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Big shock in Cairo: South Africa baffles host country Egypt in second round

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Africa Cup host Egypt has already been stranded in the eighth finals. South Africa caused a thunderous surprise in Cairo and plunged The Pharaohs into over 75,000 spectators in deep mourning.

Egypt had reached the second round after three wins, in which it did not have to take any hits. South Africa, on the other hand, only won once, but was still number three in Group D. However, there was not a lot of difference between the two countries: great chances could hardly be noted and the 0-0 remained on the boards until well into injury time.


Five minutes before time, Thembinkosi Lorch suddenly became the hero of Bafana Bafana. Sparta striker Lars Veldwijk and Vitesse midfielder Thulani Serero saw from the bench how the Orlando Pirates attacker was played freely by Lebo Mothiba and the ball coolly shot past Mohamed El-Shenawy: 0-1. That blow did not get over Egypt any more: Veldwijk was allowed to come in for injury during the injury time for Lorch, who turned out to be the match winner after the final whistle.

Stuart Baxter’s team faces Nigeria in the quarter-finals, which disbanded from Cameroon earlier on Saturday. Both teams travel to Cairo on July 10 for their mutual meeting.

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