Angola held by Sudan

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In 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Jan 26th, 2012
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Sudan twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw with Angola in an entertaining African Cup of Nations Group B clash.

Manucho gave Angola an early lead after he capitalised on a mistake from Najm Eldin, but Mohamed Ahmed Bashir scored a deserved equaliser as Sudan hit the target at an African Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1976.

Manucho restored Angola’s lead from the penalty spot but Bashir again found the target in the 74th minute after a mistake in the Angola defence.

It means the fate of these teams will be decided in the final round of matches with Angola facing Ivory Coast and Sudan going head-to-head with Burkina Faso.

Angola, who now have four points from two matches, were unchanged from the side that beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in their opening game. For Sudan, goalkeeper Akram El Hadi replaced Mahgoub El Muz, while Muhannad Tahir came in for Amer Kamal in attack.

Manucho got Angola off to a perfect start as he scored after just five minutes. The Valladolid striker caught Eldin dwelling on the ball and drilled a low shot across Akram and inside the far post for his second goal of the tournament.

Sudan reacted well, however and Carlos Fernandes was forced into a smart diving save as he kept out Tahir’s well-struck effort from distance.

For all their possession, Sudan were finding clear cut chances hard to come by until their 33rd minute equaliser. Mudather El Tahir crossed from the right and Bashir got between Marco Airosa and Dani Massunguma to head past Carlos.

Bashir’s historic strike was a reward for their positive first-half performance.

At the other end Porto midfielder Djalma almost caught the Sudan defence napping but his shot was cleared off the line by Eldin after he had rounded Akram.

Angola were guilty of complacency in the first-half but they returned to the field with renewed vigour and quickly won a penalty when Djalma was brought down by Hamid Nizar in the area.

Manucho’s low left-footed effort just eluded Akram as the former Manchester United striker became the tournament’s top scorer with three goals.

Sudan were struggling to find their first-half rhythm but dreadful defending in the 74th minute gifted them their equaliser.

Jose Pierre Vunguidica had barely been on the field two minutes after replacing fellow substitute Nando Rafael when a lack of communication in the Angola defence led to him chesting the ball down in front of Bashir in the area. The Sudan attacker’s finish into the far left corner was emphatic.

Sudan were the more threatening in the final stages and another shot from Bashir was saved unconventionally by the feet of Carlos but neither side could find a winner and their fate will be decided in the final round of matches.

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