Cape Verde beat Angola 2-1 in Port Elizabeth
Posted: 27 January 2013 Time: 21:29
Heldon scored a last-minute goal as Cape Verde Islands beat Angola 2-1 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
The Blue Sharks looked dead and buried after captain Nando put the ball past his own goalkeeper in the first half, but late goals from Fernando Varela and then Heldon ensured a great comeback – and a spot in the quarters.
Angola started well and after Manucho’s early header flashed wide, they took the lead on 33 minutes when Nando sliced into his own net trying to keep out Gilberto’s cross – their first goal of the tournament.
Cape Verde came back strongly though, with Julio Tavares’ flicked header sailing just wide, before Angola goalie Lama saved well from Platini.
The pressure continued after the break, with Manucho Dinis first clearing Tavares’ header off the line, before Lama denied second half substitute Heldon’s free-kick.
But just when Angola thought they had done enough for the three points, Varela popped up to scramble home from a corner-kick with just 10 minutes remaining.
And it was to get worse for the southern Africans when Heldon fired home with a fierce left-footed shot which sent the Islanders through to the next round, second only to South Africa on goal-difference.