Bafana Bafana held to a goalless Draw by Libya

Bafana Bafana held to a goalless Draw by Libya.

Bafana Bafana and Libya settled for a share of the spoils after a goalless draw in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, 08 September 2018 at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.

The match started on a high with Dean Furman nearly giving the hosts the lead with a lob after intercepting a ball near the box but it went over the top.

The Libyans registered their first effort too, as a run down the right by Al-Shadi led him to bringing down a ball in the box before firing at Itumeleng Khune, who saved easily.

Libya gave the South Africans another scare when Abdul Salam cracked the post from a cross-field delivery 15 minutes into the game.
Bafana failed to penetrate the Libyans and their next effort on goal came on 20 minutes as a corner from Vincent Pule was cleared off the line. 

On the 25th minutes, Khune was called to action once again when Ali Mohamed unleashed a 30-metre screamer with the former gathering at the second attempt.
Three minutes later, the hosts lived dangerously yet again when Salam got on the end of a low cross at the back post and unleashed a low curling shot which Khune dealt with well.

An isolated Percy Tau, leading the line and with a defender on his back turned from inside the box to take a low shot at goal to see out the first half dominated by the Knights.
The Libyans continued their threatening tactics in the 2nd half as they found another shot on target late on when misjudgment from Khune nearly played in dangerman Mohamed but the defence retrieved in time to stop the threat.

At the other end, Dolly missed a glaring opportunity after beating the offside trap when he shot over the bar from a long ball from Tau. In the final moments, chances appeared at both ends but neither side was able to finish them off and settled for a draw instead.

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