Saturday, June 8, 2013

Sierra Leone 1 - Tunisia 1; Cape Verde 2 - Equatorial Guinea 1

Sierra Leone came back to the friendly confines of Freetown to face group leaders Tunisia.  With a victory, Tunisia would take the group crown.  Sierra Leone controlled the match before a raucous crowd for the first quarter hour, but the next twenty minutes belonged to the visitors.  However, the opening goal belonged to Sierra Leone when Kai Kamara delivered with just over five minutes left in the first period.  Sierra Leone led 1-0 at halftime.

Sierre Leone surrendered a penalty kick ten minutes into the first half due to miscommunication between goalkeeper Ibrahim Tarawallie and defender Ibrahim Kargbo.  Tarawallie feigned coming out, so Kargbo stopped playing the ball.  Fakhreddine Ben Youssef kicked the ball into the hand of the confused Kargbo, and Tunisia had a penalty.  Tunisia converted for 1-1.  Sierra Leone went ahead again off an unmarked diving header by Sheriff Suma.  Tunisia pressed hard for the equalizer over the final eighteen minutes.  In the final minute of the match, Ben Youssef toe poked a ball under his defender and somehow Tarawallie was unable to parry the weak shot aside.  Tunisia escape with a 2-2 draw.  The result eliminates Cape Verde from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Praia and the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde were at home to take on Equatorial Guinea.  Just beyond the quarter hour, the Blue Sharks had a lead.  A deep run down the left flank led to a ball that was laid off.  Babanco was there to blast the ball into the net and Cape Verde into the lead.  1-0 was the halftime score.

Djaniny latched onto a long through ball and run behind the Equatorial Guinean defense because unleashing a shot over the goalkeeper and into the net for the 2-0 lead.  The Nzalang immediately responded a minute later with a goal of their own.  Emilio Nsue laid a ball across the six-yard line and Jonatas Obina tapped home for 2-1. Neither team offered much the rest of the way, and Cape Verde win 2-1.

Tunisia 10 pts +4
S. Leone 5 pts 0
E. Guinea 4 pts -2
Cape Verde OUT

Sierra Leone
Kai Kamara 39
Alhassan Kamara 72

Oussama Darragi 55 PK (pictured, white)
Fakreddine Ben Youssef 90

Cape Verde
Babanco 17
Djaniny 53

Equatorial Guinea
Jonatas Obina 54

Match Reports:

Highlights: (Sierra Leone v. Tunisia) (Cape Verde v. Equatorial Guinea)

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