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WC Qualification Africa
16 June 2013
• Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Abeba
Referee: Mohamed Farouk Mahmoud
• Attendance: 22000
G. Kebede 43'
B. Parker 70' (own goal)
B. Parker 34'
A horror own goal from Bernard Parker has ended South Africa's dream of playing in the 2014 World, as scenes of great joy can be seen in the crowd in Addis Ababa. Thanks for joining Goal South Africa. Stay tuned for Player Ratings, reactions and analysis of the match.
90' + 5'
THAT'S IT! Ethiopia are into the next round of Fifa World Cup qualifying and South Africa have been bundled out. The final group games will be academic as Ethiopia have booked a spot into the round.
90' + 4'
SAID!! The striker has an opportunity to seal the deal out there but his low shot goes wide. One minute remains.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card J. Tassew
90' + 3'
Segolela misses an opportunity inside the box as Furman's feeds a ball into the box which just evades the substitutes outstrechered boot.
Five minutes to be added on. Five minutes left for South Africa to find the equaliser. Ethiopia are on the verge of sporting history.
Mathoho's powerful header is blocked after a corner finds the defender jsut on the edge of the box. His volley goes high and wide as the visitors miss another opportunity.
Mashego has a chance via a free kick and it goes out for a goal-kick. Five minutes of normal time remaining. A goal does not look likely for South Africa.
Seyoum is on the floor and is struggling to get up. There have been some heavy challenges out there and the referee has not shown his hand on enough occasions.
Langerman is off for Mashego as Gordon Igesund seeks to find that vital equaliser.
South Africa are faltering under the pressure and are struggling to make an impact as time is running out.
Fifteen minutes to go and Ethiopia are close to attaining what is a dream for their fans in Addis Ababa.
Poor tackle from Seyoum on Furman. South Africa are searching desperatedly for the equaliser and Ethiopia are defending for their lives.
Own Goal Bernard Melvin Parker
Yellow Card Aynalem Hailu Reda
GOAL!! ETHIOPIA!! Own goal from Bernard Parker! The striker tries to clear a cross into his box and smashes a powerful header into his own net. Ethiopia have the lead and are twenty minutes away from winning this World Cup qualifying group!
Gordon is screaming out orders to his players as Ethiopia launch an attack via Girma down the right wing. The South African coach does not look happy about his player's intensity levels at the moment - which have almost definitely dropped.
May Siphiwe Mahlangu
Tlou Mashedi Segolela
Mahlangu is off and he is replaced by Tlou Segolela. The Helsingborg midfielder did not show his full potential this afternoon and Segolela is on to add some more pace to South Africa's attack.
Minyahile Teshome Beyene
MATHOHO!! Great chance for the "Tower". The free kick smashes into the wall and falls into Furman's path who provides a pinpoint square ball to Tshabalala who finds Mathoho with a cross, but the defender can't take his chance.
Yellow Card A. Ngcongca
Yellow card for Reda after he fells Letsholonyane in a good position for South Africa. Tshabalala will eye the target from here.
RANTIE!! A cross from Parker finds the substitute in the box but he hits his volley high and wide. South Africa need to take their chances out there.
Adane Girma is on for Shemeles, as Ethiopia make their first change.
South Africa look calm out there and have enjoyed most the possession in the early stages of this second half. Letsholonyane is on the floor after a heavy and dangerous challenge from Seyoum. He looks to be running off the slight knock he sustained.
Tokelo Anthony Rantie
RANTIE!! The striker almost scores with his first touch as he breaks through the Ethiopian defence and strikes at goal, only for his effort to be deflected out for a corner-kick. Would have been a dream start for the substitute.
Phala is replaced by Tokelo Rantie after a rather ineffective performance from the pacy winger.
Cut and thurst football out there in the opening stages of this vital second half, with both sides trying to carve out chances.
Here we go! South Africa kick off the second half!
An exhiliarating match so far in Addis Ababa. South Africa took the lead via Parker, but Kebede struck to bring the home side back into the game. The second half will start in around 15 minutes! Tweet me @Dan0090 with any comments about proceedings so far.
45' + 2'
The first half is finished! 1-1 at the end of 47 minutes.
Lazy defending from South Africa there as as the central defenders did not clear when they had opportunities to do so. The missed chance from Letsholonyane could prove to be the turning point in this encounter.
Goal G. Kebede
GOAL!!! ETHIOPIA!! KEBEDE SCORES! Poor defending from South Africa allows for Kebede to shoot at the near post and he makes no mistake in burying his effort past a desperate dive from Khune. The National Stadium erupts.
LETSHOLONYANE!! Fantastic chance for the midfielder there. A eagle-eyed Tshabalala feeds the ball into space and Yeye is free on goal but his low shot goes straight into the path of Jemal. Could that be a costly miss for South Africa?
Ethiopia look a shade of the team which started this match with so much confidence. South Africa have a vital lead which they will seek to add to as the match continues.
Goal Bernard Melvin Parker
GOAL!! SOUTH AFRICA!!! AND IT'S PARKER! A long ball from the Bafana Bafana captain Khune falls into the path of the striker and he does not hesitate in hitting a low volley which nestles into the bottom right corner of the net. A massive goal for South Africa.
A cross almost finds Kebede in the South African box, but Mathoho is on hand to clear away. The defender has been in fine form this afternoon.
PARKER!! A corner kick finds Mathoho who heads the ball back into play with Parker having a chance to power a header but his effort is cleared off the line by Minyahile. Heroic stop from the defender.
Bafana Bafana are concentrating their efforts down the right wing, where play has become a bit scrappy at times with a few mistimed tackles from both teams.
TSHABALALA!! A trademark long range effort from the winger goes wide. South Africa have been able to becalm the crowd with some quality possession play.
The match has slowed down and is at a pace which will suit South Africa at the moment. Ethiopia are looking nervy in defence whenever South Africa tries to put them under pressure.
This is tense World Cup qualifer football at its best as both teams have fashioned good chances and are looking for a win. Stakes have never been higher for both sides.
PARKER!! A period of controlled, incisive passing from South Africa results in a shot from the striker but Jemal is up to the task with a fine save low to his left. Ethiopia counter with the dangerous Said almost finding space to shoot, but he is well closed down by Mathoho.
South Africa are being caught in possession and seem to be struggling to weather the storm in the opening stages of this match.
Ethiopia are stretching South Africa down the right flank, with Langerman struggling to deal with the pace of the match so far. An acrobatic clearance from Mathoho keeps the ball out of the area.
Close for Kebede. Another pulsating run from the Ethiopians leads to a pass into the area from Getaneh which almost finds the striker's outstretched boot.
PHALA!! South Africa break through the midfield with a slick pass from Parker, which finds Phala who smashes a low drive towards goal which goes wide.
Some breathtaking runs from Ethiopia at times, but Bafana Bafana have been able to halt the home side whenever they make a foray into their half.
MAHLANGU! Bernard Parker feeds a ball into the area after a direct run, but Mahlangu can't control his effort and it flies over the crossbar.
CHANCE FOR ETHIOPIA!! Their first free kick of the match finds the head of Said and Khune saves well low to the ground.
Furman is cut down by a dangerous tackle in the opening minute, as South Africa begin to control the early possession. Boos ring out throughout the stadium every time South Africa touch the ball.
Kickoff in Addis Ababa. The players start the match in an electric atmosphere. Here we go! South Africa, clad in yellow, start the game.
The Ethiopian national anthem sees the crowd raise their flags. 23 000 people creating an amazing atmosphere in Addis Ababa. Kickoff is imminent!
Kickoff is in 10 minutes! The teams are out on the pitch and lined up for the national anthems.
Tebogo Langerman has replaced the injured Ricardo Nunes, while Thuso Phala has been recalled into the starting lineup to enhance South Africa's pace reserves.
Here is the Bafana starting XI: Khune, Ngcongca, Langerman, Mathoho, Nthethe, Furman, Mahlangu, Letsholonyane, Parker, Phala, Tshabalala
If South Africa lose this afternoon, their World Cup dream will be over as Ethiopia will claim top spot in Group A. Ethiopia have a strong home record at the National Stadium and their fans have packed the stadium to create a rather hostile atmosphere for the visiting South African side. Kickoff is set to take place in a little under half an hour. Stay with Goal South Africa for all the action, with lineups coming soon.
Welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE coverage of South Africa's crucial World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through all the action of this afternoon's crunch clash.
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