Broken goalposts interrupted Algeria vs Togo game | inside World Soccer

Algeria and Togo's Africa Cup of Nations match on Saturday was held up for more than 15 minutes after the Togolese goalposts were broken and had to be taken down and fixed.

A near collapse of the goalpost on the Togo end of the field forced the referee to halt the game
A near collapse of the goalpost on the Togo end of the field forced the referee to halt the game

Photo: Eurosport

With Algeria trailing 1-0 with just four minutes of normal time remaining, Adlene Guedioura hauled himself on to the netting in frustration after another attempt on goal came to nothing.

Play continued for a few moments until Madagascan referee Hamada Namplandraza noticed that the goal frame started leaning out of shape.

The woodwork eventually had to be removed and reinstalled as bemused players and 20,000 spectators at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium watched on.

To complete the farce, instead of playing out the last four minutes and whatever stoppage time there was, Namplandraza added an extra 16 minutes to the match.

"The stoppage helped us to score our second goal," said Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa after Dové Wome wrapped up the match shortly after the resumption of play with a neatly taken goal.


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