The Lone Star of Liberia suffered another heartbreaking defeat to the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in a crucial World Cup qualifying match at the Stadium Anderito Sena in Mindelo, São Vincentè, Cape Verde on Sunday evening.
A Ryan Mendes’ late minute strike saw the Red, White and Blue bowing to their 3rd defeat in the FIFA World Cup African qualifying series.
After a goalless draw in the first period, the Liberians who were looking for a revenge following a dramatic 2-1 defeat to the Cape Verdeans back on Thursday, had a great start in the last period with their first chance coming to front-man Kpah Sherman in the 51st minute.
Unfortunately, the Malaysian based center foward’s shot tipped over the finger of goalkeeper Josimar Dias and went off the woodwork.
Meanwhile, Liberia’s best chance of the contest came in 74th minute, but Moussa Sanoh effort was not good enough to find the back of the net.
However, resilient Cape Verde kept their game up with second half substitute Gilson Tavarés being a real threat for the Liberians in the final stages of the second half.
Tavarés got a terrific header in the 76th minute, but thanks to a Prince Balde’s clearance.
The youngster got another chance 3 minutes later this time, goalkeeper Tommy Songo’s being a top-notch came off his line committing a very breathtaking save between the sticks, though ending up into a corner kick opportunity for the home side.
The Cape Verdeans raised up their game in the final five minutes before full-time to overtake their visitors.
Cape Verde got the required result as captain Ryan Mendes knapped in a strike from outside the 6yard box in the 88th minute this time, going in the low corner of the far post as efforts from Songo’s could not stop the ball from entering.
The win increased the Blue Sharks tally to 7 points, 2 behind group leaders Nigeria.
Cape Verde have now won two games, one lost to the Super Eagles alongside a draw against the Central African Republic (CAR) in four games. They now sit 3 points above Third place CAR and 4 ahead of the Lone Star at the bottom of the log.
Liberia have managed just a single win out of four games losing 3 of those fixtures.
With only a team expected to qualify from this round to the next playoffs, it is obvious that Liberia’s hope for a first ever FIFA World Cup qualifiers now remains absolutely uncertain.
The Lone Star are up next against the Nigeria Super Eagles and CAR in their last two fixtures of the World Cup qualifiers comes November.
Peter Butler’s men lost 2-0 to Nigeria in their opening Group-C’s clash before recording a 1-0 win over CAR back in September.