South Africa thrashed
This post was created on March 27, 2002
Georgia 4 South Africa 1
Tbilisi, Georgia – Georgia, which failed to qualify for the World Cup finals, dominated for much of the match. The home side scored first in the 13th minute on a penalty kick by Levan Kobiashvili after Lokomotiv Moscow striker Demetradze was knocked down in the penalty area.
South Africa was reduced to 10 men after 25 minutes of play when midfielder MacBerth Sibaya was sent off after he tackled Alexander Amisulashvili and then kicked him roughly in a squabble.
Georgia went up 2-0 in the 32nd minute, when Temuri Ketsbaya dribbled through three South African players on the right flank, entered the penalty box and sent a pass to Demetradze, who lobbed the ball over goalie Hans Vonk.
South Africa was reduced to nine men 10 minutes into the second half, after defender Thabang Molefe was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Kobiashvili.
With 22 minutes left to play, South Africa narrowed the margin to 2-1 on a powerful shot from 20 meters out by second-half substitute Delron Buckley that caught Georgian goalkeeper David Gvaramadze by surprise.
Rati Aleksidze, who came in for Alexander Iashvili in the 80th minute, headed in a pass from Demetradze four minutes later to make it 3-1.
Georgia’s final goal came four minutes before the final whistle, when Demetradze made a solo drive down the left flank to beat Vonk into the right corner.
South Africa will play against Spain, Slovenia and Paraguay in the first round of the World Cup, held in Japan and South Korea from May 31-June 30.