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Angola capitalised on poor defending by Burkina Faso to win their opening Africa Cup of Nations Group B game 2-1 on Sunday. Mateus and Manucho scored in the second half for Angola, with Alain Traoré scoring a superb equaliser in between.

Burkina Faso were badly let down by their defence as their forwards created more than enough chances to win the game. Angola join Ivory Coast on three points after the Elephants beat Sudan 1-0 earlier on Sunday.

The first half, while far from a classic, produced chances for both sides, with Angola looking slightly more dangerous. But the game burst into life three minutes after the break when a sequence of mistakes in the Burkina area ended with Amadou Tall losing possession to Mateus who cut inside and fired a left-foot shot past Daouda Diakité.

Burkina conjured up a superb equaliser 10 minutes later when Traoré curled a 25-metre free-kick around the wall leaving Carlos Fernandes stranded.

The goal brought the Stallions to life and they looked capable of winning the match until the defence lost possession again. This time Manucho benefited and he fired a left-foot shot past the stunned Diakité from outside the area.

Burkina Faso were far from finished and Beli Moumouni Dagano should have equalised when he was allowed a free header from close range but his effort went straight to a grateful Fernandes. Dagano was denied again by the goalkeeper as Angola, who resorted to blatant time-wasting, were forced to defend desperately.

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