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Algeria 0-2 Togo

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Adebayor: Opened the scoring

Adebayor: Opened the scoring

Goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Dove Wome for Togo kept their Africa Cup of Nations hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Algeria on Saturday.

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Algeria began the better of the two sides and were the constant aggressors in the opening stages of the match, Soufiane Feghouli causing the Togolese defence problems down the right.

However, Emanuel Adebayor opened the scoring on 32 minutes when he fired home with a smart finish after latching on to a Jonathan Ayite through pass to give the Sparrow Hawks the lead.

The Desert Foxes will feel hard done by having had a number of penalty shouts turned down by the referee in both halves but captain Mehdi Lacen was lucky he didn't see red for barging into the referee in protest over one of those appeals.

Although the Desert Foxes dominated the shots at goal for most of the game, they were unable to find a way past Agassa Kossi who didn't put a foot wrong in the Togolese goal.

A rather Bizarre incident in the closing moments meant there were 13 minutes of stoppage time added on after the final whistle.

Soufiane Feghouli went crashing into the goals after a corner and apparently damaged the goalposts, badly enough that several groundsmen were called in to replace them.

Following the resumption of play, Togo effectively ended the match as a contest when an excellent through ball from midfield played Dove Wome in on goal and he coolly finished to make it 2-0.

The result leaves Togo second in Group D with three points, ahead of Tunisia on goal difference, while Ivory Coast top the standings with six points, with Algeria bottom with zero points and one round of group matches remaining.

The Sparrow Hawks will fight Tunisia for the final qualifying spot in group D when they meet at the Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday.

Posted: 26/01/13 19:59

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