Bloemfontein - A late goal from Abdelrahman Fetori helped Libya reach the
quarter-finals as they played to
a 2-2 draw against Congo at the Peter Mokaba
Stadium on Tuesday night, while Ghana beat Ethiopia in the night's other match in Bloemfontein.
Libya went into the game needing at
least a point to secure their place but found themselves two goals down
just after the break after Moise Nkounkou and Hardy Binguila had found
the back of the net for Congo.
However, substitute Abdelsalam
Omar pulled one goal back for Javier Clemente’s side, before Fetori
scored a dramatic equaliser in added time.
It was the Red Devils
who fired the first shot in anger in the 7th minute when Bersyl Obassi
had a view of goal, but his effort drifted wide of the target.
Two minutes later Libya were awarded a penalty in a dangerous position, but Mohamed Ghanudi curled his shot just wide.
The Mediterranean Knights had an even better opportunity in the 24th
minute when Ahmed Kamal El Trbi made a great run to connect with a
freekick, only to direct his header narrowly wide.
they had opened the scoring four minutes later when Obassi got the ball
into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed as the referee
had spotted an infringement on the Libyan goalkeeper.
Migne’s side did eventually break the deadlock in the 36th minute as
Nkounkou placed his low volleyed shot into the bottom right corner from
just inside the penalty area.
The Red Devils doubled their lead
in the 54th minute as Binguila beat Mohamed Nashnush with a superb
strike from long range which brushed the inside of the post before
hitting the back of the net.
Libya made their final two
substitutions just before the 70th minute and it paid off five minutes
later as one of the substitute, Omar, reduced the deficit with a good
finish from inside the box after controlling a cross from Faisal Ali.
Congo managed to keep their opponents at bay and seemed to be on their
way to the next round until Fetori netted the equaliser with a great
strike from outside the box which left the goalkeeper with no chance.
The result saw Libya finishing in second place with five points, while Congo and Ethiopia complete the
group with four and zero points, respectively.
Meanwhile, a dubious 76th minute penalty gave Ghana a 1-0 win over Ethiopia as they advanced to the knock-out stages as group winners.
Salahdin Hussen was judged to have brought down Seidu Bansey on the edge
of the box, although a replay showed minimal contact before the striker
tumbled to the ground.
But Kwabena Adusei made no mistake from
the penalty box, sending the keeper the wrong way and sending Ghana into
the quarter finals.