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Africa 2010

Monday January 18th

Stale mates through

A goalless draw between Algeria and hosts Angola saw both teams through to the next round. An Algerian free-kick floated into the box in the 22nd minute fell to Bougherra in front of goal but Angolan keeper Carlos bravely blocked his effort. Three minutes into the 2nd half Bouazza got to the by line and drilled the ball across the face of goal but Matmour failed to connect. As it became apparent that a stalemate would suit both sides the referee's final whistle seemed to be the most eagerly awaited event of the match. (Angola 0 Algeria 0)

jamuana and ziani
Jamuana and Ziani go for the ball
Monday January 18th

Mali winners head home

Mali fell foul of the head-to-head rule and were eliminated despite winning their last match. A backpass to Sanudi resulted in him clearing the ball only as far as Kanoute who punished the Malawian keeper on the volley after only 36 seconds. A scorching free kick from Seydou Keita 2 minutes later arrowed into the top corner and will 3 minutes of the half remaining Bagayoko was free on goal but headed wide. Malawi pulled a goal back in the 58th minute after a scramble in the box the ball fell to Russell who swept it home, but in the 71st minute Russell missed a glorious chance, heading the ball down and over the empty goal from just 2 yards out. Five minutes from time Bagayoko knocked the ball down to Modibo who returned it for an easy header to seal a 3-1 win for Mali (Mali 3 Malawi 1)

Nyirenda gets down to cover ball

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