PRAIA, June 4 (Reuters) - Two quick goals put paid to any
hopes of a fairytale accession to the top of the World Cup
African zone Group Two standings for the Cape Verde Islands,
beaten 2-1 by South Africa in Praia on Saturday.
South Africa scored twice in the space of two minutes early
on to set the platform for their win, which puts them now five
points clear in the group on 15 points from seven games.
Benni McCarthy scored first after 11 minutes with a glancing
header from Delron Buckley's cross, surprisingly allowed plenty
of space in front of the Cape Verdian goal.
Then Buckley added the second within two minutes, hitting a
spectacular half volley with his left foot from a tight angle.
But South Africa, seeking to qualify for their third
successive World Cup finals, were kept on edge throughout by the
Cape Verdians, who started the game just two points behind in
second place and would have gone top had they won.
Substitute Mateus struck the crossbar midway through the
second half before Boavista's Cafu pulled one back for the
islanders with 12 minutes left, stabbing home from close range
after a superb bicycle kick pass from fellow striker Calo.
It was the first home defeat in the campaign for Cape Verde,
playing in only their second World Cup qualifying campaign.