Lagos - Two quick goals in the first half was all South Africa needed to beat Senegal 2-1 in a tense 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana had to soak a second half pressure from their opponent to secure maximum points.
South Africa scored two goals in two minutes when Thulani Hlatshwayo converted a controversial penalty call to put the home side ahead in the 43rd minute.
The scoreline was doubled in the 45th minute as Thulani Serero’s strike could not be saved by goalkeeper Abdoulaye Diallo.
That score resulted to so much of pressure coming from the Senegalese with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Balde Diao Keita the worst tormentors.
South Africa resorted to soaking the pressure, doing more of defending. But the effort of the West African paid off in the 75th minute when Cheikh Ndoye slotted in to reduce the deficit after Itumeleng Khune had prevented earlier damages.
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Senegal continued piling the pressure as the game entered its final minutes but the Bafana Bafana would thank their stars to escape with three points and look forward to the return leg in October 2017.
South Africa now tops the group with four points after a draw with Burkina Faso in their first game. Burkina Faso and Cape Verde are yet to play their second game at the time of this report.
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