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Bafana Bafana Break Egyptian Hearts

Seven-time African champions Egypt were stunned after Bafana Bafana pipped them by a lone Thembinkosi Lorch’s late strike.

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Thembinkosi Lorch slams home the ball to open the scoring. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP

South Africa was the better team from the get-go, solid in defense and always dangerous in attack.

Coming up against the host nation in the Round of 16, South Africa were clear underdogs on paper, they snuck into the knockout rounds as one of the four best third-placed teams, while the Pharaohs were among the tournament favourites – boasting a 100% win record in the competition.

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Lorch wheels away in celebration. Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP

Percy Tau looked a real threat as he stung the palms of Mohamed El-Shenawy early on. It was a lively first-half with South Africa arguably looking the better of the two teams.

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Bafana Bafana In The Second Half

On their return for the second half, Egypt looked a lot more determined in the opening minutes as Mohamed Elneny rifled a shot just over Ronwen Williams’ goal.

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Mohamed Salah reacts after the hosts went behind. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Frustration slowly begin to creep into Egypt’s game as the second half went on. South Africa were growing in confidence once again and were playing some exciting football.

South Africa finally broke the deadlock after a well-worked move saw Lorch showed great composure to deliver what appeared to be the only goal of the game.

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Stunned Egypt fans. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Egypt showed character in the search for an equalizer but could not. The Cairo International Stadium falls silent, much like the Maracana did after the final match of the 1950 World Cup.

Deservedly Thembinkosi Lorch was named Man Of The Match.

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