Afcon 2023: Angola 3-0 Namibia – Gelson Dala nets twice to book quarter-final place

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Gelson Dala peels away in celebration after scoring for Angola against Namibia at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
Gelson Dala (centre, wearing 10) has four goals at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations and is one behind top scorer Emilio Nsue of Equatorial Guinea

Gelson Dala scored twice as Angola shrugged off the early dismissal of goalkeeper Neblu to beat 10-man Namibia and reach the quarter-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Neblu was shown a straight red in the 17th minute for handling Bethuel Muzeu’s shot outside his box, but Dala put Angola in front with a tap-in seven minute before the break.

And, two minutes after Namibia defender Lubeni Haukongo was sent off for a second bookable offence, Dala doubled Angola’s lead by powerfully heading home Fredy’s free-kick.

Mabululu’s neat finish following a swift counter-attack midway through the second half wrapped up victory and sent the Palancas Negras into the last eight for the first time since 2010.

Angola will face the winners of the last 16 tie between Nigeria and Cameroon later on Saturday (20:00 GMT) in the next round.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Angola

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Cipriano da CruzBooked at 17mins
  • 21Melo Afonso
  • 6Gaspar
  • 3Buatu Mananga
  • 13de Jesus Corte Real Carneiro
  • 16Kulembe Gomes RibeiroSubstituted forCabaça Salvadorat 70′minutes
  • 23da Silva Cafumana
  • 20Tualungo Paulo LameirasSubstituted forSignori Dominiqueat 20′minutes
  • 7VieiraSubstituted forKelianoat 70′minutes
  • 19PaciênciaSubstituted forBelaat 84′minutes
  • 10Muondo DalaSubstituted forSebastião Luvumboat 84′minutes
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Substitutes

  • 1Signori Dominique
  • 4Keliano
  • 5Cunga Balanga
  • 9Cabaça Salvador
  • 11Mendes João Milson
  • 12Manuel Monteiro
  • 15Sebastião Luvumbo
  • 17Lourenço Pinto de Almeida Paz
  • 18Bela
  • 25Ferreira dos Santos

Namibia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kazapua
  • 20Kamberipa
  • 12AmutenyaSubstituted forGebhardtat 60′minutes
  • 21HaukongoBooked at 40mins
  • 4Hanamub
  • 18Petrus
  • 6KatuaSubstituted forShitembiat 60′minutes
  • 9MuzeuSubstituted forKambatoat 70′minutes
  • 10TjiuezaSubstituted forIimbondiat 23′minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 7Hotto
  • 13Shalulile

Substitutes

  • 2Haoseb
  • 3Gebhardt
  • 5Hambira
  • 8Kambato
  • 11Iimbondi
  • 14Kamatuka
  • 15Papama
  • 16Ndisiro
  • 17Rudath
  • 19Shitembi
  • 22Nyambe
  • 23Maova

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