TUE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

2 Benin
VS
0 Cape Verde

Benin, Cape Verde battle for group stage berth

Benin, Cape Verde battle for group stage berth
Cape Verde

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 12:00

Benin and Cape Verde will battle over a group stage berth when they meet in a first round 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations knockout match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, kick-off at 18h00 local Ghanaian time.

Known by the nickname ‘The Squirrels’, Benin will be making their third appearance at the WAFU Cup of Nations.

They debuted in the 2010 edition in Nigeria, where they finished bottom of their group after losses to the hosts and Guinea, while their second showing at the 2013 edition in Ghana saw them finish second in their group behind the hosts before losing the third-place playoff to Togo.

Known by the nickname ‘Blue Sharks’, Cape Verde will be making their second appearance at the WAFU Cup, though they are yet to actually play an official match in the competition.

They were part of the field at the inaugural tournament in Ivory Coast 2002 which was cancelled due to the outbreak of civil war, and didn’t make the cut for the 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions.

Benin’s locally-based side were recently in action when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Nigeria in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 African Nations Championship.

Cape Verde did not enter that competition, though their full senior side made headlines earlier this month by defeating South Africa in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers.

Benin and Cape Verde will be meeting in their first official international match, according to FIFA’s statistical database.

The winners of this match will occupy position 4 in Group 2 and face either Ivory Coast or Togo in their opening second round match.

Second half whirlwind from Benin downs Cape Verde

Second half whirlwind from Benin downs Cape Verde
Koukpo Marcellin of Benin challenged by Semedo Paiva Dario Filipe of Cape Verde during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Benin and Cape Verde at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 12 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 22:06

Second half goals from Ibrahim Ogoulola and Agnide Osseni handed Benin a 2-0 win over Cape Verde in a Last 16, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 12.

Two minutes into the game Benin were lucky to still have a full complement of players when their goalkeeper, Steve Glodjinon, brought down Euclides Ramos just outside the box.

Despite being the last man, the referee only branded Glodjinon with a yellow card.

From the resulting free-kick, Euclides Ramos’ 22-yard strike hit the side netting.

That was about as exciting as the first half got with both sides squandering possession in the final third of the field.

The next decent scoring chance came on the stroke of half time when Idihamin da Conceicao met a corner with a strong header, but his ten-yard effort was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Benin’s keeper.

The half ended goalless.

The first chance of the second half came ten minutes after the restart when Cape Verde’s Euclides Ramos drove into the box from the right flank, but his powerful 16-yard strike was palmed away by the keeper.

In the 63rd minute Benin took the lead with a dynamite shot from Ibrahim Ogoulola which found the corner of the net from just inside the box, 1-0.

Five minutes later Euclides Ramos nearly levelled matters for Cape Verde when his long range free-kick was tipped over the crossbar by the keeper.

Ibrahim Ogoulola almost found his second goal of the game in the 80th minute, but his thunderbolt volley from 20-yards out was magnificently touched over the target by the Cape Verde keeper.

Agnide Osseni wrapped-up matters on the night with Benin’s second goal in the dying seconds of the match after concluding a well-worked passing move with a clinical finish, 2-0.

Benin (0) 2 (Ogoulola 63’, Osseni 90’)
Cape Verde (0) 0

Teams

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 5. Salomon, 18. Counou, 12. Bay-Yere, 8. Mama, 15. Ogoulola, 11. Gomez, 9. Saliou (4. Hougbedji 56’), 17. Aboki (13. Osseni 76’), 10. Koukpo.

Cape Verde coach: Janito Carvalho

Cape Verde: 12. M Gomes, 3. A Gomes, 4. Andrade, 13. Da Conceicao (11. Varela 83’), 15. Morais, 20. Semedo, 22. J D Monteiro, 8. Pina (9. Lopes 69’), 7. Ramos, 10. Vaz da Costa (6. Dos Santos 60’), 18. J E Monteiro.

Starting Lineup

Benin : Steve Glodjinon, Charbel Codjo Gomez, Rodrigue Fassinou, Ibrahim Ogoulola, Junior Salomon, Seibou Mama, Mama Sanni Bah Yere, Saliou Idrissou, Marcellin Degnon Koukpo, Wariss Gbetognon Aboki, Paterne Counou

Cape Verde : Kelvi, Admar, Blessed, Djem's, Arlindo 'Tchubasco', Dario, Dario Paiva, Panduro, Fifa, Killy, Latche

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
2' Steve Glodjinon (Benin) is cautioned.
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
56' Benin: Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji replaces Saliou Idrissou
63' Ibrahim Ogoulola (Benin) scores!
69' Cape Verde: RO Romario replaces Fifa
76' Benin: Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni replaces Wariss Gbetognon Aboki
83' Cape Verde: Kudo replaces Djem's
90' Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni (Benin) scores!
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
BENIN GOALS CAPE VERDE GOALS
Ibrahim Ogoulola (63')
Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni (90')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
BENIN STARTING LINEUP CAPE VERDE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
2'
0
Goalkeeper
0
0
Defender
0
Defender
63'
0
Defender
0
Defender
2
Midfielder
0
0
Midfielder
0
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
83'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
69'
0
Midfielder
56'
0
Forward/Striker
0
Midfielder
76'
0
Forward/Striker
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji
Midfielder
56'
0
RO Romario
Forward/Striker
69'
0
Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni
Midfielder
76'
0
Kudo
Midfielder
83'
0
CARDS
Steve Glodjinon
Goalkeeper
2'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury