South Africa beat Angola 3-1 at the Estadio National de Ombaka in Benguela in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday. This match was the first leg of this tie with the second to be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday evening. The Angolans took a minute and a half to open the scoring with a goal from Jactino Dlala with a right-footed shot into the bottom corner from a counter attacking move. Bafana Bafana continued pressing for the ball and eventually scored shortly afterwards through Tokelo Rantie who steered the ball into the far post beyond Dominique’s reach with a cross from Thabo Matlaba, a very crucial away goal that they needed to get back into the game.
South Africa’s attacking football continued to be a threat to the Palancas Negras defence and in the 21st minute Thamsanqa Gabuza put the away side ahead by a goal with an assist from Mandla Masango. The competitiveness and hunger from both teams continued through to the second half. With both teams desperately searching for a goal, it was the hosts needing one to level matters once again and the visitors to make their lead a more comfortable one.
A goal only came late in the match when Angolan goalkeeper Dominique brought down a player in the box and the referee awarded a controversial penalty, as the keeper got both his hands cleanly onto the ball but the penalty was awarded nonetheless. The spot kick was taken by Andile Jali who converted it, but his celebrations were short lived as he received his second yellow card of the match and was sent off for celebrating in front of the home fans by putting his finger in front of his mouth. The sending off of Jali results in him being ruled out for the second leg that will be played on Tuesday.