AFCON 2023: Cape Verde's Blue Sharks sink Mozambique's Mambas

AFCON 2023: Cape Verde's Blue Sharks sink Mozambique's Mambas

In the second match of the second day of Pool B, Cape Verde recorded their second victory against Mozambique (3-0). With 6 points, they are now firmly in first place. At the same time, Cape Verde becomes the first team officially in the Round of 8.

Cape Verde striker Bebé scores from a free-kick

Bebé was the author of a festival in this 1st act with demonstrations of his striking power on free-kicks. The Cape Verde striker first fired a shot over the bar from 25 m (27th min). The 2nd attempt, from 40 m with a floating effect, you heard right, was to be the winner at (32nd min). The ball found the back of the net. The Mozambican goalkeeper Hernani Siluane was guilty of a hand error on this occasion. However, the goal was the Blue Sharks' best start of the match. By this time, Cape Verde had already attempted 7 shots, with 3 on target, while the Mozambicans had only attempted one shot on target.

Mozambique's first shot on target came in the 37th minute, but was saved by the Cape Verde goalkeeper. It came from winger Witi. The team finally began to play and thought they had won a penalty when Catamo's foray was saved in the 39th minute.But the referee, with the help of Var, overturned the decision. The 2 teams returned to the dressing room with the score (1-0) in Cape Verde's favor.


Cape Verde qualify for the Round of 8 and leave a lasting impression

After the break, Mozambique made 2 changes but it was Cape Verde who doubled the lead in the 51st minute. Ryan Mendes took advantage of Edmilson's failed control of a Mozambican rebound to emerge from defence and fire in a powerful shot to make it 2-0.A gift well exploited by Cape Verde!On free-kick day, Mozambique responded with a wonderfully curled free-kick from 25m out by Catamo. Unfortunately, the well-worked shot came back off the crossbar (58th).

Cape Verde then brought the score to 3-0 with a magnificent 30-meter shot from Kevin Pina in the 69th minute.

Maximum success for the Cape Verdians. But it must also be said that it was a goal of their own making. The goal did not dampen the attacking spirits of the Sharks and Mambas. The former tried to get back into the match, the latter to add to their tally. But for the remainder of the match, the defences took precedence over the attacks, and no more goals were scored. Final score (3-0).

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