Afcon: Cape Verde through to quarters

2013-01-27 23:09

Goal of the match: Ramos Helden’s stoppage time cracker. Angola’s clearance of two Cape Verde attempts off the line early in the second half.

Cape Verde upset the odds in Group A to make a quarterfinal qualification at their first attempt in the Africa Cup of Nations.

For at least until the closing 10 minutes it seemed as if Angola had gone through – especially after Morocco took the lead on two occasions at the match played in Durban at the same time.

But a stoppage time goal by Ramos Helden sealed a historic place in the quarterfinals for the men from the island of a population of half a million.

Defender Fernando Varela headed in the equaliser in the 81st minute before Helden netted nine minutes later.

Cape Verde advance as the runners-up of the group and will meet Group B winners, possibly Ghana, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.

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