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Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Ghana through; Mali upset South Africa

Hosts South Africa have been bounced out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Mali. In earlier action, Ghana comfortably defeated Cape Verde to advance into the semifinal.

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Bafana Bafana out on penalties

Another Africa Cup of Nations, another disappointment for South Africa. The hosts are out of the tournament after falling to Mali on penalties.

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South Africa vs. Mali: Penalty shootout

Update: South Africa out of Africa Cup of Nations, Mali advance on penalties

Surprise surprise. Nobody scored in extra time between South Africa and Mali, because nobody did anything worth even talking about in extra time. So we might actually get some dramatics at Durban Stadium after all, because the 1-1 draw thanks to Tokelo Rantie and Seydou Keita exchanging goals means a penalty shootout will decide which of these teams makes it to the semifinals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Ghana have already made it through, having beaten Cape Verde in the early game.

Mostly, people hate penalty kicks (or profess to), but they'll be a fitting end to this match, because this match has been terrible. Africa Cup of Nations, you're supposed to be better than this. But, apparently, you are not, at least not this year. Y'all know the deal, I hope: Five kicks per team, after which the team with the most goals goes through. If tied, kicks are exchanged until someone wins after a round.

First up are the hosts...

Siphiwe Tshabalala scores! Soumaila Diakite goes the wrong way and Tshabalala plants it in the bottom corner.

Cheick Diabate scores! Basically the same thing, but in the other corner.

Dean Furman saved! Not a good spot kick from Furman and Diakite keeps it out.

Adama Tamboura scores! Just past Itumeleng Khune, who got a hand to it. Great penalty.

May Mahlangu saved! Diakite does it again!

Mahamane Traore scores! Mali are one kick away from wrapping this up.

Micheal Majoro misses! High and wide!

Mali advance to the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations!

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South Africa and Mali head to extra time

Update: South Africa out of Africa Cup of Nations, Mali advance on penalties

What looked like it was going to be a comfortable shutout victory for South Africa has turned into a very even match in Durban. Bafana Bafana gave away a goal in the second half, and they're headed to extra time with Mali in their Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal match.

Tukelo Rantie opened the scoring in the 31st minute, finishing off a counter attack, assisted by Thuso Phala with a low square ball. South Africa had been playing well up until that point, and the goal was a well-deserved one. Mali veteran Seydou Keita unexpectedly fired his team back into the game in the 58th minute, muscling his way through defenders before applying a calm finish.

There is no golden goal rule in Africa Cup of Nations, much like other tournaments. The extra time rules are standard. The teams will play two 15-minute periods of extra time to completion, and if the match is tied at the end of 120 minutes, the teams will go to penalties.

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