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DIAKITE INJURED IN MALI WIN

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09:58 4th February 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Mali make final four as Samba goes off injured...

SAMBA Diakite was forced off after 24 minutes in Mali’s Africa Cup of Nations victory against South Africa on Saturday.

The Rangers midfielder was substituted midway through the first half in Durban with an injury.

However, that did not stop his side from going on to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition following a penalty shoot-out win.

Bafana Bafana missed three of their spot-kicks, with Lehlohonolo Majoro shooting wide to give Mali victory.

The hosts had taken the lead in the first half, with striker Tokelo Rantie firing home from Thuso Phala's cross.

Mali captain Seydou Keita drew his side level, heading past South Africa keeper Itumeleng Khune from six yards.

After extra-time substitute Siphiwe Tshabalala scored his side's first spot-kick. But Furman, Mahlangu and Majoro all missed for South Africa, with Cheick Tidiane Diabate, Tamboura and Mahamane Traore all converting theirs to ensure Mali's progression to the last four.

Mali will now face Nigeria on Wednesday (3pm) in the final four of the cup competition.

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