This item, below, from The Guardian’s (excellent) Sports Blog’s weekly round-up of Youtube videos (basically random stuff they dug up from the history of sports) can help get you into the mood for today’s last first round matches:
With the Africa Cup of Nations in full swing, what better time to look back at some of the tournament’s standout matches and moments. In the 86th minute of the 1998 third-place play-off Ibrahima Talle put the host nation Burkina Faso 4-1 up against DR Congo. Sparked by a horrendous piece of goalkeeping, what happens in the next 180 seconds of play is remarkable. Congo would go on to win on penalties; In a similar vein, one of the best games of the 2010 edition was Mali’s comeback from 4-0 down in the last 12 minutes against Angola (well worth watching for the commentator’s evil-supervillain laugh as the equaliser goes in); The 1992 final that ended 11-10 on penalties; One of the best goals scored in a Cup of Nations final – Chérif Oudjani hammering home after a nine-pass move to secure Algeria their first ever title in 1990 in front of a six-figure crowd in Algiers; Zaire’s Mulamba Ndaye [that’s him above in a recent picture] still holds the record for goals scored in a single tournament with nine in 1974 – including both goals in the final. From way back in 1968 – highlights of the final between Congo and Ghana (featuring a unique bit of ‘stretchering off’). And last but not least, here’s Mido calmly accepting his substitution in the 2006 semi-final.