South Africa 2-1 Colombia: Bafana Take The Honours At Soccer City

South Africa beat Colombia 2-1 in an international friendly played at Soccer City Stadium on Thursday night.
The World Cup host nation can celebrate a win against their South American opponents, ranked 35th in the world after a 2-1 victory in Bafana's first game at the newly built Soccer City stadium.

All the goals scored were via penalties. Teko Modise and Katlego Mphela scored for Bafana while Colombia's goal was scored by Giovanni Moreno.

In a strange call by the ref, Modise's penalty, which was saved required a retake after the Colombian 'keeper was judged to have stepped too far off his line. The Orlando Pirates midfielder converted his second attempt.

Only a few minutes later Colombia were on level terms, with Moreno scoring his penalty against a shaky looking Itumeleng Khune following a collision with a striker. The number one was substituted at half-time, along with a number of the Bafana starters, seeing the introduction of Steven Pienaar, Moeneeb Josephs and Benni McCarthy, amongst others.

The sell out crowd in Soccer City pushed Bafana towards victory, and the vuvuzela toting South Aficans had something to celebrate when a swift move led to Siphiwe Tshabalala getting into a good goal-scoring position before being tripped for the third penalty of the match, which Mphela scored, sending the 'keeper the wrong way.

After 95 minutes the game ended in favour of the hosts, and they can take a few positives from the encounter, while Colombia will be disappointed that their trip to South Africa was not to take part in the World Cup finals.

Watch the goals from the match here.

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