90 Fulltime: Bafana 1-1 Ethiopia.
90 Ngcongca’s shot misses the target by inches.
90 Siphiwe Tshabalala Corner – Cleared to safety by the defence.
90 2 minutes of added time remaining.
90 Mphela’s free kick is blocked by the Ethiopians defence.
90 Bafana get a free kick in a promising positive, on the edge of the box, Mphela’s area.
90 5 minutes added time.
89 The match is set for an exciting finish as both teams go for attack. The Ethiopians are not settling for a draw.
86 Manyisa tries to score with his trademark long range strike but his attempt goes over the bar.
83 The introduction of Modise has brought life into Bafana’s attack, combining well with his club teammates Mphela and Masenamela.
83 Play has been temporarily stopped as Ethiopia goalkeeper receives treatment.
82 Free Kick – Mphela is adjudged to be offside after receiving a pass from Modise..
79 Pienaar misses a chance to put Bafana ahead after finding himself unmarked inside the box, his shot narrowly missed the target with the crowd already in its feet.
78 Katlego Abel Mphela Goal – Mphela gets the equaliser for Bafana! teh striker exchanged passes with Nomvethe before unleashing a cracker, 1-1.
77 Another attempt at goal by Said who’s been a torn in the flesh for Bafana.
74 Teko Tsholofelo Modise Corner – Modise’s delivery is headed over the bar by defender Gould.
71 20 minutes left for Bafana to force for a positive result in the match.
70 Bafana make a good move to the Ethiopians box, exchanging a couple of passes, but Masenamela’s cross is cleared.
67 Another shot at goal by Ethiopia within a space of a minute. The attempt goes wide.
67 Said ‘s well taken shot misses the target as Bafana almost got punished again.
65 Pienaar picks up Mphela unmarked in the box, the striker’s well taken header is saved by the goalkeeper with his feet.
62 Bafana need to come up with something special in the last 30 minutes of the match to turn things around.
59 At shot at goal by Ethiopia as the corner kick is cleared, the attempt misses the target.
57 Siphiwe Tshabalala Free Kick – Tshabalala delivers a deeping ball inside the box, no one available to capitalise though as the ball invades everyone and goes out.
56 Mphela gets a free header inside the box from Nomvethe’s cross, but his header misses the target.
55 Steven Pienaar Corner – Pienaar’s delivery is well dealt with by the keeper.
53 The match continues as the keeper gets back to his feet.
51 Masenamela’s slow cross is saved by the Ethiopian goalkeeper, who later collides with Nomvethe’s boot. The keeper is now receiving treatment and play is being stopped.
49 Steven Pienaar Corner – Pinaar plays a short corner with Tshabalala, the latter’s cross is well dealt with by the goalkeeper.
47 Bongani Khumalo Yellow Card – For a two-footed challenge on goal scorer Said.
46 The second half begins.
45 The referee blows for halftime. Bafana will need to do more in the second half as they go to the break trailing despite dominating the proceedings. Ball possession: Bafana 64%, Ethiopa 36%.
45 1 minute of added time.
44 Letsholonyane’s tame shot goes way off the target after being given space on the edge of the box.
44 Said almost punishes the Bafana defence again after being given space to shot, with his powerful strike narrowly missing the target.
41 Nomvethe almost sneaks through but the Ethiopians defence recovers and clears the ball.
39 Katlego Abel Mphela Free Kick – Mphela’s free kick goes straight to the wall and goes out for thrown-in.
38 Corner – A poor taken corner kick by Ethiopia as the ball goes out on its well to the box.
37 Ethiopia look more confident after taking a lead.
30 Left back Tshepo Masilela is injured and will be replaced by Punch Masenamela.
29 Bafana suffer a setback as they concede a goal within the first 30 minutes. It’s now a test of character for the home side.
28 Said Saladin Goal – Ethiopia take the lead through Saladhin Said who fired a cracker inside the box giving Bafana goalkeeper Khune no chance. Said capitalised as Tshabalala’s pass failed to reach Tshepo Masilela, the Ethiopian forward sprint ahead and scored a beauty.
24 Katlego Abel Mphela Free Kick – Katlego Mphela’s well taken free kick is saved by the Ethiopians goalkeeper, though he needed to collect the ball for safety on second attempt as he failed to deal with the shot first time.
23 Butako Abebaw Yellow Card – First yellow of the match
23 Yellow card Abedaw Butako gets the first booking of the match for handball in his own half.
20 20 minutes gone, Bafana still searching for an opener.
18 Free Kick – The referee gives Bafana a free kick as Khune’s clearance is blocked for handball.
17 The referee has a word with Bafana captain Steven Pienaar following a foul on the centre half.
14 Ethiopia’s first shot on target, Khune easily deals with the tame shot.
14 Bafana patiently building nicely from the defence, lead by Gould and Bongani Khumalo.
11 Siphiwe Tshabalala Corner – Tshabalala delivers a cross after a short corner, Morgan Gould’s tame header misses the target.
10 Steven Pienaar Free Kick – Steven Pienaar’s well taken freekick is parried away for a corner kick.
9 The Ethiopians deliver a through ball, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune reads the situation well and come out to collect the ball.
5 Positive start for Bafana as they’ve completely dominated in the opening 5 minutes.
2 Siyabonga Nomvethe is put thorugh on goal, his hesitant shot goes across the goals. He couldn’t decide whether to take a shot or deliver a square pass.
2 Siphiwe Tshabalala Corner – Siphiwe Tshabalala’s corner is cleared out for safety.
1 Anele Ngcongca takes a short at goal, the Ethiopia parries the ball for a corner kick.
1 Bafan are in gold shirts and green shocks, Ethiopia are in all red.
1 The match gets underway.
- Coach Pitso Mosimane has selected a strong strating XI for the clash, notable he decided to start with the combination Kaizer Chiefs duo Siphiwe Tshabalala and Renielwe Letsholonyane. Striker Siyabonga Nomvethe, who was the top performer in the previous PSL season, is starting on his return to the national team since the 2010 World Cup. He will be partnering Katlego Mphela upfront.
- The last time South Africa played in the World Cup qualifiers they failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. They qualified for teh 2010 edition as hosts.
- Bafana Bafana kick off their Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopa at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday.