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Soccer City (ATT 25,000) 19th January 2013 - Kick off 19:00

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  1. 90

    The referee brings an end to a quite disappointing opening day of Africa Cup of Nations football, as none of the four teams in action managed to score a goal. Angola 0-0 Morocco.

  2. 90

    Fourth official signals 3 minutes added time at the end of the game.

  3. 89

    Mateus jumps clear of Younes Belhanda and fires a rocket towards goal, but it's straight at the goalkeeper, who easily takes the ball in his grasp. Manucho tests the keeper again coming close with a diving header, but once again puts it just wide of the far post.

  4. 84

    Angola go close after shoddy defending from the Moroccans, but Manucho is unable to put his shot on target.

  5. 82

    Final substitution for Morocco. El Ahmadi comes off for Belghazouani.

  6. 78

    Sub for Angola. Airosa comes on for Lunguinha.

  7. 77

    Younes Belhanda receives a caution for pulling back Pirolito after losing the ball.

  8. 76

    Morocco have a staggering 22 fouls in the game, and Angola are only to happy to try and find Manucho with all the set-plays.

  9. 75

    Morocco piling on the pressure around the Angola 18-yard area, but their chances go begging once again.

  10. 71

    Youssef Al Arabi comes on for El Hamdaoui

  11. 68

    Belhanda gets his first touch of the game in the box but puts his shot goes just wide of the post.

  12. 67

    Possession far more even now, but Morocco still edging it at 51% to Angola's 49%. The addition of Belhanda should add some attacking flair to the side.

  13. 63

    Abdelaziz Barrada comes off for Younes Belhanda

  14. 61

    End-to-end stuff, but Angola are definitely more of a threat at the moment. They've had quite a few free-kicks thus far, a worrying trend for the Moroccan defence.

  15. 56

    Yellow for Benatia after a hard tackle from behind on Manucho

  16. 53

    Angola break forward quickly on the right, but El Kaoutari deflects the low cross into the grasp of Lamyaghri.

  17. 47

    Morocco goalkeeper Lamyaghri fumbles the ball and Guilherme toe pokes the ball just wide of the far post.

  18. 46

    Referee gets us under way for the second half...

  19. 46

    Half-time change for Angola. Guilherme comes on for Mingo Bile.

  20. 45

    The referee blows the whistle for the end of the first half. We go into the break 0-0 after a timid start to the match. Morocco were the better side in the first period, but Angola are starting to grow into the match, setting the encounter up for a more exciting second half.

  21. 44

    Manucho finally gets a shot on goal from a set-play, but send it flying high over the cross-bar. The fourth official signals one minute added time at the end of the half.

  22. 42

    Angola slowly starting to impose themselves on the match, retaining the ball a bit better, but ultimately they are still struggling to get Manucho in the match.

  23. 39

    Angola breaks forward down the left-hand side, but the referee waves away penalty claims after da Costa goes down a little too easily.

  24. 35

    Angola again trying to find Manucho with a long ball, but Mingo Bile puts a shot way wide after gathering the rebound.

  25. 33

    Angola: Manucho booked for a harsh tackle on Adil Hermach.

  26. 32

    Assaidi seems to be the conduit for all Morocco's attacks down the left-hand side. Angola's defence looks like their out of ideas on how to deal with the Liverpool player.

  27. 27

    Angola sitting really deep leaving Manucho to feed off scraps as the back-line try to find him with hopeful long balls.

  28. 24

    Morocco keep finding Assaidi in space on the left hand side, as they look to capitalise on the counter-attack.

  29. 21

    The Morrocans break forward at pace, but Amrabat just fails to control the ball in the box.

  30. 18

    Geraldo fouled by Benatia in a promising area, but the Moroccan wall does well to block the shot, they eventually clear their lines after a scramble for the ball.

  31. 18

    El Ahmadi finding loads of space on the edge of the area to fire his shot away, but it sails past the post. The Atlas Lions seeing lots of the ball with 60% possession so far.

  32. 13

    Morocco looking the better side now, pressing well to regain possession quickly, with Manucho looking isolated up top for the Angolans. Assaidi in particular looks dangerous down the left, as he blazes his shot over the bar.

  33. 9

    El Hamdaoui with a thunderbolt of a shot straight at Mamona Lama, the goalkeeper doing well to push it over the bar, but needs treatment after landing awkwardly. Angola deal with the corner easily.

  34. 4

    Morocco with their first chance of the match after good work from Assaidi down the left hand side, but the keeper just got a touch to push the ball wide. The resulting corner fails to find anyone open in the box.

  35. 3

    Mingo Bile with the first attempt on goal from the right, but neither side in the ascendancy yet.

  36. 1

    And we're under way...

  37. As expected Manucho starts up top for Angola, while it seems Younes Belhanda is still not quite fit enough to start for Morocco and will start this one from the bench.

  38. The Atlas Lions will be without Marouanne Chamakh and Adel Taraabt for the tournament, both of whom failed to impress enough to earn a call-up. Mehdi Namli will also not be involved in South Africa after suffering a knee injury in a warm-up game.

  39. Morocco have only had three AFCON warm-up games, but won two against Niger and Namibia, drawing the other against Zambia.

  40. Angola have won all five of their warm-up matches leading up to the tournament, with a surprising 2-0 win over Cup of Nations defending champions Zambia.

  41. Morocco are 6/5 to beat Angola today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 11/5 for the match to end in a stalemate. Younes Belhanda is 15/2 to score first, while Manucho is at 6/1.

  42. The Moroccans will be making their 15th appearance in the Cup of Nations this year. The Atlas Lions won the tournament in 1976, but have only managed a second place since. Head coach Rachid Taoussi will be looking for improvement from their last campaign, when they failed to progress past the first round.

  43. The 2013 AFCON will mark Angola's seventh participation in African football's showcase event. The Sable Antelopes' best result in the tournament was a quarter-final place in both the 2008 and 2010 editions.

  44. Good evening, I'm Chris Vermeulen and I'll be taking you through the action as Angola take on Morocco in the second group A game of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Kick-off at the National Stadium is scheduled for 21:00 (1900 BST).



Africa Cup of Nations Group A

Africa Cup of Nations
Pos Team P Pts
1 Congo 3 7
2 Equatorial Guinea 3 5
3 Gabon 3 3
4 Burkina 3 1

Africa Cup of Nations Group B

Africa Cup of Nations
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tunisia 3 5
2 DR Congo 3 3
3 Cape Verde 3 3
4 Zambia 3 2

Africa Cup of Nations Group C

Africa Cup of Nations
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ghana 3 6
2 Algeria 3 6
3 Senegal 3 4
4 South Africa 3 1

Africa Cup of Nations Group D

Africa Cup of Nations
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ivory Coast 3 5
2 Guinea 3 3
3 Mali 3 3
4 Cameroon 3 2