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Home win sends hosts to top of group

OPENER: Siyabonga Sangweni celebrates his goal with teammates

After a poor showing in their first Group A game, the hosts South Africa gave their crowd something to shout about with a well earned 2-0 victory against Angola.

Siyabonga Sangweni broke the deadlock in the 30th minute, after a ball swung in from the right wasn’t properly dealt with by the Angolan defence. The South African defender volleyed home from an acute angle to give his nation the lead.

The second goal came in the 62nd minute when South African substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro brought down a long ball to dazzle Angola defender Bastos, and cheekily nutmeg past goalkeeper Lama.

The second group game saw a much tighter affair as Morocco were held to a 1-1 draw with Cape Verde. The underdogs took the lead just after the half hour mark when Platini made history by, scoring his country’s first ever goal in a major tournament.

Although the celebrations didn’t last as Morocco inevitably got the equaliser on 79 minutes. Substitute Youssef El-Arabi grabbed the goal after great work from Abdelaziz Barrada on the right wing.

South Africa lead the group with four points, Morocco and Cape Verde are joint second with two and Angola bring up the rear with just one point.

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