Morocco, Cape Verde share the spoils at AFCON 2013
Posted: 23 January 2013 Time: 22:10
Morocco and Cape Verde played out to a 1-1 draw at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday night to keep Group A wide open.
Luis Platini had given Cape Verde a first half lead, but second half substitute Youssef El-Arabi netted 12 minutes from time to secure a share of the spoils.
Cape Verde made most of the play in the first half and almost netted early on through Julio Tavares, but his header was tipped over the bar by Nadir Lamyaghri.
The Atlas Lions’ only real chance of the half came when goalkeeper Vozinha tipped Abderrahim Achchakir’s long-range shot around the post.
The impressive Ryan Mendes forced another sharp save from a free-kick, but Cape Verde finally got their first ever Nations Cup goal on 36 minutes – Platini expertly chipping the goalie after a sublime through-ball from Mendes.
Morocco finally got into the game after the break, but found it difficult to break down the resolute Blue Sharks defence.
However, their patience was finally rewarded on 78 minutes when El-Arabi slotted from 12 yards out after some great work down the right by Abdelaziz Barrada.
The result leaves South Africa top of Group A on four points following their 2-0 win against Angola, while Morocco and Cape Verde are level on two points apiece.