Result: Cape Verde denied win by Morocco

Cape Verde are denied their first ever win at a major tournament as they draw 1-1 with Morocco in Group A of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Cape Verde have been denied their first ever win at a major tournament in a 1-1 draw with Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Cape Verde Islands Luis 'Platini' Soares is congratulated by team mate Ryan Mendes after scoring the opening goal in the Africa Cup of Nations match against Morocco on January 23, 2013© PA Photos

The stalemate has left both sides with two points from two games in Group A as hosts South Africa top the table with four points.

The Blue Sharks took the lead on 35 minutes as Platini's pace allowed the forward to surge into the box and clip the ball past the onrushing Nadir Lamyaghri.

Morocco's Youssef El Arabi celebrates scoring the equaliser in the Africa Cup of Nations match against the Cape Verde Islands on January 23, 2013© PA Photos

However, Morocco saw their second-half dominance count in the 80th minute as Youssef El-Arabi fired in following Abdelaziz Barrada's run.

Mehdi Benatia
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