Tuesday, January 30
•Mali 2-1 Burkina Faso
•Morocco 0-2 South Africa
•Nigeria Vs Angola
•Cape Verde Vs South Africa
•Mali Vs Ivory Coast
•DR Congo Vs Guinea
In a surprising turn of events, South Africa emerged victorious over Morocco with a 2-0 win to reach the last Eight at the ongoing 2023 AFCON in Ivory Coast.
The first half was marked by few goalscoring opportunities, with Morocco having a goal disallowed by VAR.
The tides turned in the second half as Evidence Makgopa secured the lead for South Africa in the 57th minute, skillfully finding the bottom right corner of the net.
Morocco, determined to equalize, introduced more forwards and was awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute, but Achraf Hakimi’s attempt hit the crossbar, sparing South Africa.
The pressure intensified as Sofyan Amrabat received a second yellow, upgraded to a straight red after VAR review, leaving Morocco with ten men.
Seizing the numerical advantage, South Africa sealed the game with Teboho Mokoena’s brilliant free kick, securing a spot in the quarter-finals.
South Africa will face Cape Verde on Saturday, February 3, at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro.
The victory marks a remarkable upset and sets the stage for an exciting continuation of their journey in the tournament.
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