Egypt 0 — 1 South Africa: Bafana Bafana stun hosts to secure quarter-final spot
South Africa are into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after a shock 1-0 win over hosts Egypt in Cairo.
Bafana Bafana will face Nigeria in last eight after the Super Eagles earlier saw off Cameroon 3-2 in a thriller.
Thembinkosi Lorch struck in the closing stages to stun Javier Aguirre’s side and keep alive their challenge to become continental champions for just the second time.
Stuart Baxter’s side came in for heavy criticism during the group stage as they scraped through despite losing to Ivory Coast and Morocco, but they responded with a disciplined and clinical display that saw them keep Mohamed Salah quiet and make the most of Lorch’s late opening.
Percy Tau’s dipping free-kick was brilliantly tipped over by Mohamed El-Shenawy as the half begun in lively fashion.
The best chance of the first 45 minutes fell to Trezeguet, who could only shoot tamely at Ronwen Williams after being set up by Salah following a quick break.
Trezeguet was again set up six yards from goal after a brilliant pass from Salah early in the second half, but his finish was once more a poor one.
Egypt were beginning to assume more control on proceedings but creating chances was still posing a problem, and South Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo was only feet from finding the bottom-left corner with a header from a Lorch delivery.
As Egypt continued to throw caution to the wind, they were stung on the break with five minutes of normal time to go. A well-worked move saw Lebo Mothiba stride into space and square the ball for Lorch, who kept his composure to side-foot past El-Shenawy and send his side into the last eight.
Key Opta Facts:
– Egypt had not been eliminated before the quarter-finals of an Africa Cup of Nations since 2004, when they exited at the group stage.
– South Africa had not won an AFCON knockout stage game since February 2000, a quarter-final victory over Ghana (1-0).
– They have won two of their last three AFCON games (L1), as many as in their previous 18 (D7 L9).
– El-Shenawy is the goalkeeper who has made the most saves (16) in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
– Lorch scored his first goal for South Africa in his first AFCON game.