Ghana and Mali progress

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 22:43 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the African Cup of Nations, where Ghana and Mali progressed to the semi-finals.

Soumaila Diakite: Mali's hero
Soumaila Diakite: Mali's hero

Soumaila Diakite was the hero for Mali after saving two penalties in their 3-1 shootout win over hosts South Africa to help his side progress to the African Nations Cup semi-final.

Tokelo Rantie had given South Africa the lead on 31 minutes at the Moses Mabhida Stadium before Seydou Keita equalised 12 minutes into the second period.

Neither side could create any more meaningful opportunities in the 90 minutes and following a dull 30 minutes of extra time, the game went to spot kicks after a 1-1 draw.

Mali converted all their penalties, while Diakite saved from Dean Furman and May Mahlangu before Lehlohonolo Majoro shot woefully wide as Gordon Igesund's side crashed out.

Ghana booked their place in the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup with victory over Cape Verde in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Substitute Mubarak Wakaso bagged both goals in the second half, the first from the penalty spot and the second a finish into an empty net after Cape Verde goalkeeper Josimar Vozinha had gone up for a corner in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Ghana were indebted to eccentric goalkeeper Fatau Dauda for a wonderful save in the final 10 minutes that preserved their lead as Cape Verde's impressive debut in the finals of the continental competition came to an end.

Next up for the Black Stars is a meeting with Burkina Faso or Togo in the last four.

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