Morocco and Cape Verde have one point each. Both of them have the opportunity to join South Africa on the top of the league table but first, this 90 minutes.
Cape Verde, the newcomers, will play to make statement while old timers, Morocco have their integrity and future in this tournament at stake. Both teams were held to goalless draws in the last games and a win for either team will improve their chances of progressing into the quarter finals.
21.01 Both team now have 2 points apiece. South Africa holds back its lead of Group A, with 4 points. Morocco faces host South in next match while Cape Verde face bottom placed Angola. The group is still very open.
20.47 5 minutes added on to the second half.
20.45 Morocco intensifying goal attempts as Cape Verde fights to hold the scoreline at 1-1.
20.41 Cape Verde goalkeeper down with unknown injury. Moroccan players complaining its a time wasting strategy.
20.39 The match opens up again with less than 10 minutes of play left. Cape Verde resumes assault on the Morrocan goal, hoping to strike gold.
20.37 Morocco 1-1 Cape Verde. Goal scorer, El Arabi.
20.35 Goooooooooooal!!! The pressure pays out. Morocco equalizes through a well worked out strike.
20.30 Moroccan pressure now high, Cape Verde Defence battle to contain El Arabi as he makes several tat tempts on goal.
20.29 Morocco pressing hard to net a goal while Cape Verde plays hard at pushing back the attack line.
20.27 Another yellow card, El Arabi booked for fouling Neves of Cape Verde. Cape Verde makes first sub, Platini is off, Roni is on.
20.26 Platini, the goal scorer is down after retaliatory kick from a Moroccan player. Emotions high.
20.24 Emotions running high between the team. Barrada of Morocco and Nando of Cape Verde now have yellow cards.
20.22 Moroccan Belhanda gets his second yellow card of the tournament. He automatically misses the next match with host South Africa on Sunday.
20.13 Morocco, hoping to increase the pressure on Cape Verde makes second substitution.
20.08 Cape Verde is a little withdrawn in the match, seemingly in a defensive and delay-the-match mood.
20.04 Second half begins. Morocco in early substitution as El Arabi replaces Amarati.
19.48 First half over, Cape Verde leads Morocco by one goal scored by Platini. It is Cape Verde’s First Nations Cup goal.
19.46 Two minutes added on to the first half.
19.39 Ball possession is shared equally by both teams. Morocco will have to fight its way back into the game to earn a chance of progressing beyond this stage.
19.37 Cape Verde’s Mendes receives a yellow card for a handball right in front of the referee.
19.35 Cape Verde goes one goal up, ahead of Morocco. Goal scored by 26 year old Platini.
19.34 Good effort from Platini of Cape Verde after he shot a direct attempt on target but it was punched away by the Moroccan goalkeeper.
19.30 Morocco 0-0 Cape Verde
19.24 Cape Verde misses the kick but Morocco is down with a yellow card.
19.21 Cape Verde wins a free kick just at the edge of the Moroccan 18 yard box.
19.17 Offside given against Barrada of Morocco.
19.16 Cape Verde makes two clumsy attempts on goal.
19.14 Cape Verde earns a free kick about 30 yards away, but it is quickly punched away by the Moroccan goalkeeper.
19.12 Both teams come into this match with one point each after playing goalless draws in their last matches.
19.10 Morocco 0-0 Cape Verde
19.09 Morocco creating the chances but cape Verde doing well to defend.
19.07 Both sides looking comfortable and searching for goal, but no real attempts on goals yet.
19.03 Match started. Both teams showing strength and great football. Better than last games.