Libya strike late to reach quarterfinals
A late goal from Abdelrahman Fetori helped Libya reach the quarterfinals of the 2014 African Nations Championship as they played to a 2-2 draw against Congo in their Group C encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday night.
Libya went into the game needing at least a point to secure their place but found themselves two goals down just after the break after Moise Nkounkou and Hardy Binguila had found the back of the net for Congo.
However, substitute Abdelsalam Omar pulled one goal back for Javier Clemente’s side, before Fetori scored a dramatic equaliser in added time.
It was the Red Devils who fired the first shot in anger in the 7th minute when Bersyl Obassi had a view of goal, but his effort drifted wide of the target.
Two minutes later Libya were awarded a penalty in a dangerous position, but Mohamed Ghanudi curled his shot just wide.
The Mediterranean Knights had an even better opportunity in the 24th minute when
Ahmed Kamal El Trbi made a great run to connect with a freekick, only to direct his header narrowly wide.
Congo thought they had opened the scoring four minutes later when Obassi got the ball into the back of the net, but the goal was disallowed as the referee had spotted an infringement on the Libyan goalkeeper.
Sebastien Migne’s side did eventually break the deadlock in the 36th minute as Nkounkou placed his low volleyed shot into the bottom right corner from just inside the penalty area.
The Red Devils doubled their lead in the 54th minute as Binguila beat Mohamed Nashnush with a superb strike from long range which brushed the inside of the post before hitting the back of the net.
Libya made their final two substitutions just before the 70th minute and it paid off five minutes later as one of the substitute, Omar, reduced the deficit with a good finish from inside the box after controlling a cross from Faisal Ali.
Congo managed to keep their opponents at bay and seemed to be on their way to the next round until Fetori netted the equaliser with a great strike from outside the box which left the goalkeeper with no chance.
The result saw Libya finishing in second place with five points, two points behind group winners Ghana, while Congo and Ethiopia complete the group with four and zero points, respectively.