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Cape Verde 2-1 Angola

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Platini: Helps make history

Platini: Helps make history

A 91st minute goal from Heldon proved decisive as Cape Verde defeated Angola 2-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Angola started the brighter of the two teams with Manucho and Gilberto both coming close to giving them the lead, but it was ultimately an own goal from Cape Verde captain 'Nando' Neves in the 33rd minute that handed Angola the advantage, the veteran inadvertently turning Amaro's cross past his own goalkeeper.

The Blue Sharks, participating in their first ever AFCON finals, almost responded immediately but Julio Tavares' header sailed just wide of Lama's goalpost.

Cape Verde continued to press the Angolans with substitute Heldon and the impressive Tavares causing constant havoc in the Sable Antelopes' penalty area, but it wasn't until the 82nd minutes that the pressure finally paid off as Heldon's corner was eventually nodded in by Fernando Varela.

The equaliser sparked some life into the Angolans who went close on a number of occasions before Heldon extinguished any slim chance they had of progressing from the group with a left-footed strike in injury-time that sealed the Angolans' fate.

Angolan goalkeeper Lama failed to hold on to a shot from Rambe and the ball fell kindly to the arriving Heldon, who duly obliged by firing in the winner.

With the other Group A match between South Africa and Morocco ending level, Cape Verde's victory saw them qualify for the knock-out stage as runners-up to the hosts.

Posted: 27/01/13 19:33

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