[ home ]  [ deutsche version ]  text/print version ]
football in: [ 2010 ] [ Today ] [ Germany ] [ Africa ] [ Asia ] [ Internet ] [ Universe ] [ Archives ]
African Nations Cup MALI 2002
Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
3rd place
parallel third matches
Jan 30 1600 GMT, Group B - parallel third matches:

Before the matches:
Morocco  2 2-1 4
South Africa  2 0-0 2
Ghana  2 0-0 2
Burkina Faso  2 1-2 1
The scenario in Group B before the matches: 
Morocco will qualify with a win or a draw. Even if they lose they might qualify by a draw in the parallel match. There is an additional case Morocco losing and Burkina Faso winning, depending on the exact scorelines.
South Africa need to beat Morocco. Or: A draw against Morocco and a draw in the other match which would have less goals scored. There is even the possibility of drawing lots with Ghana.
Ghana need to beat Burkina Faso. Or: A draw against Burkina Faso and South Africa losing. Or: A draw against Burkina Faso and a draw in the other match which would have less goals scored. There is even the possibility of drawing lots with South Africa.
Burkina Faso need to beat Ghana. If Morocco loses it will depend on the exact scorelines so that Burkina Faso might have to win by two goals.
tie breaker rule as promoted by CAF:
1. points
2. goal-difference
3. goals scored
4. result direct encounter (only if only 2 teams are involved!)
5. drawing lots
(Possibility 5 would come into effect f.e. if Burkina Faso - Ghana ended 1:1 and South Africa - Morocco ended 1:1.) 
(Possibility 4 would come into effect f.e. if Burkina Faso - Ghana ended 1:0 and South Africa - Morocco ended 1:0. Morocco would have the edge because of their 2:1 against Burkina Faso in the second match) 
South Africa - Morocco  3:1
Morocco are in a tricky psychological position going into this match. They start with a lead to defend and this might seduce them to begin with a defending attitude. But counter attacks might not be as effective against the quite solid South Africans and to many set plays conceded around their own penalty area bear the possibility of an 'accidental' goal at any time. Once a goal behind it will become extremely difficult so Morocco should try to keep the match in midfield and possibly score first themselves.
> general preview group matches: the tricky third group match
South Africa have slumped in sportsbook odds from favorites to outsiders. But many tournaments in the past have seen big teams starting slow and rising to the occasion. It is about time for South Africa to kickstart as a disappointing knock-out is threatening. It can be seen two way: no goals scored, no goals conceded. The warning sign has rather been the lack of improvement against Ghana. Apart from that South Africa still had looked the slightly better team in both their matches.
Burkina Faso - Ghana 1:2
Ghana sound confident before their supposed easiest match in the group and their fate in their own hands. But yet they have to prove that they will be able to exploit the inconsistencies in the Burkinabé defence as Morocco did. Ghana are not famous for goal scoring at the moment but they might not need to score at all if Morocco beat South Africa.
Burkina Faso themselves look dangerous enough but yet the young team still displays inconsistencies that cost them possible points against Morocco. It has yet to be seen how they will react if they once take the lead in a match. Sure is they will not be too afraid of the Ghanaian side which is quite young, too. 
1st half:
-South Africa in white, Morocco in green
-both teams crowd their defences, South Affrica even seems to attack with less players than Morocco
-('7) different picture at a corner: South Africa put some more men into the penalty area, Morocco remain in control of the situation anyway
-('9) Morocco: Boukhari tries to surprise with a shot, but it's wide from 16 meters right hand side
-('13) snapshot: it looks like a training session as South Africa pass the ball forth and back for a minute without taking chances in attempting to penetrate the defense chains of the Moroccans
-('14) Morocco play more directly in attack 
-('19) Morocco: good save by Vonk against a Boukhari shot
-('20) ugly looking foul by Zerouali against a South African player who has to be carried off. the referee seems to have overlooked
-('24) South Africa: Buckley with a sudden direct shot from more than 20 meters but across the bar
-('29) Morocco: Bassir is stoped in the penalty area as it is the North Africans who at least try to attack
-('31) South Africa: Nomvete comes in for Buckley who might have become injured at the foul e a few minutes ago?
-('42) Nomvete creates a hole on the left wing, centers the ball, a mistake in the Moroccan defnce, McCarthy shoots, the keeper saves but the ball bounces to the feet of Zuma who fires from close range. A defender tries to stop the ball on the line but it slips over his shoe a few centimeters behind the line - 1:0

halftime 1:0
A complete joke. The South Africans deserved anything but to score a goal. And it was no 'tactical masterpiece' or anything, for 42 minutes it just looked like South Africa did not know about the opportunity of scoring goals in football.

1st half:
-Ghana in yellow, Burkina Faso in green, the match seems less boring, some nice half chances for Burkina Faso and a goal scene for Ghanas Ishmael Addo.

halftime 0:0
At this moment both would have to go home.

2nd half:
-('48) terrible mistake by a Moroccan defender who casually loses the ball against Nomvete who perfectly sets up Mngomeni who scores easily - 2:0
-('49) bad foul by Safri against Nomvete, te ensuing free kick over the bar
-('50) similar scene: Moroccos defence looks psychologically devastateded as South Africa again break through on the left wing, alow cross and this time it's Nomvete who scores 3:0
-('52) Morocco: Camacho (Hadda) comes in for Boukhari
-('70) Morocco have a golden opportunity as the South African offside trap fails, they are three against the keeper but Camacho decides to try himself and Vonk saves
-('75) South Africans lose concentration and the ball, consequence: foul on Ramzi - penalty
-#2 sends Vonk into the wrong corner - 3:1
-('90)  Morocco play fast into attack - but #20 shoots wide by a meter
-('90) another desperate attemptr by Ramzi

final score 3:1, South Africa qualified
Morocco gifted the South Africans with three easy scores in a match in which they only had something to lose and did. South Africa had a terrible first half but might have gained momentum through the goal out of the blue.
South Africa  3 3-1 5
Ghana  3 2-1 5
Morocco  3 3-4 4
Burkina Faso  3 2-4 1

quarter-finals: South Africa-Mali, Nigeria-Ghana

match data as published by CAF Online:

Referee: Gamal Al Ghandour (EGY)
Ass. Referees: Taoufik Adjengui (TUN), Salah El Berry (TUN)
South Africa: Sibusiso Zuma 42, Thabo Mngomeni 48, Siyabonga Nomvete 51 
Morocco: Rachid Benmahmoud 77 - pen 
Attendance: 5,000 
South Africa: 1-Hans Vonk; 2-Mbulelo Mabizela, 3-Bradley Carnell, 13-Pierre Issa, 19-Aaron Mokoena, 21-Eric Tinkler, 8-Thabo Mngomeni, 10-Bennett Mnguni (12-Dillon Sheppard 70), 15-Sibusiso Zuma, 18-Delron Buckley (14-Siyabonga Nomvete 32), 17-Benni McCarthy (6-MacBeth Sibaya 81) 
Morocco: 22-Driss Benzerki; 3-Akram Roumani, 5-Abdelilah Fahmi, 6-Noureddine Naybet, 8-Faouzi El Brazi, 15-Youssef Safri, 18-Youssef Chippo (2-Rachid Benmahmoud 56), 10-Adil Ramzi, 11-Hicham Zerouali, 12-Nourdin Boukhari (9-Abdeljilil Hadda 53), 14-Salaheddine Bassir (20-Rachid Rokki 84)
Cautions: S. Africa: 10- Mnguni (44)
Morocco: 15- Safri (55)

2nd half:
-Ghana press for a goal and has some goal scenes but defence looks odd on a Burkinabé counter attack.
-both defences do not look very solid
-60 minutes are played
-('61)('64) Ghana launch more attacks and though they are only half dangerous one might bring success just because of the high frequency
-('65) Burkinabé waste their counter opportunities
-('66) Ghana: Boakye in for I.Addo
-a statistics by Malian TV says 15:13 shots for Burkina Faso
-both could qualify with a goal, both will have to go home if it remains 0:0
-('74) Ghana with a good counter situation but they don't play it well
-('78) Ghana waste a good free kick oportunity
-('82) 23 meter free kick - #18 Amadou Touré, great curved shot into the low left corner, no chance for the keeper 1:0
-now it is a thriller in the race for the second place: Burkina Faso lead by a half goal over Morocco. Means: Morocco scores a second goal and they are in again!
-('90) terrible mistake in the Burkinabé defence as all but one players play on offside, several layers are free, the first attempt is saved by the keeper but the second destroys the Burkinabé dream - 1:1
-('injury time) both have to risk all and Boakye scores - 1:2
-('injury time) free kick across  the bar

final score 1:2, Ghana qualified
Ghana have to credit their success to the Burkinabé inexperience and nervousness close to the goalline. Otherwise they would have to go home without a single goal scored. Now after this miracle ending they are suddenly in the quarter finals while the Burkinabé leave the pitch with tears in their eyes.

match data as published by CAF Online:

Referee: Chukwudi Chukwujekwu (NGR)
Ass. Referees: Gamal El Hawary (LBY), Endeng Zogo (CMR)
Burkina Faso: Amadou Toure 82 
Ghana: Isaac Boakye 89, 90 
Attendance: 15,000 
Burkina Faso: 22-Mohamed Kabore, 4-Mamadou Tall, 3-Brahima Cisse, 12-Soumalia Tassembedo (21-Sanou Firmin, 64), 15-Ousmane Traore, 5-Madou Dossama, 17-Narcisse Yameogo (11-Wilfried Sanou, 47), 6-Mady Saidou Panandetiguiri, 18-Amadou Toure, 9-Oumar Barro (7-Alassane Ouedraogo, 39), 19-Moumouni Beli Dagano 
Ghana: 12-Sammy Adjei, 6-Amankwah Mireku, 19-Kofi Amponsah, 5-John Mensah, 14-George Blay (21-John Pantsil, 46), 15-Princeton Owusu-Ansah, 20-Abdul Razak Ibrahim, 16-Emmanuel Duah (9-Koranteng Amoako, 46), 3-Emmanuel Kuffour, 10-Dereck Boateng, 18-Ishmael Addo (13-Isaac Boakye, 66) 
B. Faso: 4- Tall (76), 6- Mady (90)
Ghana: 19- Amponsah (67)



© The Shot That Passed Right Through The Net [ www.the-shot.com ]. Mail to: [ Mail ]
African Nations Cup MALI 2002 coverage [ Qualifiers ] [ Preview ] [ Matches ] [ Review ] [ About ] [ Live ]
[ Home ]