Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification Group D match between South Africa and Cape Verde at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.


South Africa XI: Sandilands, Gould, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Mphahlele, Furman, Kekana, Zwane, Dolly, Grobler, Rantie.

Cape Verde XI: Dias, Tiago, Pereira, Santos, Da Cruz, Rodrigues, Soares, Rocha, Carlos, Mendes, Tavares.


FULL-TIME: South Africa 1-2 Cape Verde.

94′ – Cape Verde sub: Admar IN, Rodrigues OUT.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

89′ – GOAL! South Africa 1-2 Cape Verde. Jali beats Vozinha with a powerful low shot.

85′ – Cape Verde sub: Totti IN, Mendes OUT.

80′ – South Africa are pressing Cape Verde, but the Blue Sharks defence has been solid in the second-half.

77′ – South Africa sub: Tau IN, Kekana OUT.

Cape Verde sub: Platini IN, Tavares OUT.

75′ – South Africa coach Stuart Baxter is about to introduce attack-minded Tau with Cape Verde defending in numbers.

70′ – Play is stopped as Cape Verde defender Stopira is down injured.

66′ – GOAL! South Africa 0-2 Cape Verde. Rodrigues cuts inside and he beats Sandilands with a thunderous long range effort.

South Africa sub: Jali IN, Grobler OUT.

65′ – CHANCE! Cape Verde attacker Mendes beats two South Africa defenders, but he fires over the crossbar.

60′ – South Africa are trailing 1-0 against Cape Verde as we reach the hour-mark here in Durban.

56′ – South Africa sub: Manyama IN, Zwane OUT.

55′ – CHANCE! South Africa striker Grobler heads straight into Cape Verde keeper Vozinha’s hands as the hosts look to respond with a goal.

51′ – GOAL! South Africa 0-1 Cape Verde. Rodrigues fires past Sandilands with a powerful effort from a free-kick.

50′ – South Africa striker Rantie unleashes a powerful shot which narrowly misses the target as the hosts search for the opening goal.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: South Africa 0-0 Cape Verde.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – CHANCE! Cape Verde defender Stopira’s heads wide of the target with the Bafana defence caught ball watching.

35′ – South Africa striker Rantie is fouled near the Cape Verde box and Kekana fires the resultant free-kick just over the crossbar as the home side press the Blue Sharks.

30′ – Cape Verde midfielder Mendes forces shot-stopper Sandilands into a save and at the other end, goalkeeper Vozinha denies South Africa striker Grobler.

25′ – Bafana’s long-range specialist Kekana tries his luck from range, but his effort sails over the crossbar.

20′ – Bafana Bafana combine nicely on the edge of the Blue Sharks box, but Dolly loses possession.

15′ – CLOSE! Cape Verde midfielder Mendes tries to beat South Africa keeper Sandilands from range, but his effort goes just over the crossbar.

10′ – CHANCE! End-to-end stuff as the ball falls kindly for South Africa striker Rantie in the Cape Verde box, but he fires wide of the target.

5′ – CHANCE! Cape Verde midfielder Rocha’s effort goes straight into South Africa goalkeeper Sandilands‘ hands as the visitors threaten first.

1′ – The match is underway.

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