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Seychelles 0 Zimbabwe 1 – As it happened

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Catch our blow-by-blow coverage of the COSAFA Cup 2015 Group A clash as Seychelles lost 1-0 to Zimbabwe at the Moruleng Stadium.


Seychelles XI: Jose Euphrasie, Yannick Manoo, Ronny Hoareau, Benoit Marie, Jones Joubert, Senky Vidot, Bertrand Esther, Brian Dorby, Colin Esther, Karl Hall, Gervais Waye-Hive.



Zimbabwe XI: George Chigova, Thomas Magorimbo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Partson Jaure, Danny Phiri, Evans Rusike, Carlos Rusere, Ralf Kawondera, Ronald Chitiyo, Raphael Manuvire, Talent Chawapiwa

Referee: Pritchard Nhleko (Swaziland); First Assistant: Souru Phatsoane (Lesotho); Second Assistant: Arsenio Marengula (Mozambique); Fourth Official: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)

– Zimbabwe coach Saul Chaminuka has made just one change to the team that beat Mauritius 2-0 in their first match with striker Pritchard Mphelele, who was injured against Club M, making way for Talent Chawapihwa.

– Seychelles also making just one tactical change from the side that fought a 0-0 draw against Namibia with midfielder Rashim Kiren Padayach being relegated to the bench and defender Benoit Marie being elevated into the starting line-up.

FinalWhistle_LiveScore 1′ – We are under way in the first half!

ShotWide_LiveScore 2′ – Seychelles catching Zimbabwe on a break as tall striker Hall races clear on goal but his shot is too tame to worry goalkeeper Chigova.

Injury_LiveScore 4′ – Play briefly halted after a clash between Zimbabwe captain Phiri and Hall.

ShotWide_LiveScore 7′ – Zimbabwe make their first attempt on goal with Manuvire shooting from the right flank.

ShotWide_LiveScore 11′ – Chawaphiwa makes a strong run on the right channel for Zimbabwe but his cross finds no support with only the red shirts of Seychelles in the box.

ShotWide_LiveScore 13′ – Seychelles playing with a lone striker come on a counter-attack but Hall shoots wide.

ShotWide_LiveScore 14′ – Seychelles defender Horareau miscues his clearance from a Chawaphiwa cross but his goalkeeper is alert to the danger.

ShotWide_LiveScore 16′ – Foul 20-metres out as Rusike is brought down and Phiri’s free-kick for Zimbabwe is straight at the goalkeeper.

corner 22′ – First corner of the game goes Zimbabwe’s way and is cleared.

ShotWide_LiveScore 26′ – Chawaphiwa is denied by the post from a rising shot on the right! So close for Zimbabwe!

ShotWide_LiveScore 28′ – Seychelles playing an ultra-defensive game deploying nine-men behind the ball and the tactic is working too frustrate the Zimbabwe forwards.

ShotWide_LiveScore 30′ – Zimbabwe attack from the left through Chawaphiwa, but Manuvire’s spectacular header misses the target.

ShotWide_LiveScore 34′ – Manuvire shoots on the run from the middle for Zimbabwe and forces the goalkeeper to make a double save.

ShotWide_LiveScore 36′ – Chitiyo heads over the bar from a cross by Rusike.

corner 41′ – Zimbabwe get their third corner of the game which is easily dealt with by the Seychelles defenders.

ShotWide_LiveScore 43′ – Zvirekwi takes a free-kick straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Halftime_LiveScore HALFTIME – No goals in the first half, Zimbabwe did all the attacking but Seychelles put men behind the ball and defended stoutly! 0-0.

FinalWhistle_LiveScore 46′ – We are back under way for the second half!

ShotWide_LiveScore 51′ – Chitiyo’s snap-shot from the edge of the box goes over the bar.

Goal_LiveScore 53′ – GOAL! Zimbabwe grab the lead with a stunner from Chawaphiwa, who drills the ball home from 35-yards!

ShotWide_LiveScore 55′ – Zimbabwe goalkeeper Chigova called into action for only the second time as he deals with an attempt by Seychelles midfielder Vidot.

ShotWide_LiveScore 59′ – Seychelles attack with Colin Esther, whose shot goes wide from the left.

Sub_LiveScore 62′ – Seychelles sub: Our third ‘Esther‘ comes on the pitch in the form of Renick, who replaces Waye-Hive.

ShotWide_LiveScore 64′ – Manuvire forces a great save from Euphrasie as he shoots on the turn!

Sub_LiveScore 68′ – Zimbabwe sub: Tatenda Mudehwe comes on for Rusere.

Sub_LiveScore 70′ – Seychelles sub: Achille Henriette comes on for Hall.

Sub_LiveScore 75′ – Seychelles sub: Marvin Mathiot comes on for Vidot.

ShotWide_LiveScore 76′ – Marie clears a looping cross from Rusike with the Seychelles goalkeeper beaten.

ShotWide_LiveScore 81′ – Chawaphiwa blazes over the bar from outside the box.

Sub_LiveScore 85′ – Zimbabwe sub: Injured goalscorer Chawaphiwa is replaced by Genti.

ShotWide_LiveScore 88′ – Jaure brings down Henriette but the Seychelles substitute directs his free-kick high and wide.

Sub_LiveScore 89’ – Zimbabwe sub: Zimbabwe bring on Tichaona Chipunza for Chitiyo.

FinalWhistle_LiveScore 90+3′ – Zimbabwe grab a deserved win against a brave Seychelles side and make it two wins from two at the COSAFA Cup 2015!


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