17

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. 

24 Jun 18:15

86' Double change for Ivory Coast:

Coulibaly off > Doumbia on

Gradel off > Cornet on

24 Jun 18:14

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.

24 Jun 18:10
81' Finally, Veldwijk takes to the field with Mothiba being withdrawn.
24 Jun 18:07
78' Strange change by Baxter. Would really have expected Lorch or Veldwijk to be on the field right now. Don't know why the wait. Some players need to be take off. 
24 Jun 18:04

76' Dead ball situation for Bafana Bafana as Hlanti whips in a cross that curls away from the Green jerseys.

24 Jun 18:02

75' Maboe is taken off with Vilakazi introduced. 

24 Jun 18:01

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 ...

24 Jun 18:00
71' Sibusiso Vilakazi seems to be called from warming up ... Interesting option if he is introduced. 
24 Jun 17:57

69' Brilliant change by Ivory Coast. Zaha will come in handy and further tire out Bafana Bafana's wide players. 

Beware!

24 Jun 17:56
68' As expected Seri comes off for Wilfred Zaha ...
24 Jun 17:55
66' South Africa needs an immediate response. Over to you Baxter!
24 Jun 17:54

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. 

24 Jun 17:53
64' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!
24 Jun 17:51
62' CHANCE! Hlanti whips in a good ball across the goal but no Bafana Bafana player is able to get on the end of it, allowing the Ivorians to clear.
24 Jun 17:50
60' Still goalless at the Al Salam Stadium.
24 Jun 17:49
57' Throwing Veldwijk into this encounter won't hurt. His physique could be worth a try with creative Lorch as well. 
24 Jun 17:48
55' It definitely seem as Ivory Coast are going all out and if things don't happen soon. Expect a few changes. A pacey Zaha is on the bench as well as Bony who could be useful. 
24 Jun 17:43
51' Decision making in the final third and when a counter attack can break is the difference for South Africa and creating chances at goal because they're struggling to hold onto the ball as the pressure from Ivory Coast seems to still have an affect on the players. 
24 Jun 17:39
48' Hlanti and Mkhize could create the width that Bafana Bafana need up front commit that many numbers forward could be dangerous. Also, do the two have what it takes to take these Ivorians on?
24 Jun 17:34
45' Second-half is underway ...
24 Jun 17:20

45' HALF-TIME!

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. 

24 Jun 17:15
40' Bafana Bafana have attempted to play on the counter but fail to manage the game in midfield as it seems they are too concerned with worrying about the feisty Ivorians. 
24 Jun 17:14
37' Meanwhile, there has been two yellow cards issued out. Bafana Bafana's Lebo Mothiba receiving a caution while Ivory Coast's Jean Michael Seri sees yellow as well.
24 Jun 17:05
35' As soon as South Africa commit too many numbers forward Ivory Coast are even more dangerous on the counter attack. 
24 Jun 17:03
32' SAVE! Williams once again to the rescue with a top draw block as Kodjia attempts to blast his effort past the 'keeper.
24 Jun 17:01

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

24 Jun 16:58
27' Percy Tau stands over the ball and whips in teasing cross towards the 18th area and Hlanti the closest to the effort but referee blows the whistle for a foul.
24 Jun 16:57
That one came from a corner-kick ... now another set piece chance to follow for South Africa.
24 Jun 16:56
25' CHANCE! And just as I mention height as problem for South Africa, Thulani Hlatshwayo goes close with giving Bafana Bafana the lead with a headed effort. 
24 Jun 16:54
23' Unnecessary crosses from Mkhize when height is a factor. Should really be keeping the play as low as possible.  
24 Jun 16:53

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. 

24 Jun 16:49
17' Bafana Bafana need to starting slapping the ball around. Gather a few passes and attack these Ivorians. Sitting back for long periods would sink in. 
24 Jun 16:47

15' First corner of the match but the Ivory Coast player sends it long and deep. Nothing comes of it.

24 Jun 16:46
12' CHANCE! Zwane puts Maboe through but the Ivory Coast keeper reads the situation well.
24 Jun 16:39

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.

24 Jun 16:38
8' Furman and Mokotjo doing the miles already just in front of the defensive line. 
24 Jun 16:38
7' Game management will be important for both sides. Ivory Coast however are seeing most of the ball in the opening stages of the game but no real threat. 
24 Jun 16:36
5' A bit compact in the opening stages by the South Africans as expected. Would want to ease into the game with the heat factor playing a major factor. 
24 Jun 16:35
3' CHANCE! Pepe with an amazing run to play in Kodjia, who eventually ruined a goal threatening attack with stumbling over his own feet.
24 Jun 16:31

1' First-half is underway at the Al Salam Stadium with Mothiba getting things started.

 
  • 90'

    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.

  • 90'

    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.

  • 90'

    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.

  • 89'

    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!

  • 87'

    It's a double substitution for Ivory Coast: Max Gradel and Wonlo Coulibaly are replaced by Souleyman Doumbia and Maxwel Cornet.

  • 84'

    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.

  • 82'

    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?

  • 80'

    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?

  • 76'

    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.

  • 75'

    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.

  • 73'

    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.

  • 69'

    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!

  • 67'

    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.

  • 65'

    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.

  • 64'

    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!

  • 62'

    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.

  • 61'

    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.

  • 58'

    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.

  • 56'

    Gradel collides with Maboe in the air and both players go down. Both will need medical attention and hopefully both are fit to continue.

  • 55'

    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.

  • 52'

    Zwane puts a cross in from South Africa's left, but it's too close to Gbohouo, who comfortably collects.

  • 51'

    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.

  • 47'

    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.

  • 46'

    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.

  • 45'

    We're into two minutes of stoppage time at the end of a closely fought half.

  • 45'

    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.

  • 43'

    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.

  • 40'

    Play gets back underway and Ivory Coast are handed their first yellow card. It's Seri who is punished for a foul.

  • 39'

    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.

  • 35'

    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.

  • 32'

    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!

  • 32'

    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.

  • 30'

    Pepe breaks the spell of South Africa dominance, beating Furman and forcing the foul. Free-kick to the Elephants in a dangerous area.

  • 28'

    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.

  • 25'

    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!

  • 23'

    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.

  • 22'

    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.

  • 20'

    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.

  • 16'

    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.

  • 12'

    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.

  • 10'

    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.

  • 9'

    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.

  • 8'

    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!

  • 7'

    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.

  • 5'

    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.

  • 3'

    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.

  • 2'

    Furman goes down inside his own half having been clattered into by Kodjia. No love lost in the early stages in this game.

  • 1'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    IVORY COAST STARTING XI: Gbohouo, Coulibaly, Traoré, Aurier (c), Kanon, Kessié, Seri, Serey, Kodjia, Gradel, Pepe.

  • 0'

    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!

  • 0'

    IVORY COAST SUBS: Ira, Doumbia, Gbamin, Angban, Zaha, Cornet, Bony, Assalé, Ibrahim Sangaré, Comara, Mamadou, Badra Ali Sangaré.

  • 0'

    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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Côte d'Ivoire South Africa
  • 1 Goals 0
    • 64' Jonathan Kodjia
  • 3 Yellow Cards 1
    • 40' Jean Michael Seri
    • 57' Max-Alain Gradel
    • 61' Wilfried Kanon
    • 23' Lebo Mothiba
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Wonlo Coulibaly
  • Wilfried Kanon
  • Ismael Traoré
  • Franck Kessié
  • Jean Michael Seri
  • Jonathan Kodjia
  • Max-Alain Gradel
  • Sylvain Gbohouo
  • Serge Aurier
  • Nicolas Pepe
  • Serey Dié
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  • Buhle Mkhwanazi
  • Thamsanqa Mkhize
  • Lebohang Maboe
  • Lebo Mothiba
  • Themba Zwane
  • Kamohelo Mokotjo
  • Thulani Hlatshwayo
  • Dean Furman
  • Sfiso Hlanti
  • Percy Tau
  • Ronwen Williams
Substitutions
Substitutions
  • Eliezer Ira Tape
  • Souleyman Doumbia
  • Jean-Philippe Gbamin
  • Victorien Angban
  • Wilfried Zaha
  • Maxwel Cornet
  • Wilfried Bony
  • Roger Assalé
  • Cheick Comara
  • Mamadou Bagayoko
  • Badra Ali Sangaré
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  • Darren Keet
  • Innocent Maela
  • Daniel Cardoso
  • Ramahlwe Mphahlele
  • Bongani Zungu
  • Thulani Serero
  • Samuel Mabunda
  • Bruce Bvuma
  • Sibusiso Vilakazi
  • Hlompho Kekana
  • Lars Veldwijk
  • Thembinkosi Lorch

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