African Nations Cup

January 26, 2013



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Group D

18:00 +00:00, January 26, 2013

Royal Bafokeng Stadium, South Africa

Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza

Adebayor strikes to eliminate Algeria

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Emmanuel Adebayor's first-half goal and a stoppage-time clincher from substitute Dove Wome earned Togo their first win of the 2013 African Nations Cup and sent Algeria tumbling out of the competition.

Both teams headed into the encounter at Rustenburg's Royal Bafokeng Stadium having lost their opening Group D games, and it was Didier Six's side who kept alive their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Adebayor opened the scoring against the run of play in the 32nd minute and, during the early stages of the 13 minutes' stoppage time which were added after play was halted due to the frame of the goal being knocked out of line, Wome sealed matters.

Islam Slimani had half a sight of goal for Algeria in the 14th minute but lashed his right-footed shot wide.

Kossi Agassa had to be alert midway through the first half, the Togo goalkeeper flying through the air to divert Adlene Guedioura's header around the post, and then getting down well to keep out Mehdi Lacen's deflected volley from the resulting corner.

Algeria were having the better of the chances but were unable to find the breakthrough, and Adebayor showed them how it was done just after the half-hour.

The Tottenham frontman was afforded too much space as he latched onto Moustapha Salifou's header and coolly slotted a right-footed finish low past Rais M'Bolhi.

Slimani should have equalised nine minutes before the break but Agassa again got his body in the way to ensure Togo went in ahead at the interval.

Algeria had two decent penalty shouts within 15 minutes of the restart, for challenges on Sofiane Feghouli and Slimani, but both were waved away by the referee.

Agassa did well to keep out a powerful effort from Guedioura in the 74th minute and, 10 minutes later, substitute Yacine Bezzaz sent a rebound over the bar after El Arbi Soudani's shot had been blocked by team-mate Rafik Halliche, but that was as close as Vahid Halilhodzic's side got to restoring parity.

There was a lengthy stoppage in play towards the end while the goalposts were realigned after Nottingham Forest midfielder Guedioura fell into the net.

Thirteen minutes of stoppage time were played following the disruption, giving Algeria further hope, but the only further goal arrived when Wome stroked a low shot past M'Bolhi to put the result beyond doubt.

Scoring Summary

Algeria Togo
 Emmanuel Adebayor (32')
 Dove Wome (90')


Algeria Togo
23 Rais M'Bohli16 Kossi Agassa
Djamel MesbahDare Nibombe
Rafik HallicheSerge Akakpo
Essaid BelkalemAbdoul-Gafar Mamah
Mehdi Lacen21 Dakonam Djene
10 Sofiane FeghouliMoustapha Salifou
14 Foued Kadir15 Alaixys Romao
17 Adlene GuediouraKomlan Amewou
2 Mehdi SbaaEmmanuel Adebayor
15 El Arbi Soudani17 Serge Gakpe
Islam Slimani11 Jonathan Ayite
16 Cedric Si MohamedMawugbe Atsu 1
Azzedine DoukhaBaba Tchagouni 23
12 Carl MedjaniVincent Bossou 9
CadamuroOuro Sadate 13
21 Faouzi GhoulamDonou Kokou 20
22 Ali RialSapol Mani 12
19 Yacine BezzazFloyd Ayite 10
11 Hameur BouazzaDove Wome 3
Ryad BoudebouzKossi Prince Segbefia 14
18 Khaled LemmouchiaAmetepe Kodjo 19
20 Saad TedjarKalen Damessi 22
13 Mohamed AoudiaPlacca Euloge Fessou 18
Yacine Bezzaz for Foued Kadir (65)
Dove Wome for Moustapha Salifou (57)
Mohamed Aoudia for Islam Slimani (75)
Sapol Mani for Serge Gakpe (73)
Hameur Bouazza for Mehdi Lacen (83)
Vincent Bossou for Jonathan Ayite (87)
Yellow Cards
Mehdi Sbaa (2)
Jonathan Ayite (41)
Adlene Guedioura (38)
Abdoul-Gafar Mamah (63)
Mehdi Lacen (48)
Serge Akakpo (89)
Rafik Halliche (90)
· Squads: Algeria | Togo