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Africa Cup of Nations: Angola denied last minute winner against Mauritania

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Angola were forced to settle for a draw in Suez, Egypt

Angola were forced to settle for a draw with Mauritania in the Africa Cup of Nations after Geraldo’s 90th-minute goal was disallowed.

Geraldo thought he had won the game in the final moments as he fired home a deep cross only for it to be rightly ruled out for offside.

Angola’s Wilson Eduardo had earlier spurned a fine chance when he put Gelson’s cross wide from close range.

Tunisia drew 1-1 with Mali on Friday in Group E’s other game.

Angola now need to beat Group E leaders Mali in their final group game on Tuesday (20:00 BST) to qualify for the last 16, while Mauritania end their group campaign against Tunisia the same day.

Angola should have come into the game high on confidence following an impressive 1-1 draw with Tunisia in their Afcon opener but they struggled to break down a resolute Mauritania side.

Eduardo really should have opened the scoring when he latched onto Gelson’s cross early in the second half and he could have netted late on, too, heading over the bar from close range before Geraldo’s winner was ruled out.

However, tournament debutants Mauritania, who earned their first Afcon point with this draw, more than matched Angola for large periods and improved as the game went on.

They twice went close through Adama Ba and Ismael Diakite but Angola defended ably on both occasions.

Two cautious sides bring first goalless draw – analysis

BBC Arabic’s Mohamed Qoutb:

Mauritania went into just their second ever AFCON match with a more cautious approach than their opener against Mali, while Angola were similarly patient.

Because of that, we’ve now had our first goalless draw at the tournament and it keeps both teams alive in the competition. But they’ll both have to raise their game against Mali or Tunisia respectively if they are to qualify for the knockout stages.

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Match ends, Mauritania 0, Angola 0.

Second Half ends, Mauritania 0, Angola 0.

Geraldo (Angola) is shown the yellow card.

Aly Abeid (Mauritania) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Bakary N´Diaye (Mauritania).

Offside, Angola. Paízo tries a through ball, but Geraldo is caught offside.

Bastos (Angola) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ismael Diakite (Mauritania).

Foul by Paízo (Angola).

Ismael Diakite (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dany Massunguna (Angola) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Ba (Mauritania).

Attempt missed. Wilson Eduardo (Angola) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Geraldo.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Moustapha Diaw (Mauritania).

Foul by Gelson Dala (Angola).

Bakary N´Diaye (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paízo (Angola).

Ismael Diakite (Mauritania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Abdoulaye Gaye (Mauritania) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ismael Diakite.

Offside, Angola. Tony Cabaça tries a through ball, but Gelson Dala is caught offside.

Offside, Angola. Mabululu tries a through ball, but Gelson Dala is caught offside.

Tony Cabaça (Angola) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bakary N´Diaye (Mauritania).

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Bruno Gaspar.

Substitution, Angola. Mabululu replaces Djalma.

Attempt blocked. Adama Ba (Mauritania) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aly Abeid.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Herenilson.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Paízo.

Substitution, Mauritania. Abdoulaye Gaye replaces Khassa Camara.

Corner, Angola. Conceded by Bakary N´Diaye.

Foul by Djalma (Angola).

Aly Abeid (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Show (Angola).

Adama Ba (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bruno Gaspar (Angola) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bessam (Mauritania).

Attempt missed. Wilson Eduardo (Angola) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gelson Dala.

Substitution, Mauritania. Diadié Diarra replaces Abdoul Ba.

Africa Cup of Nations: Angola denied last minute winner against Mauritania

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