Ethiopia came from a goal down to draw with Zambia in a Croup C Africa Cup of Nations match
Posted: 21 January 2013 Time: 18:57
Ethiopia came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Zambia in a Group C Africa Cup of Nations match at Mbombela Stadium on Monday evening.
Collins Mbesuma scored for Zambia and Adane Girma pulled a goal back for Ethiopia.
In the 25th minute Ethiopia were down to 10-men when they had goalkeeper Jemal Tassew sent off for a dangerous tackle.
Zambia started the match well when Stopilla Sunzu hammered a shot over the bar in the third minute.
The Ethiopians almost opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Saladin Said lobbed the ball over keeper Kennedy Mweene but the ball bounced off the pitch and over the bar.
In the 21st minute Chipolopolo captain Christopher Katongo came close when he headed wide from a Rainford Kalaba cross.
Then three minutes later the Ethiopians were awarded a penalty when Said was fouled in the box by Chisamba Lungu.
But Mweene dived to his left to parry the ball to safety and deny Said from scoring with his penalty-kick.
In the 31st minute Lungu ran onto a through-pass and lobbed the ball over the advancing keeper Jemal Tassew, only for his effort to go wide of the target.
However, the Zambian was caught late by Tassew and given a straight red card for his dangerous tackle.
Zambia scored on the stroke of half-time when Mbesuma collected a flick from Isaac Chansa on the edge of the area to score with a shot.
Ethiopia got the equalizer in the 65th minute when Said found Girma on the right, who beat Mweene with a powerful shot which brushed the inside of the near post.
Mbesuma thought he deserved a penalty in the 69th minute when he went down in the box from a challenge by Aynalem Hailu but was instead yellow-carded for simulation.
After a few more slight chances the match ended in a 1-1 draw.