MALABO -- Angola was eliminated from the African Cup of Nations on Monday after a 2-0 loss to already-qualified Ivory Coast allowed Sudan to squeeze into the quarterfinals. Emmanuel Eboue scored in the 32nd minute and Wilfried Bony added a second in the 64th as cup favourite Ivory Coast sealed a third straight victory and first place in Group B. The result meant Sudan progressed in second place on goal difference after beating Burkina Faso 2-1 in the other group match. Burkina Faso was already out. Ivory Coast, which made nine changes to its starting lineup against Angola, will play co-host Equatorial Guinea in the last eight, while Sudan will play Zambia. "We know the match against Equatorial Guinea will be very hard because its against the organizing country and they are playing on their home pitch," Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui said. Angola had needed only a draw to guarantee progression and coach Lito Vidigal cut a sullen figure as he faced reporters after the match. "We lost because we played against a very strong team in Ivory Coast, which is one of the main candidates to win this tournament," he said. "We did a good job and worked hard, but unfortunately we couldnt quite make it." Already safely into the quarterfinals, captain Didier Drogba was among those rested for Ivory Coast, with just central defenders Kolo Toure and Souleymane Bamba retained from the 2-0 win against Burkina Faso. Drogba came on as a second-half substitute. "Ill have a very difficult decision to make for the next match," Zahoui said. "I know Ill have this problem of too much choice, but Id rather have this problem than not have enough options." Vidigal was forced into a goalkeeping change with Wilson replacing the suspended Carlos Fernandes, while Dede was preferred to Flavio. Ivory Coast winger Max Gradel had the first opening after turning on a throw-in and rifling a shot straight at Wilson from a tight angle in the fifth minute. Bony broke through the middle shortly after and drilled a low shot that forced Wilson to dive to his right and tip the ball round the post in the 15th minute. Neither team found much rhythm during the opening stages in the eerie atmosphere of the near-empty Nuevo Estadio de Malabo. Kolo Toure blasted a low shot wide after a free kick was nudged to him in the 23rd, while Andre Macanga sliced a long-range effort off-target for Angola soon after. Bony made the opening goal after a strong run into the box before sending a cross into the middle that Miguel Quiami failed to clear. Eboue forced the loose ball home. Eboue was joined by Drogba and Ivory Coasts other rested stars for a jig at the corner flag in celebration. In the other Group B match in Bata, Sudan led Burkina Faso 1-0 at halftime to leave the second qualification spot finely balanced. At that stage, another goal for Ivory Coast would have eliminated Angola and the opening 15 minutes of the second half were tense. Angolas defence then pressed the self-destruct button again as Dany Massunguna headed a long pass from Ivory Coast substitute Abdul Kader Keita over his own goalkeeper to present Bony with an open goal in the 64th minute. Angola pressured in the final stages but was unable to pierce an Ivory Coast defence that earned its third straight clean sheet. "We know if we leave here not having gone all the way, everything that we have done up to now will be in vain," Zahoui said. "Ill be really happy when I have reached the goal of really pleasing the Ivorians that are supporting us. There are a lot of prayers behind us." http://www.cheapnfljerseybest.com/mlb-jerseys/
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Nothing went right and now the Kansas City Chiefs are the NFLs lone unbeaten team. He lost a fumble, threw an interception and was sacked four times -- twice by Robert Mathis, one of the few remaining holdovers from the Manning era. Broncos kick returner Trindon Holliday fumbled twice, losing one that led to a Colts touchdown. Denvers defence committed inexplicable penalties throughout the second half, giving the Colts more opportunities than they needed, and the Broncos last good chance fizzled when Denver running back Ronnie Hillman lost a fumble inside the Colts 5-yard line with 3:03 left in the game. With Luck and the Colts repeatedly taking advantage, even Manning couldnt rescue the Broncos. While Manning finished with solid numbers, 29 of 49 for 386 yards with three TD passes, he certainly wasnt himself. Passes fluttered, passes sailed, passes were broken up. Luck was 21 of 38 for 228 yards with three scores and no turnovers in ending Denvers pursuit of perfection. Indianapolis (5-2) extended its lead in the AFC South and still hasnt lost consecutive games since Luck arrived in the NFL last year. "This is a game we need to learn from. We, I guess, had four turnovers and still somehow had a chance to win that game," Manning said. "I would have liked to have seen it go to a two-point game down there toward the end and see what would have happened, but it never quite got to that point. You can go back to different parts of the game and we got behind, mistakes there, but we still had a chance there at the end. We certainly have to improve from this game because we werent as sharp execution-wise as wed like to be." Admittedly, this was no typical night for Manning. The weekends marquee matchup was the NFLs most anticipated homecoming since Brett Favre went back to Green Bay -- with the dreaded Minnesota Vikings -- in 2009. Indys former franchise quarterback dealt with questions all week about owner Jim Irsays most recent comments expressing disappointment with winning just one Super Bowl title during the Manning yearss, then arrived to find out the roof and window at Lucas Oil Stadium would be open on a chilly night inside the house he helped build.dddddddddddd And when he first ran onto the field, some sections in the lower bowl looked like a checkerboard of Colts blue and Broncos orange. They roared for No. 18 throughout a 90-second video tribute featuring some of his most memorable moments with the Colts including the record-breaking pass to Marvin Harrison for most TDs by a quarterback-receiver duo, the AFC championship comeback against New England and, of course, the evening when he finally hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in rainy Miami. Manning responded to the standing ovation by stopping his warm-up throws, taking off his helmet, waving to the fans and mouthing the words "Thank you." The large video screen then cut to a fan holding a sign that that read "Thanks Peyton But Tonight Im A Colts Fan." Afterward, he acknowledged it was an emotional game. But the Broncos were dealing with far bigger issues on the field. After Holliday fumbled, Luck hooked up with Darrius Heyward-Bey on the next play to give Indy a 10-7 lead. Mathis second-quarter strip sack forced a safety and Luck found Stanley Havili for a 20-yard TD pass after the free kick to make it 19-14. Indy never trailed again. "Thats my job, thats how I help my team," Mathis said. "It felt good." The Colts extended the lead to 26-14 at halftime and 33-14 in the third quarter when Luck scrambled for a 10-yard TD during a drive on which four flags came out on Denver defenders. Then Manning rallied the Broncos, throwing a 31-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas early in the fourth and handing off to Knowshon Moreno for a 1-yard TD run to make it 36-30 with 8:44 left in the game. Denver forced a punt, giving Manning another chance as the stadium noise subsided. But on the first play, Erik Walden hit Mannings arm and Pat Angerer picked it off to set up Adam Vinatieris 42-yard field goal. "Hopefully well have a chance to play these guys again because that would mean we made the playoffs," Manning said. "I think if there is a next time it may be a little bit easier just because it was somewhat of an emotional week and it can be a little bit draining, I will say that." NOTES: The game could prove costly for both teams. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey left in the second quarter with a left foot injury, the same foot that kept him out of the first five games this season. Indy lost Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne in the fourth quarter with what team officials called a sprained right knee. Wayne is expected to have an MRI on Monday. ... Colts cornerback Vontae Davis mistakenly referred to Manning as Tom Brady during a postgame interview on NBC. ... 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