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Africa Cup of Nations 2013
South Africa

This year there will only be brief match descriptions plus a report on the final matches

Group A
Little Cape Verde hold hosts South Africa to a goalless draw.
Angola and Morocco complete a barren first day.

Double against Angola gives South Africa hope.
Cape Verde earn 1-1 draw with Morocco.

History-makers Cape Verde progress with 2-1 victory over Angola.
South Africa top group with 2-2 draw to send Morocco home.

Group B
DR Congo come from 2 down to share the spoils with Ghana.
Mali defeat Niger with single late goal.

Mali lose to Ghana spot kick.
DR Congo and Niger play goalless match.

Ghana in command with 3 goals against Niger.
Mali edge DR Congo out with 1-1 draw.

Group C
Ten Ethiopians draw 1-1 with champions Zambia
Burkina Faso earn 1-1 draw with last kick of the match against ten-man Nigeria.

Zambia keeper converts penalty for 1-1 draw against Nigeria.
Ten-man Burkina Faso put 4 past Ethiopia.

Group winners Burkina Faso end Zambia reign with goalless draw.
Moses double penalty against Ethiopia saves Nigeria.

Group D
Late goal gives Ivory Coast 2-1 win over Togo.
Algeria fall to last minute Tunisia strike.

Ivory Coast first through after 3-0 triumph over Tunisia.
Togo double knocks Algeria out.

Togo progress as Tunisia miss penalty in 1-1 draw.
Ivory Coast come from behind to share 4 goals with home-bound Algeria.

Quarter finals
Ghana double ends Cape Verde fairytale.
Hosts South Africa go out to Mali on penalties.
Nigeria 2-1 win eliminates Ivory Coast.
Extra-time goal takes Burkina Faso past Togo.

Semi finals

Super Eagles soar into final
Nigeria made easy work of Mali to reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 4-1 win. Echiejile stooped to meet a low Victor Moses cross with a diving header in the 25th minute and 5 minutes later Ideye Brown bundled another low cross past the Mali keeper at the near post. Just before the break Emenike's free-kick look a wicked deflection for the 3rd and Musa knocked the ball past the keeper for the 4th on the hour mark before Cheick Diarra swept home a consolation goal for Mali with 15 minutes to go.

Ghana run out of luck on penalties
Burkina Faso endured some controversial referring decisions before earning a place in the final on penalties. Shortly after the Burkinabe were denied a penalty Wakaso scored for Ghana from a soft 13th minute spot kick, but Bance stroked home an equaliser in the 60th minute to take the match to extra time where Burkina Faso had a goal disallowed and Pitroipa harshly sent off for diving in the box when a penalty would seem to have been the correct outcome. With Vorsah and Clotty having missed penalties in the shootout for Ghana, Daouda Diakite saved from Agyemang Badu to spark celebrations in Burkina Faso as they reach the final for the first time.

Mali third in Africa
For the second successive year Mali defeated Ghana in the third place play-off. Samassa found the corner of the Ghana net with a diving header in the 21st minute and 3 minutes after the break Samassa turned provider when he teed up Keita who doubled the lead from just outside the 6 yard area. Ten minutes later Wakaso fired his spot kick over the Mali crossbar, but Ghana reduced the deficit with 8 minutes to go when Asamoah's swerving shot caught Diakite short. In stoppage time a long ball took a bounce in the box where Diarra volleyed across goal into the far corner to seal bronze for Mali.

Nigeria claim African Cup

Johannesburg 10th February 2013

Nigeria 1 Burkina Faso 0
The Super Eagles won their 3rd Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso. The winner came 5 minutes before the interval when Sunday Mba clipped the ball over a defender and knocked it into the corner of the net. Stephen Keshi became only the second man to lift the trophy as a player and as a coach after Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary.

sunday mba
Mba celebrates winner

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