Courtesy of afcononline.com
Algeria became the first casualty at the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of Nations after suffering a 0-2 loss to Togo in their Group D fixture on Saturday in Rustenburg.
A goal in either half by Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor and Dove Wome saw Algeria taste their second successive loss at the tournament and also the first team to crash out of the tournament.
The Desert Foxes, like in their opening match against Tunisia which they lost by a lone goal, dominated play but failed to convert their control of the game into goals.
The match was without controversy, witnessing additional 13-minutes, after play was halted when the goalpost was knocked by an Algerian player. Togo goalie Agassa Kossi also pulled out some spectacular saves to deny the Algerians any hope of coming back in the game.
Algeria attacked from the onset with Sofiane Feghouli, Djmael Mesbah and Foued Kadri having attempts at goal in the opening minutes. On 24 minutes, Feghouli’s corner was met by Adlene Guedioura's head but Agassa responded with a fine save. Minutes later, the Togo goalie again scored full marks with a firm grab of Mehdi Lacen’s goalbound shot.
On 32 minutes, Togo went up through star-man Adebayor, who controlled Moustapha Salifou’s header before firing past Algeria goalie Rais Mbolhi.
Just before recess, the Desert Foxes had a good turn at goal but Islam Slimani was yet again denied the equalizer by Agassa from close range.