Amaglug-Glug produced a heroic performance in their Rio Olympics opener against hosts, Brazil on Thursday night.
The African visitors surprisingly actually dominated proceedings until a second yellow card on Mvala changed the game.
From then on SA understandably sat back, but held on with a solid defense to deny a Brazil team that failed to impress.
Weverton did well to deny Lebo Mothiba in the third minute; the Lille striker looked through on goal, but the Brazilian goalkeeper was alert to the danger, to save at the South African’s feet.
Mothiba should have rattled the back of the net in the 31st minute from a corner-kick. First to the ball with the Seleção goal-minder beaten, the forward failed to connect sufficiently as the ball bounced wide.
Khune was called upon in the 40th minute, as he produced another fine save to keep out Neymar’s volley from the edge of the area, as the sides entered the break with the score locked at 0-0.
South Africa created their first opening in the 54th minute when Dolly’s floated cross found Mothiba, who could only direct his header straight at Weverton.
Keagan Dolly was brilliant throughout, creating chances, dribbling and taking long range shots that threatened. However SA just lacked a finisher.
Then the game changed in the 59th minute. Mothobi Mvala, who had been having an impressive game in the heart of midfield up until a professional foul on Neymar in the 55th minute that earned him a booking, then mistimed a challenge four minutes later and was dismissed for a second yellow card.
Brazil pressed forward in search of the opener and should have gone a goal up 10 minutes later – Gabriel Jesus with an almost unbelievable miss.
Luan’s scuffed shot fell favoruable for the forward, but with the goal at his mercy the new Manchester City signing could only manage to hit the outside of the post.
The Brazilians pushed for a winner in the closing stages of the game, but the South African defence put in a superb shift to deny the hosts and claim a point in their opening game.