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South Africa defeat hosts Senegal on penalties to reach 2016 Olympics


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South Africa got the better of U23 AFCON hosts Senegal at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in a penalty shootout after a drab affair, thus snatching the last ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Senegal dominated the majority of the game as they took control of the midfield battle and attacked South Africa. Mohamadou Diallo & Ismailia Sarr both missing glorious chances for Senegal in the match, which would eventually end in a 0-0 draw.

At the 70-minute mark, Senegal were handed a penalty as South African goalkeeper Jody February was adjudged to have fouled Ismailia Sarr, and the referee pointed to the spot. February saved Moussa Wague’s penalty, and the rebound was clattered against the bar by substitute Ibrahima Keita.

In the 78th minute, Menzi Masuku curled in a free kick and Senegal’s Pape Ndiaye saved both Kwanda Mngonyama’s header & Rivaldo Coetzee’s effort from the rebound.

The penalty shootout saw Gift Motupa fire home South Africa’s opening penalty past Ndiaye, before Senegal’s Sylvain Badji’s effort was stopped by February .

Kwanda Mngonyama’s penalty was then saved by Ndiaye, before February again saved, this time from Elhadji Diaw.

Ndiaye again denied South Africa after parrying away Kwanda Mngonyama’s penalty, however it was February’s day; he swept away SidySarr’s penalty, leaving Mahlambi to coolly slot home the winning spot-kick and send South Africa to Rio 2016, after sealing third place in the tournament.

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