Ten-man Bafana hammer Angola
The match got off to the worst possible start for Shakes Mashaba as his team conceded an early goal.
JOHANNESBURG - An eventful match in Benguela saw four goals and a red card as South Africa walked away with a 3-1 win over Angola.
The match got off to the worst possible start for Shakes Mashaba as an early attempt was converted by Gerson as the hosts took a 1-0 lead inside two minutes.
The lead only last 13 minutes as South Africa struck back through Tokelo Rantie.
A calm finish from the striker saw him curl the ball into the left hand corner.
Bafana doubled that lead through Thamsanqa Gabuza. A wonderful assist from Mandla Masango put the striker in acres of space before he made no mistake with the finish.
Shakes Mashaba's men went on to control the rest of the half but failed to capitalise on the remaining opportunities as the score line remained 2-1 to the visitors going into the break.
Then in the 81st minute, Rantie was brought down in the box by goalkeeper Mario Hipolito. It was a tough call though as replays showed he did indeed win the ball.
Andile Jali stepped up and converted the chance, sending Hipolito the wrong way, but was shown a second yellow for provoking the home supporters, gesturing to them to keep quiet.
The decision means he will miss the return leg which takes place on Tuesday at Moses Mabhida Stadium.