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Cape Verde's journey from potential to promise completed with Portugal win

Cape Verde's 2-0 win in Portugal on Tuesday will be remembered for years to come.
Cape Verde's 2-0 win in Portugal on Tuesday will be remembered for years to come.

People come of age when they move from adolescence to adulthood, but for sports teams that journey is a little more complicated. Theirs is not so much about growing up as it about getting better, which is why Cape Verde's passage from potential to real promise was completed on Tuesday night.

They beat hosts Portugal 2-0 to move from colonised to conquerors. Although the fine print will reveal that the Islanders overcame a second-string Portuguese side with a debutant goalkeeper, and who were...

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Fernando Santos: Portugal distracted during shock Cape Verde Islands loss

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said that his strategy "decided the match" as his team beat Serbia 2-1 in the 2016 European Qualifiers Group I.
Nemanja Matic scored a wondergoal in what was otherwise a dominating performance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos believes his side were distracted as they fell to a shock 2-0 home defeat to Cape Verde Islands in Tuesday's friendly.

Santos fielded an entirely different starting XI to that which beat Serbia 2-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday, with Cristiano Ronaldo left out.

And Cape Verde Islands made them pay as first-half goals from Odair Fortes and Gege sealed a surprise win for the visitors at the Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota.

Portugal's misery was compounded when...

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Cape Verde Islands claim shock win over second-string Portugal

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Cape Verde Islands' Gege celebrates after netting his side's second goal against Portugal.

Portugal felt the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cape Verde Islands on Tuesday.

Head coach Fernando Santos fielded an entirely different starting XI to that which beat Serbia 2-1 in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday.

And Cape Verde Islands made them pay as first-half goals from Odair Fortes and Gege sealed a surprise win for Cape Verde Islands.

Fortes broke the deadlock as his cross-shot caught out goalkeeper Anthony Lopes before Gege doubled their lead by finishing...

Cape Verde, Zambia bow out after goalless draw

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Cape Verde were eliminated after failing to score against Zambia.

The point from a goalless draw at the Estadio de Ebebiyin was not enough to secure Cape Verde a place in the last eight of the African Nations Cup, while 2012 champions Zambia also bowed out.

Had Tunisia beaten the Democratic Republic of Congo in the other Group B decider, Cape Verde would have progressed with their three points from three draws, but it instead finished 1-1 in Bata and DR Congo therefore reached the quarterfinals based on goals scored.

Heavy rain did nothing to aid Zambia's cause...

Cape Verde, DR Congo both earn second draw in goalless affair

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Cape Verde and the Democratic Republic of Congo each picked up their second draw of the African Nations Cup after sharing a 0-0 stalemate in Ebebiyin.

In a game full of attacking endeavour but lacking in quality in the final third, Cape Verde should really have snatched the win in the closing stages but were denied by some brave goalkeeping by veteran Robert Kidiaba.

First, Kidiaba pushed out a header from Odair Fortes before superbly blocking Admilson Gege from the follow-up, then the 38-year-old...