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Afcon: Algeria 0 Togo 2

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 26 Jan 2013


Togo ended Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign on Saturday, posting a 2-0 win in their Group D clash in Phokeng.

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark, and Dove Wome finally sealed matters in second-half stoppage time, after the fourth official had signalled 13 minutes of added time to allow for a delay in fixing a goal post.

The defeat leaves Algeria bottom of Group D with no points after two matches following a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in their first outing, and they become the first team to be eliminated from the tournament.

They play Ivory Coast in their final group game, after the Elephants booked their spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 triumph over Tunisia earlier on Saturday.

Togo clash with Tunisia on Wednesday, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the knockout phase.

Algeria, the 1990 champions, created a lot of chances in the first 20 minutes but Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa rose to the challenge.

Players like Sofiane Feghouli, Mehdi Lacen and Islam Slimani were all involved in goal scoring opportunities for Algeria, but Agassa was equal to them all.

Togo captain Adebayor was also played through on a few occasions in the first 25 minutes but failed to hit the back of the net.

But the Spurs marksman was on target for Togo in the 31st minute after latching on to a through ball to beat Rais M’Bolhi in the Algeria goal.

A few minutes later, and Slimani came across a perfect opportunity to draw parity but Agassa’s resilience between the posts prevented the 24-year-old from planting the ball in the back of the net.

Togo, who have not qualified beyond the group stage in their last six AFCON outings, managed to survive several Algerian onslaughts to see out the first half.

Valid Halilhodzic’s men continued to mount pressure on their west African opponents but they still struggled to fashion clear-cut chances.

The match had to be halted for a lengthy spell late on after the referee spotted a fault with the Togolese goal post, and the fourth official signalled 13 minutes of time to be added on.

The Algerians were hoping to reply in the dying minutes but instead they were on the receiving end again.

Against the run of play, substitute Dove Wome put the result beyond doubt with a neat finish in the 94th minute.


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