Cape Verde progress to the Africa Cup of Nations knockout round, after thumping Mozambique 3-0 in Group B out in Ivory Coast.
Mozambique appeared unsettled right from the beginning of the match, committing two turnovers just outside their box in the early minutes of the game.
Their nervousness proved detrimental as, in the 32nd minute, Tiago Manuel Dias Correia (commonly known as Bebe) unleashed a powerful shot into the back of the net, giving his team the lead heading into halftime.
In the second half, Mozambique faced a further setback when Kaizer Chiefs defender Edmilson Dove lost possession, allowing Ryan Mendes to extend the Blue Sharks’ lead.
The situation escalated for the Mambas when Kevin Pina’s powerful strike from outside the box in the 69th minute extended the lead to three on the scoreboard and ensured that they became the first nation to progress to the knockout stage.
The Blue Sharks have maintained a threatening presence in the early stages of Afcon, and their supporters can take pride in how the team has composed themselves against their opponents.
THE BIG LOSER
The Mambas faced difficulties finding their rhythm and appeared a shadow of themselves after securing a 2-2 draw against Egypt. They will head back to the drawing board, aiming to make adjustments ahead of their final group match.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Cape Verde are set to face Egypt on Monday, January 22.
While, Mozambique will go up against Ghana on the same day.