AFCON 2023: Cape Verde destroy hapless Mozambique to advance to knockout stage

AFCON 2023: Cape Verde destroy hapless Mozambique to advance to knockout stage

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 18:00 - 19.01.2024

Cape Verde crushed Mozambique 3-0 to confirm their place in the knockout stages of AFCON 2023.

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Cape Verde vs Mozambique - How it happened

Looking to build on their opening-game victory over Ghana, Cape Verde started brightly and Mozambique goalkeeper Ernani was forced to make an early save to deny Deroy Duarte.

 Bebé was next to threaten as he left the bar shaking from a free kick from distance, but he would go one better just after the half-hour mark with a fiercely hit effort thatwas full of dip and swerve but was still straight at the goalkeeper who should have done better as he parried the ball into the net to make it 1-0. 

 Any hopes of a comeback were quickly quashed after the break when Edmilson Dove was robbed of the ball on the edge of his area by Ryan Mendes who kept his cool to beat Ernani and make it 2-0. 

 Cape Verde would put the game beyond doubt with just over 20 minutes to go as Mendes bagged his second.

The victory means that Cape Verde have already won the group after winning both of their games.