FT: Cape Verde 2 Angola 1

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That's it! What a result for the smallest nation ever to participate in the African Cup of Nations. True fairytale story here for Cape Verde.

Heldon has looked a threat ever since he was introduced at the start of the second half and he duly delivered with what could be the goal that sends the minnows through to the quarter-final. Epic stuff!

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Goal!!!!!!! Angola 1-2 Cape Verde!!! Heldon with the second!!!

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Yano on for Perolito for the Angolans.

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Yano again with a shot at goal with the same result as the previous one.

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Just over from Heldon with a free-kick on the edge of the area.

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Yano almost makes an immediate impact but his shot misses by mere inches.

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Cape Verde need another goal to finish as runners-up with just five minutes remaining.

It had to be Heldon as his corner is eventually turned in by Fernando Varela after a goal-mouth scramble.

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Goal!!! Angola 1-1 Cape Verde! Fernando Varela with the equaliser!!

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Geraldo on for Gilberto, who had a decent game down the left-flank for Angola.

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J. Tavares wastes a glorious chance as his header flies over the crossbar. Should really have done better from that range.

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Dangerous balls from Gilberto picks out Manucho but his effort is well wide. Not having his best game is the former Manchester United striker.

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Angola are on course to finish runners-up if the score remains as is, as South Africa have found an equaliser in their clash with Morocco.

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Fantastic chance for Cape Verde as substitute Djaniny latches onto the ball inside the penalty area, but his first touch lets him down and the defence recovers just in time.

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Only 20 minutes left for Cape Verde to find the two goals they need to make it to the quarter-finals.

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Heldon's dead-ball service is looking threatening as another one his his efforts is not dealt with by the Angolans leading to a corner-kick.

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Substitution for Angola as Dede comes on for Mateus

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Decent effort by Heldon from a free-kick on the edge of the box which the keeper spills, but thankfully for Angola it falls at the feet of a defender who clears the danger.

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Mateus does well under pressure to earn a free-kick on the left.

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Half an hour to go in this one and as things stand both teams are headed home from the tournament.

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Yellow card for Heldon for an unnecessary foul in the middle of the park.

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Free-kick by Djalma fails to trouble Vozinho in the in the Cape Verde goal.

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Long ball forward almost creates some difficulty for the Angolans, but J. Tavares nudges the defender resulting in a free kick the opposite way.

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End to end stuff here at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium with both teams not giving much thought to defending as they look for the victory that could secure them passage to the knockout stages.

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Manucho flagged offside as his shot cannons back off the post.

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Brilliant work from Djalma as he beats two defenders and sends a quality ball into the box, but Angola manage to clear their lines with ease.

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Cape Verde made two substitutions at the break with Toni Varela and Luis Platini going off and being replaced by Ramos Heldon and Jorge Djaniny.

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Goal-line clearance from Angola as Cape Verde come oh so close to an equaliser. Almost the perfect start to the second half.

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An early corner for the island nation is cleared for another corner which Babanco delivers.

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Cape Verde kick off the second half looking to get back into this game.

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The referee brings the half to a close with Angola good value for their 1-0 lead. Join me after the break for the second period.

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Seems Angola are looking to preserve their lead going into the break as Lama takes his time picking up a loose ball to waste a few more seconds.

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Babanco involved again as he tries the spectacular with a volley from just inside the Angolan half. Rather ambitious attempt by the full-back.

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Great save by Lama as Babanco fires in a shot from the edge of the area, but the keeper manages to turn it around the near post.

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Another chance for Cape Verde as Mendes delivers a deep cross which Platini fails to get on target. The score remains 1-0 to the Angolans.

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Almost an immediate response by the Cape Verde. A dangerous free kick is whipped in, but the header sails agonisingly wide.

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A fantastic ball in from Amaro from the left wing and Nando fails to deal with it, instead turning it into his own net. Unlucky for the long time captain.

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Goal!! Angola 1-0 Cape Verde!! Own goal Nando!!

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A coming together between Fernando Varela and Amaro doesn't lead to anything more than a talking to by the ref.

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Fixtures

Saturday, 17 January 2015
16:00
Equatorial Guinea v Congo  
19:00
Burkina v Gabon  
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
16:00
Burkina v Equatorial Guinea  
19:00
Congo v Gabon  
Sunday, 25 January 2015
18:00
Burkina v Congo  
Equatorial Guinea v Gabon  

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