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June 12, 2006  

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Angola give the Portuguese a tough fight

Angola, World Cup debutants, overcame a nervous start to hold their own against Portugal, who had colonised the African nation for many years.

Pauleta almost scored for Portugal after 12 seconds and did so after four minutes as the Euro 2004 runners-up threatened to run away with their opening Group D clash in a one-sided first 20 minutes.

Angolan captain Akwa (left) and Portuguese skipper Luis Figo exchange balls before the match.

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Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

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