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THU 08 OCTOBER 2015, 17:00, SAO TOME

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São Tomé stun Ethiopia

by Staff Reporter

Thu October 08, 19:14

A late goal from Luis Leal secured a shock 1-0 win for São Tomé and Príncipe in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying first round, first-leg clash at the Estadio 12 de Julho on Thursday.

Ranked 193rd in the latest world rankings, the result comes as a surprise, but is not completely unexpected as the 'Walias' have struggled to replicate the form that saw them knock South Africa out of 2014 FIFA World Cup running.

For 'The Falcons and True Parrots Team' the win serves as a huge boost following big defeats to Morocco and Cape Verde in recent months.

Ethiopia, though, will still be favourites to progress, with the return-leg set to take place in Addis Ababa on Sunday.

To their credit, the hosts dominated the clash, with the Islanders getting their just reward three minutes from time through Leal.

The defeat for the visitors follows a 1-1 stalemate in the Seychelles and a narrow 2-1 win over Lesotho in their opening two 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The winner over two legs will face Congo in the next round.

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