Magical Mali comeback from 4-down to draw with Angola (video)

Angola 4 – Mali 4 (African Cup of Nations, January 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) The African Cup of Nations kicked off with a patchy opening 36 minutes between Angola and Mali, but then the 11th of November stadium erupted as Flavio was left unmarked to head in a fierce inswinging free-kick. In the 42nd minute Angola doubled their advantage as Mabina whipped in a cross and Flavio was again on hand to guide in a header. Mali fell to pieces after the break, totally disjointed and unable to build an attack, and under ugly foul from Bagayoko taking down Gilberto in the box in the 66th minute saw Gilberto step up himself and score after the ref ordered the initial spot-kick to be retaken. Mali then suffered the humiliation of conceding a fourth, former Manchester United striker Manucho netting a second Angolan penalty. Mali netted a face saving goalie courtesy of a blunder from home keeper Fernandez that allowed Barca’s Seydou Kieta to bundled the ball over the line. Freddie Kanoute headed what looked like a second consolation for Mali at the end, and in the 92nd minute Seydou Kieta bagged his second to set up a tense and unlikely finish. Then, capping one of the craziest games seen in years, Mali came back from 4-down with 16 minutes on the clock as Fernandez dropped another clanger to gift Mustapha Yatabara an equaliser.