They took the game to Egypt and had a total of six shots on the target making Pharaohs' No.1 Mohamed El-Shenawy the busier of the two keepers on show as he made five saves.
Bafana Bafana certainly wanted the game more.
While they did not have the bulk of possession they enjoyed a tackle success of 89% and committed a whopping 20 fouls in the process.
Egypt dominate possession
The Egyptians enjoyed the majority of possession, boasting 62.5% of the ball compared to Bafana's meagre 37.5%.
They also had more successful touches  than their opponents as they registered an 80% touch success.
Both teams utilise long balls
It was clear that both teams were keen to use the long ball and pace up front to their advantage.
Egypt made 62 long balls while Bafana played 61 balls in search of Thembinkosi Lorch and Percy Tau.
Hegazi the pass master
No player on the field made more successful passes than Egypt's Ahmed Hegazi, who completed 65 passes.
Bafana's best passer was Kamohelo Mokotjo with 30 successful passes.
Williams' distribution a worry
Although Bafana keeper Ronwen Williams was not tested as much having made three saves, a worrying factor was his distribution.
Williams made an unimpressive 19 unsuccessful passes - more than anyone on the field.
Bafana play to their strengths
Fans were crying out for a Bafana team which plays with a lot more flair and that is what they got.
Four players - Furman, Mokotjo, Lebo Mothiba and Lorch - all had a 100% dribble success.