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Angola v Mali as it happened



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By Alistair Magowan

2130: From Furaha in Tanzania via text: "Angola looked tired in the end with all the running in the first half. But what a comeback. It must be the greatest ever in football I guess."

It's got to be up there Furaha, certainly in international football. Just to sign off, the Togo latest is that they have left Angola and we bid them farewell. It's also goodbye from me, thanks for making Sunday a memorable start to the tournament. See you soon for some more of the same hopefully!

2125: The 2008 Africa Cup of Nations set a record with 99 goals but I dare say that that target it is under threat. Anyone who reckons this tournament is of the Mickey Mouse variety should watch the highlights. A match to warm the heart on a cold winter's evening and one to give you hope also.

2120: Murtini on 606 "At least now the football becomes the main talking point, thank heavens."

I think it's fair to say that if tournament organisers and football fans wanted to script a game to try and put the horrific events of the past few days behind them, then that was it. Football is an extraordinary game at times and this tournament seems to bring out the best of it.

2116: iGooner on 606 "See 2105: I'm not a religious person and didn't believe in miracles before tonight, but to draw 4-4 after being 4-0 down with 16 minutes to go I might just have to reconsider. Oh dear."

2112: From Mike, a Mali/Spurs fan via text: "Quite glad the Spurs game was called off today. Would have been rather underwhelming compared to that."

2109: You said it Mr Diarra. Incredibly, that turnaround came within just 11 (official) minutes. Mali's first goal came on 79 minutes and their second was scored after 88 minutes! A lesson to football teams everywhere not to give in until the game is really, really over. A superb effort.

2105: Mali's Mahamadou Diarra: "Its absolutely amazing for the Mali supporters. In football you have to believe and keep going until the final whistle. We kept believing and we managed to do it. It's something of a miracle."

2100: The new national stadium has had the complete stuffing knocked out of it. Angola just switched off in the last few minutes and Mali have completed a magnificent comeback from 4-0 down. So the details: Seydou Keita managed to score a volley from a right-wing cross and then Mustapha Yatabare followed up another effort to seal a point. Even coach Stephen Keshi managed a smile after that goal!

2057: FULL-TIME Angola 4-4 Mali

2055: Mali goals: What was I saying about it being a lucky stadium? Unbelievable. Seydou Keita and Mustapha Yatabare score in the 90th minute to give an incredible finish to the game.

2055: GOAL Angola 4-4 Mali

2054: GOAL Angola 4-3 Mali

2052: From Barty in Buckinghamshire via text: "Hey there, I was just wondering, why is it called the 11 de Novembre stadium? I'm guessing that day is something important to Angola? But I'm curious."

Yep it was the date of Angola's independence in 1975. Looks like the stadium is a lucky one for Angola so far.

2049: Mali goal: A half-decent cross from the left is turned into a decent one when Frederic Kanoute leaps close to the edge of the box and guides a superb header past Carlos Fernandes. First bit of class from the Sevilla man tonight.

2048: GOAL Angola 4-2 Mali

2044: From Trevor in Harare via text: "Great performance from Angola, reducing Mali to an ordinary outfit. The pitch looks awful though."

2041: Mali goal: Angola keeper Carlos Fernandes drops an absolute clanger when he fails to gather a low corner under no pressure whatsoever. After a goalmouth scramble Seydou Keita stabs the ball home for a consolation.

2039: GOAL Angola 4-1 Mali

2038: redandblackT1899 on 606 "Keshi, a great player in his own right, must be wondering how to merge this individually talented squad into a fully functional unit."

2036: Angola goal: Gilberto is once again the architect as he runs onto a through ball and, to be honest, makes a little more than he needed to of the Mali challenge but the referee points to the spot and this time Manucho steps up and slots it. Party time in Luanda!

2034: GOAL Angola 4-0 Mali


2030: Angola goal: Mamadou Bagayoko brings down Angola's Gilberto on the left-hand side of the area and the Palancras Negras midfielder knocks it in calmly, not once, but twice, after the referee orders him to re-take it. Cool as you like and it looks a long, hard road for Mali now.

2027: GOAL Angola 3-0 Mali


2024: Totally addicted to Basey (Cheers Irish) on 606 "What formation are Mali playing? Shame for them that three of their best players all play as defensive mids."

2020: Bakaye Traore comes off for Mali to be replaced by Lassana Fane. Mahamadou Diarra looks like he wants to get a shift on with things as Angola have ridden out a decent spell by the Eagles.

2017: From the BBC's Richard Connelly on Twitter "Flavio could be president one day. Now he's scored twice. Both headers and he's five foot eight. Angola do have proper width."

2013: Decent effort from Frederic Kanoute who curls an effort round the post. Mali looked charged, I'm guessing the Eagles coach provided them with some "verbal heat" at half-time?

2010: Great chance for Mali to get back in game. Seydou Keita crosses from the left to Mahamadou Diarra who controls well but his shot is fantastically saved by Angola keeper Carlos Fernandes.

2006: Under way again for the second half.

From King Salomon kalou on 606: "So many ignoring the importance of home how many major tournaments do the home nation win/overachieve? My money says its going to happen again here."

2004: From Chris in Salisbury via text: "Flavio has been clinical but I never thought I'd ever see Mali play this poorly. They've got absolutely nothing in the final third."

2001: So that was an impressive first-half showing from Angola. Loads of energy from them but you wonder if they can keep that up. Mali, on the other hand, look very tired. Anyone know what's up with them?

1955: From Florian in Tanzania via text: "A combination of Kanouté, Diarra, Keita, Sissoko & Co should have secured Mali a place in 2010 World Cup from the African berth!"

Not on this showing Florian. They look cooked already!

1951: From redboychris on 606: "And Mali's look set to continue underachieving, pity their midfield is class."

1949: HALF-TIME Angola 2-0 Mali

1948: Some serious chin-stroking going on from Mali coach Stephen Keshi. As well he might.

Angola goal Having threatened before, Angola full-back Mabina crosses from the right and his pinpoint centre is met by Flavio again to send the home crowd bonkers.

1944: GOAL Angola 2-0 Mali

1941: Just before that goal Mali's Seydou Keita came on to the pitch replacing Modibo Maiga. If the Barcelona man was fit enough to come on now why didn't he start? Weird one!

Angola goal: Mali concede a free-kick on the left-hand side of the penalty area and from the whipped cross Flavio stoops low to thunder in an unmarked header. The stadium erupts and this tournament is now up and running.

1937: GOAL Angola 1-0 Mali

1934: Good work down the right from the hosts. Manucho has a good chance to score a header from the cross but it's straight at the Mali keeper Mahamadou Sidibe.

1930: Early substitution for Angola who see Dede leave the pitch with what looks like a hamstring problem. Djalma comes on as his replacement. Angola look threatening but it appears to be steaming hot out there judging by the sweat pouring off the players' shirts.

1926: Good chance for Mali who counter attack after an Angola corner but it breaks down on the edge of the penalty area when Modibo Maiga tries a back heel that does not come off.

1921: Just to quell the discontent on 606 I'm afraid we do not have online rights for any of the radio commentaries during the tournament. You can hear the opening game plus the semi-finals and final on BBC World Service and watch the semis and final on BBC TV. Full details are here

1918: A lot of talk about the pitch before the match but it looks ok so far. This stadium is brand new and this game is the first fixture to be played there. In fact Mali's Bakary Soumare told the BBC: "It's a great stadium, nothing like I've seen in Africa, it's like a European stadium. The pitch was not too good though, it kept coming up in front of us."

1913: As well as Manucho in the Angolan team, British football fans will recognise Rui Marques of Leeds who made his first contribution in the game by heading over his own goal for a corner when all on his own. Nerves, I presume.

1911: From scosmos on 606: "Algeria to win the tournament against either nigeria or cameroon in the final. Mali will win tonights game."

1908: First shot on target from Angola's Flavio. The hosts are looking to hit their strikers early.

1905: Although he's had a few disciplinary problems recently, former Manchester United and Hull striker Manucho looks very much up for this as he gives away a free-kick. Nervous beginning by both teams.

1902: The 2010 Africa Cup of Nations is under way signalling a huge year for African football.

1900: Before kick-off the teams gather for a minute's silence remembering those killed in the tragic incident in Cabinda. Well observed too.

1859: Also worth mentioning that Juventus midfielder Momo Sissoko is on the bench for Mali.

1857: The national anthems commence. Mali's is well sung but the Angolan effort is noisy in the extreme. The stadium is buzzing and it feels like the tournament is already beginning to blow away the dark clouds of the last couple of days.

1854: From Hope via text: "Here's to hoping recent events are isolated ones and the ACON is a reason to celebrate once more. Togo, you're in everyone's thoughts."

1852: The teams are out and are shaking hands. The stadium looks packed and you've never seen so many oversized pairs of glasses in your life!

1844: TEAM NEWS Angola v Mali
Good news for hosts Angola as striker Flavio starts after doubts about his fitness. Mali meanwhile are less fortunate with Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita missing out with a thigh problem.

1839: TEAMS Angola v Mali
Angola: Fernandes, Mabina, Kali, Rui Marques, Stelvio, Xara, Dede, Zuela, Gilberto, Flavio, Manucho.
Mali: Sidibe, Diamountene, Berthe, Tamboura, Soumare, Diarra, Traore, Traore, Bagayoko, Maiga, Kanoute.

1835: From cheese666 on 606: "Where's the ACON gang? I'm ready for the old chats about socks and plum sauce."

1832: BBC World Service's Farayi Mungazi: "The atmosphere here in the stadium is electric. It must be the most money spent on an Africa Cup of Nations opening ceremony in history."

1827: For those of you that are asking, the BBC is showing the semi-finals and final of the Africa Cup of Nations on TV. Full details are here: BBC coverage

1821: By the way, we've just heard from the BBC's Matthew Kenyon that the Togo team latest is that a plane is waiting to take them home at Cabinda airport and after much discussion a convoy has set out from the team camp. "It looks like they might be on the way home," says Kenyon. We'll keep you posted.

1815: Our colleagues at the World Service are out in force in Angola. So you have no excuse not to get in touch with them in the heat or us in the cold in London. You can text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (the world), get chirping on 606 or give our man in Luanda a knock, Richard Connelly is on Twitter.

1809: Judging by the building atmosphere at the 11 de Novembre National Stadium in Luanda it sounds like the Angolan crowd are doing their best to put the events of the last few days behind them. Kick-off, should you need reminding, is 1900 GMT.

1800: After the shocking events in Angola, it is hard not to have a heavy heart. The Africa Cup of Nations was set to be the perfect warm-up for Africa's first World Cup in June, but the occasion has been overshadowed by the gun attack on the Togo team.

So how to continue? Perhaps Togo midfielder Thomas Dossevi struck the right chord when he said: "We are all heartbroken, it is no longer a party, but we want to show our national colours and our values."

In Togo's absence, for now, it is up to hosts Angola and Mali to do that as they kick off the tournament in Luanda. Hopefully a lively home crowd and a decent game can put football back on the agenda.

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Angola 4-4 Mali
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Africa Cup of Nations photos
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11 Jan 10 |  African
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Attack overshadows Cup of Nations
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