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Adebayor scores as Togo eliminate wasteful Algeria

Published on: 26 January 2013

Togo revived their chances of going through to the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations when they defeated Algeria 2-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night.

Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring in the first half before substitute Dove Wome sealed the win for the Sparrow Hawks as Algeria failed to convert their chances for the second match in a row.

The first chance of the match fell for the fennec Foxes in the 14th minute when Islam Slimani collected a trough-pass from Sofiane Feghouli, only to blast his shot wide of goal.

Adebayor had a chance at the other end two minutes later when he leaped over Essaid Belkalem to meet a cross from Moustapha Salifou, but he also sent his header wide.

Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa then pulled off two decent saves as he kept out a good header from Adlene Guedioura in the 22nd minute before stopping a shot from Medhi Lacen a minute later.

However, the deadlock was broken in the 31st minute as Adebayor ran onto a headed pass from Salifou before slipping the ball past the stranded Rais M’Bolhi.

Algeria almost replied five minutes later but Slimani was denied by another good save from Agassa, who came out of his line to block his goalbound effort.

Vahid Halilhodzic’s side pushed forward in desperation after the break and in the 52nd minute Hilel Soudani could only sends his header wide after connecting with a Foued Kadir cross.

There were other opportunities with Slimani heading wide in the 70th minute while Yassine Bezzaz fired over the bar in 84th minute.

However, it was Togo who secured maximum points in added time as substitute Wome collected a through pass and raced into the box before sliding the ball past the goalkeeper.

The result means that Algeria will be eliminated from the competition after their final group match against Ivory coast, while Togo will fight it out against Tunisia as they look to finish in second place.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • tzooh says:
    January 26, 2013 09:52 pm
    Good job Adebayor and Togo
  • Muiz says:
    January 26, 2013 11:32 pm
    Is time for West Africa. It's been long over due. Viva west side.
  • anokwale says:
    January 26, 2013 11:41 pm
    The goalie saved Togo and they did not waste the counter attacks.
  • African Consciousness says:
    January 27, 2013 01:04 am
    It looks like Adebayor stepped it up a notch, now it is time for our top striker Gyan to start scoring!
  • bawah says:
    January 27, 2013 08:22 pm
  • Assibi says:
    January 27, 2013 02:26 am
    an Durban strike. hahah stay at England n play soccer u opted 4 moni. anyway u cant eat ur cake n hv it. u eida go 4 moni or name.
  • Pito says:
    January 27, 2013 04:40 am
    No westAfrica No African football. hahaha name them: Ghana, CIV, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Togo and before i forget come tuesday Burkina Faso will serve zambia on a plate with some grind pepper and ketchup on the side. And some Pito to wash it down.
  • Abedi says:
    January 27, 2013 09:06 am
    Instead of focusing on your black evil stars you are busy bullshitting about west africans. If caf wanted we could only have 5teams @ the afcon, central, east north ,south and west. I dont hear this kind of talk @ euro. When is ghana going to win its been 31years?
  • NiiNii says:
    January 27, 2013 01:57 pm
    Pito, Cameroun is not in West Africa ooo
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