Ethiopia beat Uganda 2-0 in the first match of the 10th African Nations Cup soccer finals held at the Addis Ababa stadium, Ethiopia, on Sunday (29 February).
GV EXTERIOR Addis Ababa Soccer Stadium
GV National dancers performing before start of match
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV National dancer carrying football, leading others from pitch .. ZOOM INTO Flags
GV Ethiopian team in dark jerseys playing from left to right gain free kick
SV Ethiopian forward Teka heads first goal for Ethiopia direct from free kick, and cowed cheers
GV Ethiopia attack and gain corner
SV Uganda's goal-keeper, Matovu punches clear from corner
SV Uganda form attack; Ethiopia quickly breaks and ball runs free to Ugandan goal-keeper
GV PAN Ugandans form attack from throw by goal-keeper; Ugandan forward shoots over bar
SV & GV Crowd with lighted beacons at end of game (2 shots)
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Background: Ethiopia beat Uganda 2-0 in the first match of the 10th African Nations Cup soccer finals held at the Addis Ababa stadium, Ethiopia, on Sunday (29 February).
Many of the 27,000 fans who packed the stadium for the match became so excited at the end result that they set their programme alight as the game finished.
The Ethiopians got off to a fast start and took the lead after only two minutes when left winger, Solomon Shiferaw, rose majestically to nod the ball into the corner of the net from a free kick taken just outside the penalty area.
For 10 minutes after scoring their first goal, the Ethiopians continued to put on the pressure. The Ugandan players were obviously having a loot of trouble keeping the ball under control on the slippery field, wet after heavy rain.
However they gradually got back into the game, but their attack, especially left winger Denis Opua, could not take advantage of some good chances in front of the goal.
Their best chance came in the 32nd minute when centre forward, Leo Adra, volleyed a shot from just outside the Ethiopian penalty area - but the ball skimmed just over the crossbar.
Ethiopia had several good attacks after their first goal but the Uganda defence settled down well to hold them. Ugandan goalkeeper, Hussen Matoyu, made a great save to push a header from Ethiopian inside forward, Tesfaye, around the post 12 minutes from half time.
Into the second half the Ethiopians missed several good chances before a shot from Tesfaye went into the net and with it went Uganda's hopes of saving the game.