Saturday, January 31, 2015

African Nations Cup: Leopards Advance To Semifinals

The quarterfinal round of the African Nations Cup commenced on Saturday with two games played at Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

In the opener, Dieumerci Mbokani scored twice (65', 90'+1) as the Democratic Republic of the Congo erased a two-goal deficit and upended the Republic of Congo 4-2.

In the nightcap, Tunisia and hosts Equatorial Guinea battled to a 1-1 stalemate after regulation time with the contest heading into two full 15 minutes of overtime at the time of this posting.

SOCCEROORS DEFEAT SOUTH KOREA IN OT, WIN ASIAN CUP TITLE; WILL PLAY IN '17 CONFEDERATIONS CUP

At Sydney, Australia:
 
James Troisi scored the winning goal in the 105th minute on Saturday as Australia defeated South Korea 2-1 in overtime to win the AFC Asian Cup championship and a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, set to take place in Russia. Here are the happy Socceroos with the Asian Cup itself following their exciting triumph.

Getty Images photo by Ryan Pierse

Friday, January 30, 2015

AFC Asian Cup: UAE Top Iraq In Third-Place Match

At Newcastle, Australia:


Ahmad Khalil scored twice (16', 51') while Ali Mabkhout's successful penalty kick in the 57th minute proved to be the game winner as the United Arab Emirates overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit and upended Iraq 3-2 in Friday's third-place playoff in the AFC Asian Cup.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

African Nations Cup: National Elephants Win Draw Of Lots, Get Crack At Black Stars

At Malabo, Equatorial Guinea:

Guinea won the draw of lots with Mali at the Hotel Malabo on Thursday and will face Ghana in the quarterfinal round of the African Nations Cup.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

African Nations Cup: Elephants Blank Cameroon To Advance To Quarterfinals; 1-1 Draw Forces Draw Of Lots Between Guinea And Mali

Groups-stage play in the African Nations Cup concluded with two games contested in Group D in Equatorial Guinea.

At Malabo:

Mark Alain Gradel scored the only goal of the match in the 36th minute as Ivory Coast defeated Cameroon and won Group D and a berth in the quarterfinal round.

At Mongomo:

Modibo Maiga's equalizer in the 47th minute lifted Mali to a 1-1 stalemate with Guinea, forcing a draw of lots set for Thursday at Mongomo for the right to enter the tournament's quarterfinal round.  Kevin Constant successfully converted a penalty kick in the 15th minute for the Guineans. 

FINAL GROUP D STANDINGS:

1. Ivory Coast (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
2. Guinea (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
    Mali (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Cameroon (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 2)

Ivory Coast advanced to the quarterfinal round.  Guinea and Mali, tied on head-to-head record, overall goal difference, and overall goals scored, will take part in a drawing of lots on Thursday for the right to advance to the knockout stage.

Here are the matchups for the quarterfinal round:

Saturday:

At Bata:

Republic of Congo vs. Democratic Republic of Congo

Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea



Sunday:

At Malabo:

Ivory Coast vs. Algeria

At Ghana vs. Guinea or Mali

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

African Nations Cup: Black Stars, Desert Foxes Advance To Quarterfinals

Two games were played in Equatorial Guinea on Tuesday as Group C action in the African Nations Cup concluded.

At Mongomo:

John Boye (73') and Andre Ayew (83') provided the scoring as Ghana came from behind to upend South Africa 2-1 and gain a berth in the knockout stage.

At Malabo:

Riyad Mahrez (11') and Nabil Bentaleb (82') each produced a goal as Algeria blanked Senegal 2-0, jumping the West African country to claim a berth in the quarterfinal round.

FINAL GROUP C STANDINGS:

1. Ghana (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 6)
2. Algeria (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 6)
3. Senegal (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 4)
4. South Africa (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

Ghana and Algeria advanced to the quarterfinal round.

AFC Asian Cup: It's Socceroos vs. South Korea For The Marbles

At Newcastle, Australia:

Trent Sainsbury (3') and Jason Davidson (14') each scored a goal in the opening quarter-hour on Tuesday as host nation Australia blanked the United Arab Emirates 2-0 to reach Saturday's final of the AFC Asian Cup.  

The Socceroos will face South Korea at Sydney on Saturday with the winner advancing to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, set to take place in Russia.

The UAE will take on Iraq in Friday's third-place contest at Newcastle.

Monday, January 26, 2015

African Nations Cup: Tunisia, DR Congo Advance To Quarterfinals

Two games were played on Monday as Group B action in the African Nations Cup concluded in Equatorial Guinea.

At Ebebiyin:

A 0-0 draw between the Cape Verde Islands and Zambia saw both squads eliminated from the tournament.

At Bata:

Jeremy Bokila equalized in the 66th minute as the Democratic Republic of the Congo gained a 1-1 draw with Tunisia as both teams advanced to the knockout stage.  Ahmed Akaichi scored in the 31st minute for the Eagles of Carthage.

FINAL GROUP B STANDINGS:

1. Tunisia (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
2. Democratic Republic of the Congo (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
3. Cape Verde Islands (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Zambia (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 2)

Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo advanced to the quarterfinal round.

AFC Asian Cup: Taegeuk Warriors Blank Iraq, Advance To Final

At Sydney, Australia:

Lee Jung-hyup (20') and Kim Young-gwon (50') delivered the goals on Monday as South Korea shut out Iraq 2-0 in a semifinal-round match in the AFC Asian Cup.  The Taegeuk Warriors advanced to Saturday's final in Sydney and will face the winner of Tuesday's Australia-United Arab Emirates match. 

The Iraqis will play in Friday's third-place contest at Newcastle against the loser of the Socceroos-UAE contest.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

African Nations Cup: Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea Advance To Quarterfinals

Two games were played on Sunday as Group A action in the African Nations Cup concluded in Equatorial Guinea.
At Bata:

Javier Balboa (PK-55') and Ivan Ivan Salvador (86') delivered the goals as hosts Equatorial Guinea locked up a berth in the quarterfinal round with their 2-0 blanking of Gabon.

At Ebebiyin:

Fabrice Ondama scored the winning goal in the 87th minute as the Republic of Congo clinched top spot in Group A as well as a quarterfinal-round berth with their 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso.

FINAL GROUP A STANDINGS:

1. Republic of Congo (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
2. Equatorial Guinea (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 5)
3. Gabon (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Burkina Faso (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

The Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea advanced to the quarterfinal round.