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Algeria come from behind to beat South Africa in Africa Cup of Nations

• Algeria 3-1 South Africa
• Tokelo Rantie missed penalty for South Africa when his side was 1-0 up

Algeria came from behind to begin their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with victory over South Africa. After a goalless first half Thuso Phala gave South Africa the lead but his team-mate Tokelo Rantie missed a penalty and Thulani Hlatshwayo’s own-goal levelled the scores. Faouzi Ghoulam and Islam Slimani then took their side to victory, leaving them level with Senegal – who beat Ghana 2-1 – at the top of Group C.

The first half was a quiet and goalless affair, though Sofiane Feghouli’s header tested the South Africa keeper, Darren Keet. At the other end Rantie’s pace twice got him in behind the Algeria defence but he was unable to take advantage. Dean Furman went closest before the break, his 25-yard blast tipped on to the crossbar by the Algerian goalkeeper, Rais M’Bolhi.

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