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Mali in semis after 3-1 penalty victory

[Posted 02 Feb 2013]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Mali in semis after 3-1 penalty victory

Mali broke the hearts of South Africa the host nation after beating them 3-1 on penalty shoot-out after the quarter-final match between the two sides had ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of play at the Moses Mbhida Stadium.

Only substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala scored from the spot for Bafana Bafana, as Lehlohonolo Majoro, Dean Furman and May Mahlangu all took turns to miss, while Diabate, Traore and Tamboura scored for Mali to secure their ssemi-final passage.

Earlier in the match, Tokelo Rantie had shot Bafana into the lead in the First Half 's 32nd minute after a flowing combination movement from the midfield by South Africa.

Some lapse in concentration in defence allowed Seydou Keita to equalised on 58 minutes to silence the crowd at Mose Mabhida Stadium.

As the match progressed in the second half, South Africa lost a bit of the momentum they had gathered in the first half, and allowed the big framed Malian players to get back into the game, impose their style of play, and their experience began to pay off leading to extra-time.

In penalties, Mali held their nerves, and Bafana Bafana players were clearly over-awed by the lottery and simply wilted under the weight of expectations.

Now the host nation is out of the AFCON and will this affect interest in the tournament? Hopefully not, but there is a huge possibility that the fans who are still smarting from the failure by the team to progress to the semi-finals may stay away.   

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