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South Africa delivers the most recent giant-killing as Morocco is eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations

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In order to get to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations and eliminate pre-tournament favorites Morocco, South Africa overcame a late penalty scare.

The superior team, Bafana Bafana, ultimately defeated the 2022 World Cup semifinalists 2-0; in the closing moments of the match, Sofyan Amrabat was sent off after Achraf Hakimi missed a penalty kick.

While Morocco had dominated Group F in their quest for just a second Afcon title, South Africa had only won one group match to get to the knockout stages.

Just before the hour, though, Hugo Broos’ team would take the lead when Evidence Makgopa used a low strike to cap off a flowing play.

With five minutes left, Morocco had the ideal opportunity to tie the score from the penalty spot after struggling to find an equalizer.

Following a VAR examination, South Africa defender Mothobi Mvala was given a handball penalty; however, Hakimi struck the crossbar with the ensuing spot attempt.

As Morocco attempted to close the score, things became worse for them when Amrabat was sent off for tripping Teboho Mokoena as he was closing in on the goal.

When VAR intervened, the Manchester United loanee believed he had been given a respite. However, they advised referee Mahmood Ismail to enhance the second booking to a straight red.

To make matters worse, Mokoena got back up to skillfully convert the ensuing free-kick, advancing South Africa to play Cape Verde in the quarterfinals.

Mali managed to defeat Burkina Faso 2-1 in another match, securing a quarterfinal matchup with the tournament host, Ivory Coast.

Lassine Sinayoko’s goal in the second half and Edmond Tapsoba’s own goal were sufficient for the Eagles to advance to the next round.

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Following their victory over Senegal, the current Afcon winners, on Monday through a penalty shootout, Mali will next take on Ivory Coast on Saturday.

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