Angola 0-0 Algeria


A goalless draw in Luanda was enough to see hosts Angola and World Cup-bound Algeria through to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Madjid Bougherra and Ze Kalanga had the best chances of the first half

Angola finished top of Group A while Algeria took second thanks to their win over Mali earlier in the tournament.

Algeria’s best chances came from Madjid Bougherra, with a weak close-range effort, and Karim Matmour, who failed to connect in front of an open goal.

A Ze Kalanga free-kick tipped over the bar was the hosts’ best chance.

The draw was enough for Angola to win the group with five points, Algeria and Mali finished level on four points and Malawi were bottom on three.

Under the tournament regulations the head-to-head record between Algeria and Mali was used to decide who advances rather than goal difference – which would have seen the Eagles go through.

It was a cagey opening from both sides with very few chances in the opening 15 minutes.

Angola eventually managed to exert some pressure on the Algerian goal and Mabina’s long range effort from the left-hand side of the area curled just over the bar.

Algeria’s first chance was when Nadir Belhadj’s free-kick found its way to Madjid Bougherra whose weak shot from just two yards out was saved by Carlos Fernandes in the Angolan goal.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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