Last Updated: 02/02/13 9:23pm
It's heartbreak for the host nation as their Africa Cup of Nations adventure is over! Undiluted jubilation for Mali, who will face either the Ivory Coast or Nigeria in the last-four. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!
A corner at the death for Bafana now, but they can't make the most of it as the ball bounces around in the area before a foul on the Mali defence brings play to a halt. Meanwhile, there will be two minutes added on here at the end before we head to the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
It looks like Bafana will have to play the final few moments with 10 men as Letsholonyane remains down on the sidelines.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane is down on the floor and doesn't look keen to get up. He's put in a full shift this evening, but he's just got a couple more minutes to soldier through.
Cheick Diabate manages to drive into the area, but he gets a bit too fancy for his own good and simply concedes possession to Sangweni.
A corner at the other end now, but it's an equally disappointing delivery from Shabba and the defenders easily clear.
A corner for Mali causes chaos at the near post, with the ball falling kindly for Mahamane Traore, but he can only fire well over from a tight angle.
Siphiwe Tshabalala lines up the free-kick, but from a good 30 yards he's going to need something special to beat the keeper, but he produces quite the opposite and balloons the ball over the bar.
Yellow card for Mahamane Traore, but he's lucky it's not red after a karate-style flying kick on Masilela.
Chance for Mali now as the ball is pulled back to the edge of the area for Mahamane Traore, but the ball is just behind him and he can't get a proper connection, allowing the defence to lump the ball clear.
Tsepo Masilela refuses to leave the field of play to change his shirt after he got blood on it from that earlier knock, and he draws the wrath of the referee, who flashes a yellow card.
South Africa sitting very deep now, with only Majoro in the opposition half, but he's kept company by three defenders and isn't able to get onto any of the cleared balls.
Here we go again for the final 15 minutes of extra-time, with the dreaded penalty shoot-out awaiting these players if they cannot be separated.
The referee brings the first-half of extra-time to a close, and we'll have a quick water break before this game continues.
Tsepo Masilela took a blow to the mouth which draws blood, resulting in the additional time added on here.
Final change for Bafana coming now as Bernard Parker is injured and cannot continue, with Siphpiwe Tshabalala the man to replace him.
Mali have a corner here at the end of the first-half of extra-time, and no-one will want to be guilty of a mistake at this stage. The set-piece is a poor one though and the Bafana defenders can clear their lines.
Bafana press forward but can't seem to open any avenues as all 11 Mali players are behind the ball, but the host nation draw some boos from the fans now as they turn and play the ball all the way back to Khune.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane is just limping a bit, although Gordon Igesund does still have one more substitution available, and we might see that sooner rather than later.
Corner to South Africa now as they press up field, but the delivery is not a threatening one and the defenders can easily clear. The ball is hoofed back into the area, but there's two Bafana players in off-side positions and the linesman flags accordingly shoots up.
Both sides look cautious now as neither wants to make the mistake that could lead to a goal. Hopefully play will free up a little more as extra-time progresses, otherwise it's down to the lottery of the penalty shoot-out.
A free-kick for Mali puts South African hearts in mouths, but Khune just does enough to get a glove on the ball to send the delivery behind. The resulting corner causes as much havoc, but Bafana come out with possession and break on the counter, but Mahlangu's low drive is straight at the keeper.
Lehlohonolo Majoro goes down in the area rather theatrically, and he's not fooling the referee with that one, and picks up a yellow card for diving.
Bafana pressing for a winner now, but Lehlohonolo Majoro is off-side and a few more seconds tick down.
Serero's first contributions to the game are to lose possession, and then concede a foul after tracking back in an attempt to win the ball back. The set-piece is pumped into the area, but the Bafana defenders can deal with it easily. The fourth official raises his board on the sidelines and shows there are four minutes of added time to be played.
Mali have a free-kick in a dangerous area out wide, but Khune gets a good punch on the ball to ease the pressure on his goal. Meanwhile, a change for Bafana, with Thuso Phala making way for Thulani Serero.
Third and final throw of the dice for Mali now as Cheick Diabate comes on in place of Mahamadou Samassa, who has run his socks off this evening.
Great piece of defending from Siyabonga Sangweni now as he tracks the run of Mahamadou Samassa to a tee to just get to the ball ahead of the attacker and help ease a dangerous move.
We're into the final five minutes of normal time Moses Mabhida Stadium, and is there to be some late drama, or are we headed to extra-time?
A dangerous ball into the Mali area is missed by Letsholonyane, while it also catches Majoro unawares as he can only watch the ball bounce off his hip and away from the danger area.
May Mahlangu lets fly from the edge of the area, but the goalkeeper is well placed at the near-post and gets down to make a comfortable save in the end.
Tsepo Masilela looks to whip one into the area, but his delivery is far too close to the goalkeeper who snatches the ball out of the air.
We'll have a break in play now as Thuso Phala needs some treatment after being on the receiving end of a crunching challenge from Adama Tamboura.
There looks to be some tired legs out there now as a number of passes go astray in the middle of the park. Fifteen minutes remaining in this one, and as it stands we're heading towards extra-time.
Parker is almost played in with a ball over the top, but Adama Coulibaly does well to get their ahead of the striker to help usher the ball back to his goalkeeper.
A little bit of argy-bargy now as Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Seydou Keita tangle in the midfield, but the referee's quick to stamp out any trouble and gets play back under way.
Dean Furman has had a rather quiet evening for Bafana, and he underlines that now with a woeful delivery which Majoro is unable to keep in play.
Samba Sow becomes the first Mali player to go into the referee's notebook, and no one can say he doesn't deserve it after crunching the ankle of Bernard Parker with a studs-up challenge.
Bafana threaten now with a flowing move, but Mahlangu's final ball is overcooked and Majoro can't get to it in time.
The delivery isn't a bad one, but Mali easily deal with it and quickly break on the counter. South Africa are just as quick to track back though and eventually crowd Sigamary Diarra out of possession.
Bafana have a free-kick now as Adama Tamboura bundles Thuso Phala over from behind. Phala brushes himself off to take the set-piece, but the Mali defence do enough to put the ball behind for a corner.
Good save from Khune now as he makes himself big to thwart Mahamadou Samassa from close range after he had been gifted possession on the edge of the Bafana area. The resulting corner is also dealt with, but not before some hairy moments as the ball bounced awkwardly in the area.
Mali have not threatened much this evening, but they've just found an equaliser as Mahamadou Samassa curled the ball into the area, and a completely flat-footed Bafana defence allows Seydou Keita to run through unchallenged to head home off Itumeleng Khune.
Bafana look to be in now as Reneilwe Letsholonyane plays a wonderful ball through to release Lehlohonolo Majoro, but he's quickly closed down by goalkeeper and defender and can't get his shot off.
This time the ball is whipped into the area, but none of the Bafana players jump in the area and the defence easily clears.
Corner to South Africa now as they continue to enjoy most of the possession. The set-piece is played short but Keita nips in and plays the ball behind for another corner.
Another clash of heads now as Bernard Parker collides with Seydou Keita, but it's not too serious and both are quickly back to the business of football.
I've just been told the yellow card shown to Thuso Phala at the end of the first-half has been rescinded.
The referee brings a close to the first-half, with Tokelo Rantie's 31st minute strike the difference between the sides. It promises to be an equally thrilling second period, so join me after the break to find out how this one will end.
Thuso Phala becomes the third South Africa to be show yellow after blocking off the path of Sigamary Diarra. However, there's a bit of controversy surrounding it as the Mali man had been in an off-side position, although the referee hadn't seen it until after he had booked the player.
The delivery isn't too bad, but Molla Wague can't make a proper connection and sends his header wide.
Meanwhile, the fourth official shows there will be three minutes of first-half stoppage time. Meanwhile, Dean Furman makes a vital connection on the ball to divert its path from goal, although Mali now have a corner...
Bafana break again and Letsholonyane looks set to unleash after being set up on the edge of the area, but a double challenge from the Mali defenders thwarts the midfielder's passage to goal.
Samba Sow's really got to to better there as he's teed up on the edge of the area with acres of space, but he fires his shot miles over the crossbar, when really he should have at least tested Itumeleng Khune in goal.
The striker left the field of play with a yellow card in tow after wasting a bit of time by standing stationary by the touch line.
Looks likje Bafana might be forced into a change of their own now, with Tokelo Rantie limping on the field while Lehlohonolo Majoro is sent out to warm up.
Bafana have another chance from a set-piece as Dean Furman is fouled, but this time the ball into the area is lacking and won't threaten the Mali goal.
The delivery from Tsepo Masilela is a really dangerous one, but no-one in a Bafana shirt can get on the end of it and the defenders are able to clear.
First blood to Bafana. Two players are down in the centre circle after clashing heads, although the referee waves play on and South Africa break, with May Mahlangu feeding Thuso Phala, whose mis-kicked effort falls perfectly for Tokelo Rantie, who sweeps home into an empty net.
Adama Tamboura picks up the ball on the half-way line and runs through at goal before clipping the ball into the area, and although it looked like he intended to cross, the ball swerved dangerously towards goal, although a diving Khune was relieved to see the ball sail just over the crossbar.
The chances are starting to tot up for Bafana now, but they seem hesitant when asked to pull the trigger, and when the ball eventually falls kindly for Parker, he snatches at his shot and fires down into the ground, taking the sting out of the effort and allowing the defence to clear.
A forced change early on for Mali now as Samba Diakite picked up an injury and needs to be replaced by Sigamary Diarra.
First caution of the night goes to Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo, who pulls Modibo Maiga to the ground when he looked to break on the counter attack.
Vital save from Soumaila Diakite as he comes off his line quickly to close down the angle after Tokelo Rantie had got in behind the defenders.
Mahamadou Samassa looks dangerous when in possession on the left, but there's no Mali player on the end his delivery into the area and Khune can come and collect the loose ball.
Seydou Keita curls the set-piece into the area, but Adama Coulibaly's header is well wide of the mark and South Africa can clear their lines.
Mali have the first corner of the game now as Samba Sow drives into the Bafana area, only to be dispossessed by Thuso Phala...
Rantie is proving a real threat in the opening stages, and it takes some equally impressive pace from Adama Tamboura to keep track of the forward's driving run to win his side possession.
Two really good chances for Bafana now, with Mahlangu first breaking down the wing and pulling the ball back for Reneilwe Letsholonyane, but he dawdles in possession and a good shooting opportunity is closed down. Moments later they attack down the other side, with Thuso Phala whipping in a devilish delivery, but Mahlangu can't make a proper connection with his head and sends the ball wide.
We'll have a break in play now following a collision of heads, with Samba Diakite and Tsepo Masilela the men left in heaps on the floor. They'll both be okay to carry on though.
Mali have a shot at goal now as Seydou Keita unleashes a blistering effort on the half-volley, but the ball is always rising and doesn't trouble Itumeleng Khune.
Rantie shows bags of pace to burst down the wing before cutting into the area, but he goes down far too easily after apparently being tugged and is lucky to not be booked for simulation.
Bernard Parker gets off the first shot of the match, but it's instantly closed down and a good flowing move comes to an end.
Mali break down the wing through Samba Diakite, but he's robbed of possession by May Mahlangu, although the Bafana man plays the ball out of touch when trying to push past his marker.
Mali see most of the ball in the opening minutes, but Bafana win it in midfield and Tokelo Rantie looks to play the ball past his man and run onto his own pass, but he plays his effort into the defender who is grateful to get a foot on the ball.
The SA national anthem comes to an end, and the 80,000 or so fans inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium erupt in a chorus of cheers and vuvuzela blowing. The supporters are really up for this one, so lets hope the players are too.
The two sets of players are out on the field and the national anthems are under way, starting with that of Mali's.
For Mali, goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa is suspended, meaning Soumbeyla Diakite comes in between the sticks in the only change to the side that drew against the Democratic Republic of Congo in the final Group B encounter in midweek.
So, South Africa must do without the injured Lehlohonolo Majoro, while Katlego Mphela is dropped from the starting XI in favour of Reneilwe Letsholonyane. Siboniso Gaxa also gets his chance to impress from the start as he replaces the suspended Anele Ngcongca.
Bafana: Khune, Gaxa, Masilela, Letsholonyane, Khumalo, Furman, Parker, Phala, Mahlangu, Sangweni, Rantie
We'll take a look at the team sheets shortly, but why not drop me a line at email@example.com to share your thoughts or predictions for tonight's encounter.
South Africa, AFCON 2013 host nation, previously met Mali at the same stage of the 2002 installment, although it is a match the Boys would rather forget after they went down 2-0, with only Seydou Keita and Adama Coulibaly surviving members of that Mali team.
Ghana already booked their place in the semi-finals after seeing off battling minnows Cape Verde in the day's earlier last-eight tie, but who do you expect to join them from tonight's encounter? Sky Bet have South Africa at 11/8 for the win, while a Mali victory will fetch you 11/5. A draw, which will lead to extra-time, and maybe even penalties, is at 2/1. Good luck!
Bafana Bafana booked their place in the last-eight as winners of Group A, having earned a 2-2 draw in their final first-round clash against Morocco in midweek, setting up tonight's clash against Mali, who were the runners-up in Group B.