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Match report: Cape Verde beaten by Ghana in Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final

Posted: 2 February 2013 Time: 19:00

Cape Verde put in a courageous and spirited performance as they went down 2-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against Ghana.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah fielded an unchanged team, with Mubarek Wakaso failing to win his place back after suspension, although he came on at the start of the second half and opened the scoring through a penalty in the 53rd minute.

Cape Verde made two changes to their starting XI: Platini and Gege were dropped to the bench, while Heldon, who scored the goal to get the team to the knockout stages, and Nivaldo came in.

The Islanders put in a Herculean effort, especially in the second half, and although they had ‘nothing to lose’ going into the match, they could have won, and some will surely insist they should have.

The match took a while to get going, with both sides seemingly afraid of making a mistake.

Cape Verde had the first shot of the game, after a nice team move culminated in Babanco skying the ball way over the crossbar.

Heldon had a chance soon after, and should have put the Blue Sharks ahead. Marco Soares scuffed a shot on goal, and Julio Tavares squared to Heldon, who fired over the bar.

The match started to open up after that, and Heldon had another shot, this time from outside the box and closer than the first, a real let off for the Black Stars.

Half an hour in Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda had to be alert, after Tavares sent in a low cross from the left in a dangerous area, but the keeper managed to collect ahead of the onrushing Marco Soares.

The match went into the break 0-0, but the minnows had not shown an inkling on intimidation from Ghana.

10 minutes into the second half the Black Stars were awarded a penalty when Carlitos shoulder-charged Asamoah Gyan in the box. It was an extremely harsh decision from the referee, but Wakaso made no mistake from the spot, smashing the ball down the centre, while Cape Verde keeper Vozinha dove to his left.

Cape Verde immediately came back with a couple of close calls, the first falling to Heldon, who wasted another when he hit wide.

Substitute Platini had arguably Cape Verde’s chance of the match, but his shot was fingertipped around the post by Dauda.

Babanco followed that up with a few chances of his own, including a great free-kick that whizzed into the box, but the Cape Verdeans were unable to get onto the end of it.

Ghana had a rare chance of their own, when Wakaso blasted the ball over the box on the counter-attack.

The Black Stars came back into the match in the final minutes, pressing for a second, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Heldon came unbearably close for the Islanders in injury time, when his free-kick from outside the box headed for the top right corner, but Dauda saved for a corner.

From the resulting corner, the ball was cleared, and Ghana went on an audacious counter-attack. Cape Verde keeper Vozinha had gone up for the free-kick, and Wakaso beat defence in a sprint across the full length of the field, before hitting home to secure the result for the Black Stars.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:04 pm
Ghana was very lucky in this game, they were a much weaker side
posted: 07:06 pm
Problem Cape verde does not have goal scorers they should have one this game without any doubt,they out played Ghana for the most part of second half
posted: 07:08 pm
Cape Verde played good football, they could have won but unfortunately, they did not.
I duff my hat to this team and the sky would be there limit if they can continue like this.
Now is time to sit back, relax and watch the EAGLES of Mali devour Bafana.
Glory Reclaimed
posted: 07:14 pm
Ghana u were lucky today, good game Verde.
Naturena born killer
posted: 07:14 pm
Salute to Cape Verde, dey fought like soldiers.
posted: 07:17 pm
Cape verde played very wel
posted: 07:18 pm
Bye bye cape verde
Mali is knocking out banana banana
posted: 07:20 pm
@tame is that what you wish for, or uyasuza nje
posted: 07:21 pm
Shut up haters ,atleast the most important thing in football is winning not playn to the gallery @ anonymous southafrica cldn't beat them afterall.South afri a is going out today mark my words suckers
Mthuse The Undisputed DTC
posted: 07:22 pm
Tl tl tl tl ay tht Cabo Verde keeper killed me vandag lmao!
posted: 07:26 pm
Is going to a semis for the west africa.Group b is far far beta than A ,Mali will surely make west africa proud.Go Mali ,Go west africa
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 07:27 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

GHANA GOALKEEPER IS CLEARLY ON SONETHING ...by the look of the second goal celebration. ((Drug Test Please))
posted: 07:33 pm
@Anonymous it is not a wish, it is the fact that Mali will beat SA.
twentyone guns
posted: 07:33 pm
Where is that foolish boy who call himself commander AIDS???

Mali 1 south Africa 0
posted: 07:34 pm
They did it in 2002 and they will do it again.
posted: 07:38 pm
Indeed Ghana was lucky, but is luck not part of the Game? Zambia wldn't have won the cup; cape verde is a very strong team as put by the Ghana Coach before the Game that's why they are @ the QT final and the defending champions are not including Maroc, Ang, Alg, Tunisia, i mean big teams of that sort. Pls dnt write them off. Remember they held the grt Bafana......!
posted: 07:40 pm
Hahahaha @Yinka, our Keeper Saved us today. This is the first time I've seen Ghana Play Very Ugly. I don't know if the players were tired or something gosh. I'm even having a headache. I really Didn't enjoy this game as a Ghanaian.
sonny ****
posted: 08:03 pm
I can see Ghana in the final already
▌▌ Y1NKA ,¸¸,ø¤º°º¤ ᵀᴴᴱ'ᴼᴿᴵᴳᴵᴻᴬᴸ ╚ll╝
posted: 08:07 pm
▌▌✨Yiηkα ★....Oηє ℓσvє Nαιjα

posted: 08:09 pm
All that matters in football are goals not beautiful football.Ghana has won the game so you should give credit to the team and stop those backbitings.what beautiful football did Zambia played against Ghana at the semi-final last year but they were able to eliminate Ghana all because luck was on their side and also they were able to score.
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