MATCH CENTRE

SUN 18 JANUARY 2015, 21:00, NEUVO ESTADIO DE EBEBIYíN

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Heldon earns draw for Cape Verde

by Staff Reporter

Sun January 18, 23:06

The outstanding Heldon blasted home a late penalty to help Cape Verde to a deserved 1-1 draw with Tunisia in their African Nations Cup Group C clash at the Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín on Sunday.

In a game of two halves, Cape Verde had the better chances in the opening period and Tunisia the second, with a draw perhaps a fair result.

Mohamed Moncer had scored his first international goal to give Tunisia the lead 20 minutes from the end, but after Heldon was bundled in the box he got up to convert the equaliser from the penalty-spot.

It means all four sides in Group B have a single point after Zambia and DR Congo played to a 1-1 draw in the earlier fixture, essentially turning this pool into a two-round shoot-out.

Cape Verde should have gone into the lead ahead, Fernando Verela struck the post with a header inside two minutes and Djaniny shot straight at the goalkeeper from 12-yards when well-placed.

Djaniny’s floated cross then almost dropped in at the back post and Kuca screwed his shot wide late in the half.

Tunisia offered almost nothing bar speculative long-range efforts in the opening period.

It looked as though the pattern of the game would continue in the second period when Kuca had his shot cleared off the line by Syan Ben Yousseff, but Tunisia then began to take control.

A long free-kick saw Yassine Chikhaoui hit the crossbar with a header. The ball was bundled into the net from the rebound, but referee Castane pulled play back for a foul that was hard to spot.

And the north Africans got their goal as a ball across the six-yard box fell to Moncer at the back-post and he rifled it into the rood of the net.

That joy lasted just seven minutes though before Ben Yousseff turned villain and bundled Heldon in the box. The forward got up and blasted the ball into the top corner to earn a deserved point for his side.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE NEUVO ESTADIO DE EBEBIYíN
TUNISIA GOALS CAPE VERDE GOALS
15. Mohamed Ali Moncer (70') 10. Heldon Nhuck (78')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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TUNISIA STARTING LINEUP CAPE VERDE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
12
Defender
74'
23
Defender
3
Defender
3
Defender
17
Defender
14
Defender
2
Defender
2
Midfielder
87'
21
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
70'
15
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
84'
9
Midfielder
15'
82'
18
Midfielder
15
Forward/Striker
82'
19
Forward/Striker
68'
21
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
78'
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Youssef Msakni
Midfielder
82'
7
Julio Tavares
Forward/Striker
68'
19
Edem Rjaibi
Forward/Striker
82'
8
Ryan Mendes
Forward/Striker
74'
20
Houcine Ragued
Midfielder
87'
6
Odaïr Fortes
Forward/Striker
84'
7
CARDS
Wahbi Khazri
Midfielder
15'
18
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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