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  • 12 January 2013
  • • 20:15
  • • Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • • Attendance: 14558
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  • This truly has been a practice game for South Africa and Algeria, as neither side really looked to step on the gas with the Africa Cup of Nations starting in only one week. Thanks for joining Goal.com South Africa for tonight's game and be sure to catch every game LIVE on Goal.com during the tournament, with unique analysis, interviews and breaking news from every moment of the tournament. That's a wrap folks!
  • 90' + 4'
    Neither side can create another chance as the game ends 0-0. A rather bland ending to the tie it must be said.
  • 90'
    The game is looks like it is dialling down to a draw out there. With four minutes added on, one of these sides needs to provide a bit of magic.
  • 88'
    Yeye provides some delightful skill in the midfield followed by a long ball which forces a corner for South Africa. Tshabalala finds Parker with his corner but the striker can't find sufficient contact.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Cadamuro
  • 86'
    Algeria are concentrating their play down the left, but can't find any way past a watertight South African defence. The game has slowed down a bit as the hosts may be content with a draw tonight against Africa's second best team.
  • 83'
    Tshabalala and Matlaba combine well once more down the left, but the Orlando Pirates full-back can't find any attacking players with his cross into the box.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionSofiane Feghouli Ryad Boudebouz
  • 81'
    Feghouli is off after Algeria's talisman had a rather quiet evening and was taken care of by South Africa's defense.
  • 79'
    HAND BALL? Yeye sends in a cross and South Africa's players are claiming a penalty. Igesund looks in disbelief at the referee.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionSlimani islam Mohamed Amine Aoudia
  • 76'
    SubstitutionAdlène Guedioura TEDJAR Saad
  • 76'
    Algeria are ringing the changes out there as the threatening Slimani is off the pitch.
  • 76'
    A goal looks imminent as this game has opened up. The Algerians have begun to look more threatening and South Africa have the pace to punish them on the counter-attack.
  • 74'
    IS THAT A PENALTY? Bafana Bafana breaks forward and it seems as if Rantie was pulled down in the box. Oh, but it is off-side which negates any penalty claim from the hosts.
  • 74'
    Silimane almost releases Feghouli with a deft touch, but Khune collects.
  • 73'
    Belkelem is on the floor after great defending from Sangweni, who made a vital tackle just outside South Africa's box.
  • 73'
    Parker flies to the ground after a strong challenge, but it is a fair tackle. Halilhodžic cuts a frustrated figure on the sidelines as he takes on the linesman following an offside decision.
  • 71'
    Bafana Bafana are trying to gain possession back from the Algerians who are beginning to look more assured in attack. Tokelo Rantie earns a yellow card after a heavy challenge.
  • 69'
    Yellow Card Tokelo Anthony Rantie
  • 69'
    GAXA DEFENDS WELL!! The South African right-back has to put it in a desperate clearance after a low fizzing ball is fed into the box by the Algerians.
  • 68'
    Algeria certainly have a good turn of pace in attack, but they can't hold onto possession. Mostefa takes a heavy tackle and he is on the floor getting some treatment. A Mexican wave is engulfing the stands, in the 15 000 strong crowd.
  • 65'
    TSHABALALA! The winger with his powerful left-boot takes a shot on the volley and the stinging effort skims the crossbar. A good effort.
  • 64'
    Phala takes a heavy challenge but he is up and ready to continue. Gaxa is also taken down by a clumsy challenge and it is a free-kick for South Africa.
  • 63'
    Algeria try to counter and fail. The second half has seen the Desert Foxes almost step off the gas at times, with Bafana Bafana beginning to control proceedings. Can the home side find a goal?
  • 62'
    SubstitutionKhaled Lemmouchia Cadamuro
  • 60'
    SubstitutionKatlego Mphela Tokelo Anthony Rantie
  • 60'
    Mphela's night is over with Rantie on for "Killer".
  • 60'
    Tshabalala releases Matlaba down the left who shows some pace, but his run is cut out by some more solid defense from Algeria. Some more good play from the South Africans, sees Tshabalala have his shot blocked and it is a corner for the home side.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionFoued Kadir E. Soudani
  • 58'
    SubstitutionCarl Medjani Rafik Halliche
  • 58'
    Algeria are lining up two changes as they look to test out some of their fringe player sin the squad.
  • 57'
    Yeye shoots! The midfielder tries to make an immediate impact as he tries to beat Mbolhi from range.
  • 55'
    Slimani shoots! The winger continues to cause problems and forces Khune into a save with Algeria's first shot on target. It has taken a while.
  • 54'
    SubstitutionDean Furman Reneilwe Letsholonyane
  • 54'
    Yeye takes over from Dean Furman, and South Africa have made three subs, sending on three Kaizer Chiefs players in the process.
  • 53'
    SubstitutionThulani Serero Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala
  • 53'
    Sereo is off as Gordon Igesund looks to keep his star attacking player wrapped in cotton-wool before the Afcon tournament begins.
  • 51'
    Tshabalala and Letsholanye are coming on for South Africa, Before the substitution is made, the Algerians take a free-kick which ends up going out for a free kick.
  • 49'
    Algeria try to fashion a chance inside South Africa's box but the defence holds firm. Mostefa takes a strike at goal at the near post after a good ball from his captain finds him unmarked.
  • 48'
    Belkelem and Medjani look strong in defence for Algeria, as the former deals well with a forward run from Parker. Thulani Serero bursts forward for South Africa, but he can't find a way to goal as Belkelem is once more on hand with an important tackle
  • 46'
    SubstitutionA. Ngcongca Siboniso Pa Gaxa
  • 46'
    The second half has kicked off, with Siboniso Gaxa on for Ngongca at the start of the half.
  • We apologize for the technical issues during the first half but the rest of the action will be provided on Goal.com SA. A good half for South Africa but the home team couldn't find the back of the net despite many chances and potential "gifts" given away by the Algerians. Join me soon for the second half at the Orlando Stadium.
  • 45' + 1'
    That's it half time! An entertaining half of football which really came to life at the end of the 45.
  • 45'
    Furman provides a wasteful diagonal pass, after a period of sustained pressure from the South Africans. The home team should be in the lead after Algeria continue to make mistakes in possession.
  • 43'
    CHANCE FOR ALGERIA. A dangerous ball is latched onto by Belkelem, but his header is misdirected. The Algerians almost punished South Africa.
  • 42'
    PARKER SHOOTS!! Algeria give the ball away once again and the goal opens up for Parker who tries to curl it around the goalkeeper with his left-foot. Mbolhi had to sprawl to his right with a good save. Positive signs for the home team here!
  • 41'
    Kadir provides a nice turn down the left, but his weighted pass is a bit strong and Khune collects it with ease.
  • 39'
    MPHELA!!! Mesbah proves a poor pass and "Killer" collects the ball. He seemed destined to score as he ran towards goal and held off an Algerian defencer but his lackluster attempt is straight at Mbolhi.
  • 38'
    Algeria break forward quickly and create a chance! But Medjani's left-footed strike flies into the stands.
  • 37'
    Igesund looks rather pensive on the sidelines, but Bafana have a free-kick which Mbolhi collects with ease in the box.
  • 35'
    CHANCE FOR ALGERIA! Khune almost makes a mistake and allows for an Algeria corner, which Belkelem almost latches onto but can't connect his shot well at the near post.
  • 34'
    Furman releases Ngongca down the right flank and the full-back sends in a powerful cross but it is well defended by the Algerians, who break forward and win a throw in deep in South Africa's half. But Bafana are able to clean up at the back and launch their own attack which peters out after a poor cross from Dikgacoi.
  • 31'
    The Algerians are beginning to find their rhythm and they look dangerous on the counter-attack, with South Africa still unable to find a way past the Algerian brick wall.
  • 29'
    Khune releases Phala with a good take and long clearance. The winger is able to win a corner for South Africa, but Phala provides an overcooked corner kick and Algeria are back in possession.
  • 26'
    Algeria's free-kick is well charged down by Matlaba. They try to capitalise on a mistake from Dean Furman but Dikagacoi is able to break up the move.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • 24'
    Dikgacoi makes a tactical foul and receives the first yellow card of the match.
  • 24'
    SHOT FOR BOUAZZA! Algeria are beginning to crack open the South African defence, but the midfielder can only blast his effort wide at the near post.
  • 22'
    A long ball is sent towards Mphela once more but he can't track it down. Algeria try to follow suit and Khune collects calmly. Algeria push forward with a enterprising run from Kadir whose shot is is scuffed wide.
  • 20'
    DIKGACOI! Serero sends in a well-weighted cross and the midfielder tries the acrobatic effort but misses the ball completely.
  • 18'
    Matlaba looks busy at left-back and provides Bafana with another attacking outlet. Possession is being lost on numerous occasions by both sides, but South Africa do have slightly more control over proceedings. Parker fires a shot into the stands after some link-up play with Serero.
  • 15'
    South Africa continue to launch long balls forward which Algeria are dealing with easily. The visitors are beginning to find some passing rhythm but are also guilty of splaying some inaccurate passes forward. South Africa almost create a chance with Parker finding Phala with a deep cross, but the winger can't find a shot.
  • 13'
    South Africa are building patiently from the back, with Algeria sitting back whenever the hosts have possession. This looks rather similar to the previous game against Norway, with Bafana unable to control possession in the attacking third. Algeria launch their own attack but the delivery is poor from Bouazza.
  • 10'
    A fairly low turn-out is watching this game in the Orlando Stadium, but those who have made the effort to support the home team will hope for a good outing. Phala almost creates a chance down the right and wins a corner for South Africa. But it is a wasteful delivery from Parker and Algeria begin a dangerous looking attack with some slick passing by Mesbah.
  • 7'
    Phala is caught offside and Algeria begin to build form the back. Bafana are pressing well from the front and showing initiative to gain possession. Serero tries to release Phala down the right but his pass goes astray. A positive beginning for South Africa.
  • 5'
    Mphela fouls Belkelem in Algeria's half, but the Desert Foxes can't hold onto possession and South Africa begin to control the game from the back. Dikgacoi is taken down by a late challenge during what has been a fairly physical first five minutes.
  • 3'
    South Africa have warded off Algeria's initial forward burst and launched their own via Thabo Matlaba down the left flank. Algeria have set out their defensive stall and will prove difficult for the South Africans to break down.
  • 1'
    And we're off! South Africa start us off but lose possession immediately.
  • That's it half time! An entertaining half of football which really came to life at the end of the 45.
  • Furman provides a wasteful diagonal pass, after a period of sustained pressure from the South Africans. The home team should be in the lead after Algeria continue to make mistakes in possession.
  • CHANCE FOR ALGERIA. A dangerous ball is latched onto by Lemmouchia, but his header is misdirected. The Algerians almost punished South Africa.
  • PARKER SHOOTS!! Algeria give the ball away once again and the goal opens up for Parker who tries to curl it around the goalkeeper with his left-foot. Mbolhi had to sprawl to his right with a good save. Positive signs for the home team here!
  • Kadir provides a nice turn down the left, but his weighted pass is a bit strong and Khune collects it with ease.
  • MPHELA!!! Mesbah proves a poor pass and "Killer" collects the ball. He seemed destined to score as he ran towards goal and held off an Algerian defencer but his lackluster attempt is straight at Mbolhi.
  • Algeria break forward quickly and create a chance! But Medjani's left-footed strike flies into the stands.
  • Igeusnd looks rather pensive on the sidelines, but Bafana have a free-kick which Mbolhi collects with ease in the box.
  • CHANCE FOR ALGERIA! Khune almost makes a mistake and allows for an Algeria corner, which Belkelem almost latches onto but can't connect his shot well at the near post.
  • Furman releases Ngongca down the right flank and the full-back sends in a powerful cross but it is well defended by the Algerians, who break forward and win a throw in deep in South Africa's half. But Bafana are able to clean up at the back and launch their own attack which peters out after a poor cross from Dikgacoi.
  • South Africa win a set-piece in a dangerous position but the home team take it too quickly for the referee. Parker stands over the second attempt and launches in a looping cross which Mbolhi takes well.
  • The Algerians are beginning to find their rhythm and they look dangerous on the counter-attack, with South Africa still unable to find a way past the Algerian brick wall.
  • Khune releases Phala with a good take and long clearance. The winger is able to win a corner for South Africa, but Phala provides an overcooked corner kick and Algeria are back in possession.
  • Algeria's free-kick is well charged down by Matlaba. They try to capitalise on a mistake from Dean Furman but Dikagacoi is able to break up the move.
  • The players are exchanging handshakes and kick-off is imminent.
  • Algeria: Mbolhi, Mostefa, Belkelem, Mesbah, Feghouli, Bouazza, Medjani, Kadir, Guedioura, Lemmouchia
  • South Africa: Khune, Ngongca, Khumalo, Sangweni, Matlaba, Furman, Dikgacoi, Serero, Phala, Parker, Mphela
  • South Africa have started with Thulani Serero and Bernard Parker in an attacking line-up being selected by Gordon Igesund.
  • Now that the build-up is over, here are the line-ups for tonight’s friendly.
  • Bafana Bafana would have been buoyed by their second half performance against the Norwegian side, where they began to build in attack but could not find a final ball or shot to punish their opponents. Tonight, Gordon Igesund will want to see a more potent Bafana Bafana. A team which can finish what they start.
  • Algeria were in emphatic form in 2012, winning six of their last eight internationals, Coached by the strict Vahid Halilhodžic, the Algerians will want to continue their preparations on a positive note before they have to face a certain group of death against Togo, Tunisia and Ivory Coast.
  • South Africa is desperate to prove to themselves and to their fans that they have what it takes to win the Africa Cup of Nations. A disappointing 1-0 loss against Norway has not helped matters, but tonight they have a chance to play against one of Africa’s top nations.
  • South Africa beat Algeria 2-1 the last time they played them at home during their successful 1996 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Their second meeting ended 1-1 during the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. 13 years have passed since the last meeting between the two sides.
  • This is the third time South Africa will play the Algerians, with their two previous meetings occurring during the 1996 and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
  • This is the Africa Cup of Nations host’s final warm-up game before kicking off the much-anticipated tournament in a week’s time. The jury has been out on the side’s recent performances and they won’t find it any easier against Africa’s 2nd ranked team, the talented and disciplined Fennec Foxes. Tweet me @Dan0090 with your impressions before and during the game.
  • Good evening ladies and gentleman and welcome to Goal.com South Africa’s LIVE commentary of the friendly between South Africa and Algeria. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through all of tonight’s action from the Orlando Stadium.