Angola down Libya to clinch bronze, qualify for World Cup

Angola clinched Africa’s last available ticket for the 2020 FIFA Futsal World Cup after beating Libya 2-0 to finish third in Laayoune on Friday night.

Magno Felipe Gomes scored the decisive goal for Angola with just 18 seconds left on the clock after the Libyans had gambled for a power player in the final two minutes of the game to try and mastermind a comeback.

Artur Saddam Samuel Dasilva had given Angola a first half lead in a close tie, a lead they jealously guarded till they added their second in the dying seconds of the game.

A tightly contested opening half saw Angola head to the break with a goal up, Dasilva scoring with three minutes and 26 seconds left on the clock. But, Libya will have only themselves to blame after missing a sitter with barely two minutes left on the clock.

Ali Ibrahim was gifted with the ball after Angola lost possession cheaply and with only the keeper to beat, struck the ball straight to his chest.

Angola had gone ahead with a brilliant goal, Da Silva scoring with a first time shot inside the arc after Magno Felipe Gomes’ pass had found him unmarked.

Before that, both sides had chances with Da Silva having the most for the Angolans. He had two shots, one from a tight angle and the other one on one with the keeper blocked.

Libya had their chances as well. Off a swift counter, Mohamed Suleiman Ghaeb picked out Fadel Sleik well placed inside the arc, but the impressive Angolan keeper Heide Mavanda was quick off his line to narrow the gap and block the shot.

It was a similar contest for the second half with Libya especially pushing for an equalizer. Angola had their keeper Mavanda to thank as he pulled off brilliant saves from Ghaeb and Ibrahim Lahammel to keep his side in the game.

He also made a good reflex save to deny Ali Ibrahim in the final three minuets of the game, before the North Africans went for the power player. But that didn’t yield fruits, as it was counterproductive, Angola adding the second late on.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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