South Africa eases past Angola

Updated 24 January 2013
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South Africa eases past Angola

DURBAN, South Africa: Hosts South Africa got their African Nations Cup campaign back on track with a convincing 2-0 win over Angola in Durban yesterday to go top of Group A.
Defender Siyabonga Sangweni handed them a 30th-minute lead with a far post volley and a solo effort from substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro doubled the advantage just after the hour mark.
South Africa had put on a poor show in drawing their opening match against Cape Verde on Saturday, but after making five changes for Wednesday’s game produced a much more convincing performance.
They now have four points from their first two matches while Angola have one, having not scored in their two encounters at the 16-nation tournament.
Togo coach seethes over ‘legitimate’ goal
Meantime, Togo’s French coach Didier Six was still seething yesterday over his team’s disallowed goal in a 2-1 Africa Cup of Nations Group D defeat to Ivory Coast in Rustenburg the previous day.
Togo canceled out Yaya Toure’s opener when Jonathan Ayite struck in first-half stoppage time, and had the ball in the back of the net off a corner after the break.
But that effort was ruled out by Cameroon referee Alioum Neant, apparently because the corner had been taken too quickly.
Arsenal’s Gervinho then compounded Togo’s plight with the winner two minutes from time.
Six was so upset he stormed out of the post-match press conference, and his ire had not subsided at the team’s training camp here.
“There were too many refereeing mistakes. It’s not an excuse, but there were too many abnormal decisions,” he told AFP.
“Notably this goal, which was totally legitimate.
“The referee blew his whistle, that means the player can play!
“He sees the Ivorians aren’t ready, and as he’s scared of a big circus act he makes them play it again.
“If one has to wait for the men who are higher up the pecking order to be ready, he should tell us!“
Asked if he had tackled the referee on his decision, Six shook his head.
“That wouldn’t have achieved anything, the match was over. But, in contrast, I can express my unhappiness in another way.”
On his premature exit from the press conferencne, he added: “I was obliged to turn up at the press conference otherwise I would have been fined.
“These mistakes must be stopped, for us and for others.
“If my brief intervention at the press conference can stir up (organizers) CAF on the refereeing front, that will be better for everyone.”
Reflecting on the outcome of the game, Six said: “We managed to contain or even more the Ivory Coast. Sabri (Lamouchi, the Ivorian coach), who is a friend, said to me ‘we didn’t deserve to win today’.

“It’s always easy to say that when you have the three points, but it’s true.”


Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

Updated 25 April 2018
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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

MUNICH: Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half winner on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
Joshua Kimmich had put the home side in front, but Marcelo equalized before the interval. Asensio came after the break and Lukas Vazquez set up the 22-year-old to claim Madrid’s second away goal 12 minutes into the second half.
The result puts the two-time defending champions in a favorable position before the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday, though Zinedine Zidane’s side will be wary after conceding three goals at home to Juventus in the previous round.
Bayern had to substitute the injured Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng in the first half, but the side had plenty of chances to score more goals with Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski all missing good opportunities.
Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the first time in the competition this season. The Portuguese star had an effort ruled out in the second half for using his arm to control the ball.
Bayern, which is chasing a treble in Jupp Heynckes’ last season in charge, was hoping to make up for last year’s exit to Madrid, and for the Spanish side’s 5-0 aggregate win at the same stage in 2014.