AFCON 2015 Algeria 3-1 South Africa: Player Ratings

ALGERIA

Rais M’Bolhi 7

The award-winning-sofa-designer beard may have gone but his good form from the World Cup continues.

Aissa Mandi 4

Extremely fortunate to be on the pitch after his foul for the penalty.

Rafik Halliche 5

Exposed to pace and didn’t seem so composed.

Carl Medjani 5

Slightly more solid than his partner at centre-back but also troubled by South Africa’s pace.

Faouzi Ghoulam 7

Great power to outmuscle Manyisa and slam the ball past Keet.

Nabil Bentaleb 6

Established himself in the game in the latter stages as Algeria showed their quality.

Medhi Lacen 5

Not at his best, one of Algeria’s players troubled by South Africa’s pressing.

Riyad Mahrez 4

Surprisingly poor delivery from set pieces, poor tracking back when his team was under pressure.

Sofiane Feghouli 5

Marked out of the game by Matlaba, didn’t see much of the ball.

Yacine Brahimi 7

Remained diligent despite the bobbling pitch and Algeria being under the cosh, his cross led to the own goal equaliser.

Islam Slimani 6

Not at his workmanlike best, but got his goal in the end, albeit fortuitously.

Notable substitutions

Saphir Taider 6

Solid half hour appearance, helped Algeria regain control of midfield.

Ishak Belfodil 6

His height unsettled the South Africa backline though he still brings very little to the team.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Darren Keet 5

Commanding and confident at first, but should have done better for Slimani and Ghoulam’s goals late on.

Anele Ngcongca 6

Moved to the centre after Coetzee went off and didn’t disgrace himself.

Rivaldo Coetzee 6

Mature head on young shoulders, showed why he is held in high regard before being stretchered off early.

Thulani Hlatshwayo 5

Unlucky with the own goal, dealt with Slimani well in the first half.

Thabo Matlaba 7

Did the job of keeping Sofiane Feghouli out of the game but also meant his attacking duties were restricted.

Dean Furman 5

Swept midfield well before South Africa dwindled. Rattled the bar in the first half,

Oupa Manyisa 6

Lovely intricate passes for South Africa’s flowing attacking moves, but manhandled too easily for Ghoulam’s goal.

Thuso Phala 8

Tireless, lively performance from the winger, rounded off with the opening goal.

Andile Jali 7

Denied by M’Bolhi after a good run into the penalty area, some good passes from deep.

Sibusiso Vilakazi 6

A key cog in the attack, worked hard and was another who was denied by M’Bolhi.

Tokelo Rantie 5

His pace unsettled the Algerian centre-backs, will rue his penalty miss.

Notable substitutions

Siyabonga Nhlapo 6

Came on for Coetzee and did well, though was nowhere to be seen for Ghoulam’s goal.

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