Saturday Sep 08, 2018. 19:19
Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau shared the spoils as they drew 2-2 in their Group K 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Estadio Do Zimpeto in Maputo on Saturday evening.
The result leaves the Mambas and Djurtus level at the top of the pool on four points apiece, two points ahead of both Namibia and Zambia after they played out a 1-1 draw in their clash in Windhoek earlier in the day.
Chances were few and far between in the first half, but a couple of minutes before the interval Mozambique claimed the lead through Zainedine Junior. He saw his initial header kept out by the visiting goalkeeper, but he was able to latch onto the rebound and sweep home a low shot to make it 1-0.
The visitors struck back early in the second half, as Toni Silva showed great skill and composure to tee up Carlos Embalo, who steered home a low shot from close range to make it 1-1 in the 51st minute.
Both the Mambas and Djurtus had scoring chances in the second half, but only in injury time did further goals arrive.
First the hosts reclaimed the lead, as a remarkable sequence of play starting with a shot direct from a free kick saw the ball strike both posts and the crossbar in the space of a few seconds, before Reginaldo Feit finally forced it home from close range.
Yet Guinea-Bissau fought back and levelled right at the death, as poor defending from the hosts allowed Frederic Mendy to beat the goalkeeper at his near post and secure a 2-2 draw.
The teams will return to 2019 AFCON qualifying action next month, with Mozambique having a double-header against Namibia and Guinea-Bissau facing the same challenge against Zambia.