Brian Homewood

Cameroon muscle their way into semis

Cameroon have muscled their way to the semifinals of the African Nations Cup, using raw physical power to knock opponents out of their stride. Tunisia, themselves not afraid to put themselves about, were almost literally pushed aside as Cameroon won Monday's quarterfinal 3-2 after extra time.

Nigeria scrape through as Mali bow out

Nigeria scraped into the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals on goal difference after beating Benin 2-0 on Tuesday to set up an appetising clash with hosts and arch-rivals Ghana. The Super Eagles pipped Mali, thumped 3-0 by Côte d'Ivoire in the other Group B game, after both finished level on four points.

Ghana, Guinea through to last eight

Hosts Ghana beat Morocco 2-0 to reach the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals on Monday as the tournament claimed its first coaching victim with Henryk Kasperczak quitting Senegal. Guinea also went into the last eight, following Ghana through from Group A despite managing only a 1-1 draw against rank outsiders Namibia.

Angola hopeful of upsetting Senegal

Angola are hopeful of upsetting favourites Senegal when they meet in their African Nations Cup Group D match on Sunday. South Africa face Tunisia in the other half of a double bill at the Tamale Sports Stadium where all four teams have one point from their opening match.

Guinea stun Morocco, Ghana scrape home

Guinea brought more drama to the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday with a shock 3-2 win over Morocco while hosts Ghana struggled to beat rank outsiders Namibia 1-0. Pascal Feindouno scored twice for Guinea before being sent off for stamping on an opponent in a bad-tempered match.

Lucky Brazil upstaged by Paraguay and Ecuador

Brazil came from behind to beat Uruguay 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday but were upstaged by Paraguay and Ecuador, who both went on scoring sprees. Luis Fabiano scored both goals as Brazil overcame their smaller neighbours in São Paulo on a night when they were heavily indebted to goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Brazil survive Uruguay fightback to win on penalties

Defending champions Brazil reached the Copa America final on Tuesday, beating a feisty Uruguay on penalties after twice surrendering the lead in a 2-2 draw. Maicon put Brazil ahead early on before a floodflight failure stopped the first half of the semifinal for 14 minutes.

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