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!