Football - 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Finals - Morocco v Cape Verde - Moses Mabhida Stadium - DurbanCape Verde will certainly be the happier of the two sides following their 1-1 draw with Morocco on Wednesday night in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash in Durban.

There might be a twinge of disappointment from the islanders that they let a lead slip relatively late on, but the result still leaves qualification in their own hands.

If they can beat Angola on Sunday they will advance to the quarterfinals, no matter what the result in the other match between Morocco and South Africa, and that is perhaps as much as coach Lucio Antunes could have hoped for in this tournament.

To be given the right to go out and win a game for a place in the quarterfinals is a fantastic for Cape Verde in their first appearance at this level and they certainly worked hard for the honour against Morocco, for large parts of the game outplaying their more illustrious opponents.

The Cape Verdians showed that they are a team of grafters, mixed in with some decent ball-players, such as the excellent Ryan Mendes. But they have a great team spirit and are enjoying being on the big stage and that can sometimes elevate a side beyond their usual capabilities.

Morocco are at the other end of the scale, a team battling with themselves and failing to find anywhere near to their potential.

They came into this tournament certainly expecting to get out of Group A, at the very least, but now face a difficult final match against the hosts South Africa that if they don?t win will see them head home early again.

They just never quite got going against Cape Verde, too timid in attack, too laboured in the midfield. It was their second lackluster performance of the tournament following their opener against Angola, when they were fortunate to escape with a 0-0 draw.

They have never beaten South Africa before, so history beckons, but they will have to do a whole lot better than they showed tonight to advance to the quarterfinals.



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