07 Jul Egypt v South Africa Match Report, 06/07/2019, Africa Cup of Nations
Bafana Bafana left it late to shock the seven-time African champions as they superior to the quarterfinals on Saturday night time
Egypt had been left shocked as Thembinkosi Lorch’s late strike silenced the house followers to ship South Africa to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals.
A frightening activity awaited Bafana Bafana on Saturday night time as they took to the sphere in entrance of a packed Cairo Worldwide Stadium.
Arising in opposition to the hosts Egypt within the Spherical of 16, Bafana had been clear underdogs on paper, having snuck into the knockout rounds as one of many 4 greatest third-placed teams, whereas the Pharaohs had been among the many match favourites – boasting a 100% win document up to now within the competitors.
Their possibilities got a fair additional increase with the information that talisman Mohamed Salah had shrugged off sickness forward of kick-off and was raring to go.
This might have instilled worry into Bafana coach Stuart Baxter as he made two modifications, bringing in Dean Furman, who returned from harm and 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) Footballer of the 12 months Lorch, who made his first look on the continental showpiece and was set for an evening to recollect.
Lorch’s introduction instilled new life right into a Bafana assault, which did not register a single shot on goal in two of their group video games and scored only one objective, however Salah’s menace was an ever-present headache for his opponents.
The 27-year-old maybe ought to have carried out higher along with his first effort, as he lashed the ball broad from contained in the Bafana field, giving an early warning to the opposition for what was doubtlessly to come back.
The conflict was the third assembly between the 2 sides at an Afcon, and Bafana had been decided to get their very first win over the African giants.
Percy Tau, who has had a relatively quiet match regardless of being the highest scorer in qualifying, regarded an actual menace as he stung the palms of Mohamed El-Shenawy early on.
Tau was placing on a scintillating show and saved the Egypt keeper busy and curled a freekick brilliantly saved with simply over 20 minutes performed.
Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter undoubtedly tinkered along with his sport plan as Bafana had been much more optimistic.
Nevertheless, throwing our bodies upfront meant they had been all the time uncovered to the break and had Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan made higher contact along with his strike following a fast counter-attack, the scoreline may have been totally different.
It was a full of life first-half with Bafana arguably trying the higher of the 2 teams, however Egypt confirmed simply why they had been but to be breached on this yr’s match as they had been resolute on the again and saved the 1996 champions at bay.
On their return for the second-half, the Egyptian technical team had been the primary to react as Marwan Mohsen was withdrawn for Ahmed Ali in an try to up the ante seeking the opener.
Egypt regarded much more decided within the opening minutes of the second-half as Mohamed Elneny rifled a shot simply over Ronwen Williams’ objective.
In the meantime, the partnership of Salah and Trezeguet was conserving Bafana on their toes, however the latter was missing the top product and simply earlier than the hour mark, he squandered one other alternative.
After being performed by means of on objective because of an exceptional defence-splitting cross by Salah, the 24-year-old despatched his tame effort into the grateful arms of Williams.
With the sport headed into its closing quarter, Egypt had been but to search out the again of the online and frustration slowly start to creep into their sport because the stress mounted.
Bafana’s greatest probability of the half got here with 20 minutes to go when Thulani Hlatshwayo rose highest, however he couldn’t direct his header on goal, to the aid of the capability crowd in attendance.
Baxter’s males had been rising in confidence as soon as once more and had been producing thrilling football with Lorch coming extra into the sport, though he would squander a golden alternative to search out the again of the online.
However with the match trying destined for an extra 30 minutes, a well-worked transfer noticed Bafana lastly break the impasse when Lorch confirmed nice composure to ship what proved to be the killer blow, gorgeous the Egypt followers into full silence and justifying requires his selection after being snubbed through the Group Stage.
Strive as Egypt did Bafana by no means regarded like surrendering their lead, as they confirmed warrior-like attributes with the ultimate whistle sounding.
Their celebrations confirmed simply what the win meant for Bafana and maybe even a complete nation as the main focus now turns to Nigeria within the closing eight.
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