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Morocco-South Africa: Hakimi misses a penalty, the aggressiveness of Bafana Bafana... the tops and the flops


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Morocco-South Africa: Hakimi misses a penalty, the aggressiveness of Bafana Bafana... the tops and the flops


Like most attackers on the pitch, the South African number 9 was discreet during the majority of the match. But when his team needed him, he stepped up at the right time. At the hour mark and while the Atlas Lions were regaining momentum, Evidence Makgopa was found between the lines of the opposing defense. The striker swallowed the space that Saïss left him, and took the ball in front of Bono, before beating him. It was the only opportunity the scorer had but it was enough to put Bafana Bafana on the path to qualification. That’s all we ask of an attacker.

Whether in rugby or football, South Africa remains South Africa. The Hugo Bross players knew they were going to have to impose a significant physical challenge on their opponent and they did it brilliantly. Very aggressive, the 'Sud-Afs' did not pretend to engage in the duels, as evidenced by the yellow cards received by defenders Modiba and Kekana. Facing a team that likes to touch the ball, and even a little too much, they showed personality and courage, to make life difficult for their opponents, like Teboho Mokoena, scorer and man of the match. The Springboks/Bafana Bafana ate Atlas Lion.


Often impeccable in important moments of the Moroccan selection, Achraf Hakimi was, this time, completely missed. The Parisian was sure of himself when taking the penalty for hope 5 minutes from time. But obviously, the pressure was too strong and the full-back hit the air very hard. Williams was beaten but the ball hit the crossbar. Hakimi was exemplary throughout the competition, but football is cruel. The image that will emerge from its CAN will be for years this decisive miss against South Africa.

Placed on the right side of the attack in the absence of Ziyech, the Bayer Leverkusen player alternated between good and bad. Despite his few flashes on his lane, the young winger lacked cutting edge when he made the difference. Like on this beautiful solo a few minutes before half-time, which ended up going out of goal due to lack of lucidity. Overall, he knew how to be dangerous but was not fair enough in the last gesture. Which cost him a change at the hour mark.

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