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As it happened: Bafana 1 - 1 Nigeria

2015-03-29 14:00
Last Updated at 04:39
29 Mar 17:26
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29 Mar 17:24


The game ends 1 - 1! Bafana earning a draw right at the death.

29 Mar 17:23
90' +4 - Bafana have equalised through Zungu! A cross from the left resulted in a shot from Phala which Akpeyi parried away but only as far as Zungu who to wrap his left foot around the ball and lash it into the Nigerian net.
29 Mar 17:20
29 Mar 17:18
There will be four minutes of added time.
29 Mar 17:17
87' - South African substitution. Phala replaces Vilakazi.
29 Mar 17:13

85' - WHAT A STRIKE! Nigeria surge onto the attack, the ball finds Musa in space on the left, around 10 metres outside the box, he cuts in and unleashes a right footed shot into the top right corner of Khune's net.

Sublime from Musa!

29 Mar 17:11
29 Mar 17:11
84' - The resulting corner is far too deep and collected easily by Akpeyi in the Nigerian goal.
29 Mar 17:10
83' - Hlatshwayo takes but the wall does its job and the ball deflects over the bar for a corner.
29 Mar 17:09
82' - Free kick to Bafana in a dangerous position, they have had a few today but failed to hit the target.
29 Mar 17:07
79' - South African substitution. Matlaba is replaced by Khumalo.
29 Mar 17:05
18 500 watching this match at Mbombela Stadium.
29 Mar 17:04
76' - Matlaba undergoing some treatment after a heavy challenge.
29 Mar 16:59
72' - South African substitution. Majoro replaces Rantie.
29 Mar 16:59
71' - Bafana work some space close to the Nigeria big box, Manyisa bursts into the box after a one-two with Serero but shoots off target. 
29 Mar 16:55
67' - Nigeria threaten again as they move into the big box, Mathoho produces a brilliant tackle to stop the threat.
29 Mar 16:54
Some movement on the South African bench, changes looming. 
29 Mar 16:53
66' - Nigerian substitution. Oghalo replaces Samuel.
29 Mar 16:53
65' - Musa threatens for Nigeria but his shot is wide.
29 Mar 16:52
62' - Akpeyi produces another brilliant save as Rantie shoots from a tight angle.
29 Mar 16:51
Excellent work by the Nigerian keeper!
29 Mar 16:51
61' - PENALTY SAVED! A little to casual from Jali who chooses to go to the right, Akpeyi guesses the right way and saves one handed! 
29 Mar 16:48
60' - Penalty awarded to Bafana as Serero goes down in the area, he had lost control of the ball it seems, but there was contact.  
29 Mar 16:46
58' - Balogun has recovered and is continuing but now Hlatshwayo is down.
29 Mar 16:44
56' - Balogun is down for Nigeria after a clash with Manyisa.
29 Mar 16:43
55' - Nigeria break up play in their own half and launch a lightning quick counter attack with Samuel but Bafana end up scrambling back just in time.
29 Mar 16:41
54' - Nigeria pushing forward now, but a cross from the left is just too strong and goes over Khune in the Bafana goal.
29 Mar 16:39
52' - Serero tries a curler, but it is well wide of the right hand upright.
29 Mar 16:38
50' - Free kick to Bafana in a dangerous position after Rantie is brought down.
29 Mar 16:35
47' - A slow start to the second half, Bafana still trying to find a way through, but playing a patient game.
29 Mar 16:33


Will we have a goal this half? Nigeria kick off, they are attacking from left to right.

29 Mar 16:17


No goals in the first half, Bafana having 9 attempts on goal, 3 on target. Nigeria have had 4 shots on goal, 2 on target.  The visitors have had 57% of the possession. 

29 Mar 16:15
45' - Bafana pushing for a goal before half-time. Hlatshwayo finds acres of space on the right, but the pass comes a little late and he is caught off-side.
29 Mar 16:14
44' - Another excellent chance for Bafana as the ball is cut back from the right hand byline, unfortunately just behind Serero who had just arrived in the box.
29 Mar 16:13
43' - South Africa threaten again, Jali tries to work some space for a shot, but Nigeria managed to clear.
29 Mar 16:11
40' - Nigeria threaten through Samuels as he tries a left-footed curler. It flies just wide of the left hand upright with Khune well beaten.
29 Mar 16:08
38' - Manyisa fires over the bar from the resulting free kick!
29 Mar 16:07
37' - Serero is fouled just outside the big box. Excellent opportunity for Bafana.
29 Mar 16:05
35' -Rantie with an audacious dummy and turn which leaves the defence flummoxed, the ball rolls out unfortunately.
29 Mar 16:04
33' - More enterprising play from Bafana, they are dominating here but so far no goal to show for it. Hlatshwayo receives an aerial ball out on the right, he tries to hit if first time but it slices off his boot.
29 Mar 16:00
Bafana really impressing with the speed and accuracy of their passing so far today.
29 Mar 15:59
29' - More excellent space by Bafana, they work space down the left, the ball is cut back to Jali who tries to place a shot into the corner. The ball takes a huge deflection off a defender bug a goal kick is given.
29 Mar 15:56
26' - The corner kick comes to Jali, he shoots but doesn't trouble the keeper.
29 Mar 15:56
25' - Excellent run by Zungu, he finds Rantie in the box, he turns and shoots but it is blocked by a Nigerian defender. Corner to Bafana.
29 Mar 15:54
Nigeria have been forced into a substitution, Omeruo could not recover from his leg injury and is replaced by Oboabona.
  • FULL TIME: Two late goals made it South Africa 1-1 Nigeria at the final whistle. Thanks for reading.

  • We had to wait for our goals but we eventually got them.

  • Bongani Zungu equalizes right at the death. The first effort is saved but the Sundowns's player manages to put it in on the rebound.

  • GOAL for South Africa!

  • 90'

    There will be four minutes added on here.

  • 87'

    It has been a game of many half-chances but few big opportunities. SA failed to capitalize on their penalty while Nigeria made their one moment of magic count.

  • 86'

    It looks like the CSKA Moscow forward has won it for the Nigerians, who just can't seem to lose to Bafana.

  • 84'

    GOAL! Ahmed Musa gives Nigeria a late lead. He cut in from the left flank and curled it into the far corner. Khune just gets fingertips to it but he can't keep it out of the top corner. Great goal. SA 0, Nigeria 1.

  • 83'

    The corner is deep and relatively tame, allowing Akpeyi to come out and gather it with ease.

  • 83'

    But alas! It takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. SA to keep up the pressure.

  • 82'

    SA have a chance to sneak a late winner with a free kick. It's not far out the box and quite central, making this a pretty good chance to finally beat Daniel Akpeyi.

  • 79'

    Both team's make a substitution as we enter the last ten minutes. We'll soon see if either of these teams have a goal in them.

  • 71'

    SA make their first change with Lehlohonolo Majoro coming on for Tokelo Rantie.

  • 70'

    Some good football from SA gets Erick Mathoho to the byline, but there's nobody waiting for his cutback. It was the kind of play that can cut through defences if there's somebody waiting in the box to get on the end of it.

  • 67'

    This time it's Nigeria who apply the high pressure and almost get an opportunity from it, but SA manage to clear. They're going to have to be careful if they want to pass it out from defence.

  • 65'

    Nigeria make another substitution, their fourth of the match, while SA remain with the eleven who started.

  • 63'

    SA had another chance immediately after the penalty but still could not find the breakthrough and Nigeria survive.

  • 63'

    The keeper saved a weak penalty and the clearance on the follow up was almost an own goal, but it bounced off the post and, eventually, out to safety.

  • 62'

    Andile Jali has his penalty saved. He can't get it in on the follow up either and it comes off the post.

  • 62'

    Serero manages to get the ball out of his feet just in time to be fouled and the ref points straight to the spot.

  • 60'

    Penalty to South Africa!

  • 58'

    SA captain Thulani Hlatshwayo is now also down injured, but he also seems to have recovered.

  • 57'

    It looks like we've got an injury here as Leon Balogun goes down clutching his foot. He should be fine though and comes back onto the pitch.

  • 53'

    Nigeria have their own free kick from a deep position. In the end it's neither a shot nor a cross and floats harmlessly over Khune's goal.

  • 52'

    Serero fires the free kick well wide but the team did a good job to earn it in the first place. The pressure on the Nigerians has stopped them from playing out from the back while also earning free kicks and keeping the opposition on their toes.

  • 50'

    SA's pressure on the Nigeria defence pays off. John Ogu gets a yellow card and Bafana have a free kick.

  • 46'

    And we're back under way for the second half in Nelspruit.

  • HALF TIME: Nigeria huddle together as SA leave the pitch with the scores still 0-0.

  • 45'

    An extra minute was added to the end of the first half, after which the players head in for the break without a goal.

  • 43'

    South Africa counterattack quickly but can't get a shot away before a cutback from the byline goes across the box with nobody to get on the end of it. SA can't say they haven't had a few chances to grab an opener before half time.

  • 40'

    Another South African free-kick ends in a goal-kick, before Nigeria's Aaron Samuel fires a shot just wide of Khune's goal.

  • 38'

    A south Africa free-kick blazes past the Nigeria goal. It was off target but not a bad effort.

  • 36'

    Jali almost got some reward for chasing down the Nigerian keeper. It only went out for a throw, but was indicative of the pressure the South African players have been applying to the Nigerian's when in possession.

  • 30'

    At the half hour mark we're still goalless here, but Bafana seem to have the upper hand at the moment as they are applying steady pressure to the Nigerian defence.

  • 28'

    Some impressive build up play from Bafana ends in Andile Jali's shot being deflected over the Nigeria goal.

  • 25'

    SA come close again, earning a corner. Both team's have had plenty of half-chances to open the scoring but Nigeria goalie Daniel Akpeyi takes the goalkick with the scoreline still 0-0.

  • 18'

    Both team's have come close in the last few minutes. With a bit more precision in their attacking play either side could have opened the scoring.

  • 16'

    There an early switch for Nigeria as Godfrey Oboabona replaces Kenneth Omeruo in defence.

  • 14'

    Two successive Nigeria corners are seen out by Bafana, as they deal successfully with another little spell of pressure.

  • 10'

    Nigeria are putting some pressure on the SA defence, who are holding firm so far while the attack are looking dangerous as well.

  • 6'

    SA come close after working the ball forward and Bongani Zungu has his shot tipped over.

  • 2'

    The first save of the game for Khune is an easy one from the free kick.

  • 1'

    Nigeria earn themselves an early free kick as Aaron Samuel tries to push his way through the defence.

  • 1'

    Bafana kick off and the match is underway.

  • 0'

    Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow captain's the Nigeria team alongside Lazio's Ogenyo Onazi and Hope Akpan of Reading in midfield.

  • 0'

    There are some familiar faces missing from the Nigeria team as they line up for the national anthems. Premier League stars John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Brown Ideye are all absent today.

  • 0'

    The team's are walking out onto the pitch as kick-off approaches.

  • 0'

    Starting team: Khune, Hlatshwayo (c), Mathoho, Coetzee, Matlaba, Manyisa, Zungu, Jali, Serero, Rantie, Vilakazi Subs: Mabokgwane, Khuzwayo, Nhlapo, Cardoso, Khumalo, Ntshangase, Mokotjo, Alexander, Masango, Patosi, Phala, Majoro

  • 0'

    Shakes Mashaba named his starting eleven yesterday. Thulani Hlatshwayo takes the captain's armband in the absence of Dean Furman, whose place in midfield is filled by Bongani Zungu. Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Thulani Serero starts but Kamohelo Mokotjo of Twente and Ayanda Patosi of Lokeren do not.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to live commentary of South Africa against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Watch this space for team news and all the action as it happens

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  • 1 Goals 1
    • 90' Zungu
    • 85' Musa
  • 0 Yellow Cards 2
    • 32' Onazi
    • 51' Ogu
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Rivaldo Coetzee
  • Erick Mathoho
  • Andile Jali
  • Bongani Zungu
  • Thulani Serero
  • Sibusiso Vilakazi
  • Thabo Matlaba
  • Thulani Hlatshwayo
  • Itumeleng Khune
  • Oupa Manyisa
  • Tokelo Rantie
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  • 8
  • 10
  • 10
  • 11
  • 14
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  • 20
  • 23
  • 3
  • 4
  • 7
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 21
  • 26
  • 28
  • 30
  • 31
  • Hope Akpan
  • Kenneth Omeruo
  • Ahmed Musa
  • Daniel Akpeyi
  • Ogenyi Onazi
  • Aaron Samuel Olanare
  • Moses Simon
  • Leon Balogun
  • Nelson Ogbonnaya
  • A Chima
  • K Sokari
  • Brilliant Khuzwayo
  • Siyabonga Nhlapho
  • Mandla Masango
  • Lehlohonolo Majoro
  • Phumlani Ntshangase
  • Cole Alexander
  • Ayanda Patosi
  • Thuso Phala
  • Sibusiso Khumalo
  • Daniel Cardoso
  • Kamohelo Mokotjo
  • 1
  • 4
  • 7
  • 7
  • 12
  • 13
  • 18
  • 18
  • 28
  • 30
  • 95
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 11
  • 14
  • 18
  • 20
  • 25
  • 32
  • 33
  • John Ogu
  • Azubuike Egwuekwe
  • S Ukoh
  • Omatsone Aluko
  • Godfrey Oboabona
  • Michael Babatunde
  • Joel Afelokhai
  • O Ighalo
  • J Nathaniel
  • A Latifu

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