Saturday, June 15, 2013

Cape Verde 1 - Sierra Leone 0

Praia was the scene for Sierra Leone's visit to Cape Verde.  Already-eliminated Cape Verde looked the better team from the opening whistle, and they were rewarded for their efforts after a dozen minutes.  Sierra Leone centerback Mustapha Dumbuya tried to do an overhead clearance, but instead he left a jump ball inside his own box.  Heldon Ramos (pictured, blue) won the header against the goalkeeper, and his shot bounced safely into the goal.  The blow awakened the visitors, and they had much more impetus to go forward, but no other goals were to be had in the first half as Cape Verde went into the break with a 1-0 lead to protect.

Cape Verde were sitting back looking onto to hit on the counterattack.  They sprung a two-on-one break that ended with Julio Tavares on goal with only the keeper to beat, but his shot somehow missed the target.  Sierra Leone put together some decent offensive pressure, but nothing too troubling in the end.  The Blue Sharks saw the shutout through to completion.  The 1-0 win lifts Cape Verde into second place in Group B, and it also means that Sierra Leone join them amongst the ranks of the teams eliminated from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Tunisia 10 pts +4
Cape Verde OUT
Sierra Leone OUT
E. Guinea 4 pts -2

Cape Verde
Heldon Ramos 12 (pictured, blue)

Match Reports:


No comments: