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Bafana, Paraguay share the spoils in Nelson Mandela Challenge clash

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 20:  Percy Tau of South Africa and Junior Alonso of Paraguay during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Paraguay at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 20, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 20: Percy Tau of South Africa and Junior Alonso of Paraguay during the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Paraguay at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 20, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Percy Tau scored in stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 friendly draw for South Africa against Paraguay in Durban on Tuesday to spoil Juan Carlos Osorio's first match in charge of the South Americans.

As it happened: Bafana Bafana v Paraguay 

Colombian Osorio, who took Mexico to the round of 16 at the World Cup in Russia this year before losing to Brazil, had looked set to make a winning start in his new job.

But Belgium-based Tau, who is fast developing into the star of the South African team, ran on to a Thulani Serero pass and dinked the ball over goalkeeper Antony Silva to equalise in the final moments.

Paraguay should have been more than one goal ahead at half-time at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean port city as they were denied twice by the woodwork.

The South Americans went ahead on 32 minutes when Federico Santander from Serie A outfit Bologna tapped the ball into the net after Darren Keet parried a Cecilio Dominguez cross.

"Wasting scoring chances cost us victory," Osorio said after a match staged in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 aged 95.

"South Africa were a strong physical team who posed problems for us and I learnt a great deal from my first match in charge of Paraguay."

Bafana-Bafana coach Stuart Baxter said his South African side faced aggressive, well-prepared opponents on a badly cut-up surface.

"It must have felt like going to school for many of my players, they are not used to facing the challenges created by a South American side.

"What pleased me was we never gave up as the clock increasingly became our enemy, and might have scored before Percy equalised."

Teams

Bafana Bafana XI: Keet, Madisha, Hlatshwayo, Maela, Mphahlele, Maboe, Mabunda, Mokoena, Pule, Mothiba, Tau.

Paraguay XI: Silva, Valdez, Balbuena, Alderete, Alonso, Ortiz, Rojas, Gonzalez, Dominiquez, Almiron, Santander.

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