Blue Sharks Swallow Up The Mambas And In Spectacular Fashion.

Blue Sharks Swallow Up The Mambas And In Spectacular Fashion.

Former Manchester United forward Bebe fired home a free kick from some 35 metres out in the 32nd minute with captain Ryan Mendes scoring their second soon after the break at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium. Another long-range shot, this time from Kevin Pina, made it 3-0 in the 69th minute.

After two rounds of group matches at the tournament in the Ivory Coast, Cape Verde sit on six points, out of the reach of Egypt on two and Ghana and Mozambique on one each.

Bebe’s astonishingly powerful free kick in the 32nd minute was hit from closer to the halfway line than the Mozambican goal, swerving violently in the air and going through the hands of goalkeeper Ernan.

Bebe, now at Rayo Vallecano, served notice of his set-piece prowess with a rasping effort eight minutes earlier. It was around five metres closer than his later effort, but rattled the Mozambique crossbar.

Cape Verde’s second in the 51st minute came after a horror error from Mozambique centre back Edmilson, dispossessed in his own area when he had plenty of time to clear the ball, and fired home by Mendes.

Pina’s goal was another breathtaking strike, from halfway inside the Mozambican half and struck with venom, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

Mozambique rarely troubled their opponents in the Lusophone derby despite their heroics of Sunday when they came within minutes of an upset win over Egypt.

They were awarded a penalty five minutes before halftime when Geny Catamo appeared to have been sandwiched between two Cape Verde defenders but it was ruled as no foul after a VAR check.

Mozambique remain without a win in their Cup of Nations history with a record of two draws and 12 losses in 14 past matches.

Cape Verde, with a population of some 600,000, complete their group against Egypt on Monday while Mozambique meet Ghana in the other group game at the same time. Both will be in Abidjan where two stadiums are being used for the 24-team tournament.

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