In a first for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola played out a goalless draw against Mauritania in Suez on Saturday afternoon.
With neither side able to secure an opening day win, both were in need of a win to truly get up and running. However, there was little on display to suggest this was the case.
Angola began on the front foot and had the first clear chance on the day. Striker Gelson Dala played in Djalma after a jinking run, and the Alanyaspor winger rounded Mauritania goalkeeper Brahim Souleymane, but his weak finish was cleared short of the goal line by Khassa Camara.
Dala would again lay a gilt-edged chance on a plate in the second period, running in the right-hand channel before cutting the ball across the box to Wilson Eduardo, who contrived to poke wide of an open goal from less than six yards out.
Geraldo had the ball in the back of the net late on, after latching on to a deflected cross at the back post, but his effort was ruled out for offside.
The result means both Angola and Mauritania will require wins in their final Group E matches – against Mali and Tunisia respectively – to stand a chance of advancing to the Round of 16.