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Surprises cease for the time being in Angola

January 20, 2010

Ghana, Egypt and Nigeria are the latest teams to book their places in the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations, as the early series of surprise results failed to lead to a surprising knockout stage line-up.

Ghana progressed yesterday with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso. The Black Stars had lost to Cote D’Ivoire, but this win took second place in the three-team group. They will face hosts Angola in the quarter-finals.

Nigeria's Peter Odemwingie celebrates putting his side through - BBC

Today, Egypt sealed top spot witha comfortable 2-0 win over Benin. Ahmed Al Muhammadi’s cross somehow went in before Emad Moteab scored another goal to add to his tournament tally. He is the tournament’s form player and will look to extend his scoring run against their quarter-final opponents, who will be determined tomorrow. The Pharoahs are the only team to win all three of their group games, with their best performance coming in the 3-1 win over Nigeria, who took second place with a 3-0 win over Mozambique.

The Mamba had still harboured ambitions of a top-two finished but were unable to adequately compete with the pace and power of the Super Eagles, who went ahead when Peter Odemwingie lashed home before half time. He added a second soon after the break following good work from Everton’s Yakubu. Obafemi Martins completed the win after tapping home a rebound following Rafel’s save from John Obi Mikel.

Their opponents will also be determined tomorrow, when Cameroon meet Tunisia and Gabon meet Zambia, with all four teams still in with a shout of making the quarters.

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