Togo 2-0 Algeria (As it happened)

 

                    ALGERIA 0 – 2 TOGO

MATCH ENDS: 90 + 24’ – The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

90 + 23’ – Djene tries to cut the ball back towards Amewou but his cross is blocked and the ball ricochets off him for a goalkick.

90 + 11’ – Algeria looking for what is likely to be a consolation goal, but Mesbah’s cross goes out of play.

90 + 9’ – Kalliche is booked for a foul on Adebayor.

Yellow card: 90 + 9’ – Rafik Halliche (Algeria) is cautioned.

90 + 3’ – Wome collects a through pass and races into the box before placing his low shot into the back of the net.

90 + 2’ – Thirteen minutes have been added on after that lengthy stoppage.

90 + 2’ – Akakpo is booked for a foul on Soudani.

90 + 2’ – Yellow card: Serge Akakpo (Togo) is cautioned.

90 + 1’ – Togo Substitution: Vincent Bossou replaces Jonathan Ayite

90’ – The match is back underway.

90’ – Play is still suspended as they replace the damaged goalposts.

90’ – Play is stopped as the ground staff try to realign the goalpost.

90 +1

The cameraman is clearly bored with events between the Togo posts, and have decided to give a few fans their moment in the sun by displaying them on the big screen. There’s still a lot of enthusiasm to be had in the stands.

89

There’s at least eight or nine people trying to put the goalposts back into its proper position. Eight or nine to fix a goalpoast? The game stretches agonizingly on. Hands up who wants a few of them to hold it in place for the dying minutes so we can finish this game up! No? Just me? Ok, I’ll be quiet.

88

The game is halted for a brief period as the Togo goalposts are no longer standing perpendicular to the pitch. A few attendants run on to try and fix the problem.

87

Bezzaz, who has really been lively since his introduction, goes darting towards the byline, and whips a good gross into the area that is met by an equally accomplished clearing header by Mamah.
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It’s been a gruelling game defensively for Togo, but they have put in a fantastic shift at the back. They are five minutes away from a spectacular smash and grab victory, that will dump Algeria out of the competition.

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It’s been a gruelling game defensively for Togo, but they have put in a fantastic shift at the back. They are five minutes away from a spectacular smash and grab victory, that will dump Algeria out of the competition.

83

SUBSTITUTION:substitution Substitution Out Lacen out Substitution In Hameur Bouazza in
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Two half chances for Algeria there, Soudani is blocked on the turn inside the area, and Bezzaz fires the loose ball over the bar from just outside the box!

81

Oh woe is Wome! The substitute picks up the ball after Adebayor cleared the corner, and goes on a barnstorming run straight through to the opposite box! But with options either side of him, he instead gets a rush of blood to the head and goes for the shot, which goes into orbit. What a disappointing end to a great run.

80

Everyone in yellow within 30 yards of the Togo goal. Algeria have a corner, to be taken by Mesbah.

78

Mesbah called offside after a good buildup involving Guedioura and Feghouli. He has every right to be annoyed, because Bezzaz on the other flank was the one straying beyond the line.

76

A potentially costly bit of confusion between two Togo defenders allows Bezzaz a way through, but Djene gets just enough to poke it back to Agassa to safety.

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SUBSTITUTION:substitution Substitution Out Slimani islam Substitution In Mohamed Amine Aoudia

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substitution SUBSTITUTION:Substitution Out Serge Gakpe out  Substitution In Sapol Mani in

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Guedioura with a clever run through midfield, and a strong low drive that flies just wide. Not bad from the midfielder, displaying the kind of innovation that Algeria need to get themselves onto the scoreboard for the first time this tournament.

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Possession stat for you, Algeria have 63 percent to Togo’s 37. A real accurate barometer of how this game has gone, definitely more so than the scoreboard.

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SUBSTITUTION:substitution Substitution Out Foued Kadir out Substitution In Yacine Bezzaz in

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Kadir with a good opportunity advancing on the box, but with Soudani to pick out left of him, he instead goes for the shot, which is deflected over the bar.

63

yellow_card Yellow card: Abdoul-Gafar Mamah

60

A rare Togo foray forward ends as quickly as it begins, as Amewou’s attempted through pass between two lines of players is intercepted easily before it can meet Adebayor.

58

Algeria furiously appeal for a penalty! Slimani goes meandering inside the Togo area, but once again, the north Africans are plum out of luck. No penalty called, despite replays making a strong case for a spot kick.

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substitution Substitution Out Moustapha Salifou Substitution In D. Womé

57

Agassa gets those mighty mitts on the set piece for the umpteenth time. This is one of the most commanding displays of aerial ability from a goalkeeper that I’ve seen in some time.

56

Kadir with another delightful cross into the box, which is met admirably by Soudani, but Djene does just enough to get the ball away from danger. Corner to come.

55

Much like the first half, Algeria are the better side, looking far more structured and composed when in possession. Togo look surprised whenever they get the ball in the opposition half.

53

Really good play from Algeria there, Kadir with a lovely clipped ball into the area, which Soudani meets with his head, but cannot steer on target. Deserved a better finish, that.

52

A poor touch from Belkalem gifts possession to Ayite in a dangerous area. He is primed to shoot, but Halliche makes a vital block.

50

Mesba goes hurtling onto Romao after trying to knock the ball around the Togo midfielder. The soon-to-be Parma man certainly know what he was doing there to win the free kick

49

Feghouli goes down under pressure in the area after twisting and turning around his marker. No penalty though, and what’s worse, a yellow card for the Algerian for protesting. In truth, Togo a little lucky to escape there, as that could easily have been called a spot kick.

48

yellow_card Yellow card: Lacen

48

Feghouli comes within inches of picking out Slimani with a low cross, but Nibombe makes an absolutely superb interception.
46
Here we go again!

Algeria will wonder how they’ve gone behind, as they largely were in control of the first half. But they failed to take their chances, and one quick attack from Togo was enough to breach them. Will their fortunes improve after the break? Stay tuned we will be back for the second half soon.

45 +1

That is the end of the first half.

45

I don’t know what Slimani was thinking when he took aim from all of 40 yards with that strike, but it clearly wasn’t the right thing as it sails way over the bar.

43

Back to form for Agassa, with another impressive leap to smother a corner from Kadir.
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Ooh, Agassa, for the first time tonight, is unconvincing, giving a weak punch to the free kick, but his defence bails him out by heading clear the ball comfortably.

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yellow_cardYellow card: Jonathan Ayite
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Free kick for Algeria in a good position. Soudani is felled near the corner flag by Ayite, who picks up a yellow.

39

Soudani ruins a four on four counterattack by overrunning the ball, allowing Gakpo to make a strong challenge to put the ball out for a corner. He had acres of space in front of him, but pushed the ball too far ahead of him when dribbling, disappointing in the end

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yellow_cardYellow card: Adlène Guedioura
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Mesbah with another deep cross, but Agassa is there once again to catch it under pressure from Slimani.

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And no sooner than I finish waxing lyrical about him, Agassa comes up with his best play of the night. Slimani, all of a sudden, finds himself one-on-one with the keeper after his marker switched off, but the Togo shot-stopper does exactly that, blocking the striker from close range. Excellent!
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Agassa with another display of safe hands by reaching highest to pluck a cross from Guedioura out of the air. The Togo keeper has come under a lot of aerial pressure, but has really been a figure of calm and authority. What a boost of confidence for his defence.

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Well here we go again for the north Africans. They have been punished for not taking advantage of a sloppy Togolese defence, and now have to chase the game.
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goal Goal Emmanuel Adebayor
TOGO BREAK THE DEADLOCK! And who else but Adebayor! Salifou with a lovely header through that frees the skipper, who makes no mistake with a low first time finish. 1-0!!
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Kadir whips in a corner towards the far post for Soudani, who cannot direct his header on target. But, broken record time, poor, poor marking from Togo on the set piece.
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Adebayor is beginning to drop deeper to receive the ball, and pulls off on nice sequence where a through ball forces Belkarem to concede a corner. The hit and hope towards the Togo skipper was not working, good to see him take some initiative and try another approach.
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Belkalem gets away with a real cock up there, a poor square pass right into Adebayor’s feet. He’s lucky that the Togo striker was unable to control the pass, perhaps he was so surprised that he had a sniff of the ball there.
24
Algeria clearly on top here, but have not yet gotten the goal that their play has deserved. They were hit with a stomach punch by Tunisia in the last minute of their previous match, and I’m sure they do not want a repeat of that scenario. They need to finish one of these chances.
22
Algeria go close from a corner, Guedioura, completely unmarked, forces Agassa to palm wide of his post. Poor defence from Togo.
20
Togo again surrender the ball by pumping it aimlessly towards the head of Adebayor, who is beaten in the air with ease by the Algerian defence. They really need to switch it up, too easy to anticipate.
18
Amewou with a VITAL challenge to strip the ball off of Feghouli’s toes in the danger area. he had to get that one perfectly, he committed everything in that slide, and could have been easily called for a penalty if it had been just a little off. Great defensive play.
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And now a half chance for Adebayor, who rises well to attempt to meet a god cross, but Belkalem does enough to put him off of his header.
14
Half chance there for Slimani. A perfect pass from deep finds the Algeria frontman on the run towards the box, he takes a shot first time, but cannot adjust his body and it goes wide.
13
Agassa, under some duress from a pair of opponents, just manages to boot the ball out of play before he was robbed of possession. Safety first.
11
A little sloppy piece of play under no pressure from Djamel Mesbah who, incidentally, is on his way from Milan to Parma in a part-exchange for 2006 World Cup winner Cristian Zaccardo, who is a long way away from the player he was at that tournament.
9
Oooh,nearly a breakthrough for Adebayor! Romao just overcooks his pass slightly, and M’Bolhi is able to scamper off his line and smother.
7
Gakpe again stopped in his tracks by Mostefa on the flanks, this time, it’s a legal challenge by the Algerian. Shaping up to be a quite entertaining tussle between those two.
5
Algeria have certainly taken no time settling into this game. Star player Feghouli has been very active attacking down the right flank. A good start from the north Africans.
3
Togo inviting pressure on their goal by dallying on the ball in their own half. Algeria quick to close them down and force play deeper and deeper towards the Togo goal.
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yellow_card M. Mostefa
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Mostefa pulls back Gakpe, clearly impeding him. Free kick, and it looks like an early booking, our first of the game.
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And off we go, Algeria in white, Togo in yellow!
Togo: Agassa, Akakpo, Salifou, Nibombe, Djene, Romao, Jonathan Ayite, Mamah, Amewou, Gakpe, Adebayor. Subs: Atsu, Wome, Bossou, Floyd Ayite, Mani, Ouro-Akoriko, Segbefia, Placca, Ametepe, Donou, Damessi, Tchagouni.
Algeria: M’Bolhi, Mostefa, Halliche, Belkalem, Mesbah, Guedioura, Lacen, Feghouli, Soudani, Kadir, Slimani. Subs: Doukha, Cadamuro, Boudebouz, Bouazza, Medjani, Aoudia, Lemmouchia, Bezzaz, Tedjar, Ghoulam, Rial, Si Mohamed.
We have last-minute confirmation of our teams for tonight.
The national anthems are underway…kickoff is imminent…
Sparrow Hawk vice-captain Serge Akakpo, who was shot in the back during the incident, said to the BBC that it was a long road to recovery for all involved. “After what happened in 2010, I almost stopped playing for the national team. We play for them the dead. We pray every day before and after training and we are thinking all the time of them. We will fight for them.We can never forget. It was really difficult for us to move on. Me especially, I took maybe a year and a half to move on and now I feel good and happy to play in this Africa Cup of Nations and show the world that we can play good football.”
Lest we forget, Togo were, at one point, banned from this year’s tournament, after pulling out of the 2010 version after the harrowing gun attack on their team bus that left three dead. But after missing two AFCON’s, the decision was overturned on appeal.
Meanwhile, Togo head coach Didier Six is also taking an optimistic view towards his side’s chances. “After the match against Ivory Coast we had a meeting, right afterwards because we had to recover quickly. The players now don’t think about Ivory Coast, they’re only thinking about the game against Algeria. In this group we are maybe the little team but I know my team, we have good players. It’s a difficult group but against Ivory Coast we proved that we can play good football and are good enough to go to the quarter-finals.”
However, Halilhodzic still harbors plenty of belief in his side. “I’ve seen the determination in my players’ eyes. They have an inner force. There’s still a good spirit in the squad. I know our backs are against the wall.”
Algeria boss Vahid Halilhodzic is left under no illusions about his side’s chances of making the next round, telling reporters: “”We’re in a complex position. We can’t escape that — we have two matches left, and only two teams go through. We have to look for two victories. We’re going to do everything to win because the only solution is victory.”
With Ivory Coast already victorious by a commanding 3-0 scoreline over Tunisia, only an Algerian win today will prevent the Elephants from progressing from Group D. If Algeria nation lose, they will be out of the tournament, but Togo, depending on results during the final matchday, could still be in contention for a place in the next round even if they are defeated today.
Greetings everyone, and welcome to Goal.com’s live coverage of the AFCON matchup between Algeria and Togo in Group D. I’m Keeghann Sinanan, bringing you the play by play.

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