Madagascar shock Sudan in Group A opener

Madagascar shock Sudan in Group A opener
Madagascar players

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jun 09, 2017. 23:24

Madagascar shocked Sudan 3-1 in the first match of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification Group A game at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium in Al-Ubayyid on Friday night.

The win takes Barea to the top of the Group A standings with three points, while the Falcons of Jediane are placed at the bottom without a single point.

Barea were the better side in the opening stages of the encounter with Paulin Voavy looking lively upfront for the visitors against the Falcons of Jediane.

The visitors deservedly took the lead four minutes later after Faneva Andriatsima broke free and he hit the back of the net with a powerful shot to make it 1-0 to Madagascar.

With his side trailing, Sudan coach Hamdan Hamad decided to make an early change in the 33rd minute - introducing Ather El Tahir as the visitors looked to equalize.

Barea managed to contain the Falcons of Jediane and the score was 1-0 to Madagascar during the half-time break in the Sudanese city of Al-Ubayyid.

The visitors doubled their lead 17 minutes into the second-half after Carolus Andriamatsinoro was fouled in the Sudan box, and the referee blew his whistle for a penalty.

The attacker then stepped up and hit the back of the net to make it 2-0 to Madagascar with the Falcons of Jediane supporters stunned inside the Al-Ubayyid Stadium.

The Falcons of Jediane did pull one back through El Tahir, who hit the back of the net with a well-taken free-kick in the 73rd minute, as Sudan looked to come back from behind.

However, Andriantsima had other ideas as the Barea striker grabbed his brace from close range - making it 3-1 to Madagascar with 11 minutes left on the clock.

The goal sealed Madagascar's surprise 3-1 victory over the 1970 AFCON champions Sudan in the first match of Group A.

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