The South African men’s Olympic team lost 1-0 Denmark in their second match of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Sunday at Mane Garrancha Stadium in Brasilia.
Denmark created the first chance of the match after three minutes when Fredrik Borsting got down the right-hand side to the byline and cut the ball back to Emil Larsen, who dragged his shot wide.
South African carved out their first clear-cut opening in the seventh minute, as Keagan Dolly and Gift Motupa combined, before the latter forced Jeppe Hojbjerg into a stunning one-hand save from 12-yards out.
The South African defence was caught napping in the 21st minute, but somehow an unmarked Jens Jonsson headed the ball just over the crossbar.
Vibe tried his luck again in the 36th minute but again Khune was equal to the task.
Three minutes later, SA captain Keagan Dolly made a great run and his long-range shot could only rattle the woodwork – for the second time in the game.
Owen da Gama’s side bossed possession at the start of the second half without creating many openings before Denmark took the lead in the 69th minute. Substitutes Jacon Bruun Larsen and Robert Skov ran through the middle, unnopposed by either Erick Mathoho or Rivaldo Coetzee, who had played them onside, before Bruun Larsen cut the ball back to Skov to sweep home.
Motupa had a chance to restore parity for South Africa from a free-kick situation with 15 minutes to play, but he was denied by Hojbjerg.
Dolly had several chances to equalise but it was just not to be his day, just striking wide from outside a crowded box.
South Africa will play Iraq on Wednesday, 10 August, in a must-win clash to keep alive any hopes of progressing to the next round.