Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa: By The Numbers

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Ivory Coast v South Africa, June 2019
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Bafana Bafana opened their Group D campaign with defeat to the Ivorians, and Goal looks at the numbers

  1. Bafana learn a vital lesson
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    Bafana learn a vital lesson

    If you don't score you don't win - that is an important lesson that Bafana should have learned.

    While defensively they looked solid except for a brief minute which led to Jonathan Kodjia's goal, Bafana never really threatened Ivory Coast with their pragmatic approach. 

    Nonetheless, Goal looks back at some interesting stats from the game. 

  2. Baxter's men lacking upfront
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    Baxter's men lacking upfront

    Bafana failed to register a single shot on target in 90 minutes, while they had three off target.

    On the other hand, Ivory Coast had six shots in total, three on target and another three off target.  

  3. Bafana slicker with the passing
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    Bafana slicker with the passing

    Despite failing to really assert their authority on the game, the Southern Africans were better when it came to passing. They enjoyed a passing success of 75.3% while the Ivorians managed just 73.6%.  
  4. Ivory Coast wanted it more
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    Ivory Coast wanted it more

    The Elephants made a total of 11 tackles winning 64%. This is in stark contrast to Bafana who made 18 tackles but won just 44%. 
  5. Williams the difference
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    Williams the difference

    South Africa's Ronwen Williams was clearly the difference on the day and the busier of the two keepers as he made two fantastic saves.

    Williams kept out Kodjia's shot from point-blank range and then denied Nicolas Pepe's free-kick with a stunning fingertip save late on. 

  6. Ivory Coast have the Midas Touch
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    Ivory Coast have the Midas Touch

    Although Ivory Coast had far fewer touches of the ball, it is what you do with it that counts. 

    The West African's had just 485 touches, which is 67 less than Bafana's 552. Of that, Ivory Coast had a touch success of 69% while Bafana boasted a touch success of 74%. 

  7. Back to the drawing board
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    Back to the drawing board

    While Ivory Coast moved level with Morocco on three points, for Bafana it's back to the drawing board.

    Next up is a clash against Namibia and Bafana will be keen to register their first three points, keeping their hopes of progression alive.