Mali beat Mauritania; Gambia stun Tunisia to march on in AFCON 2021

Mali finished top of Group F after a 2-0 win over west African neighbours Mauritania in the late game in Douala, with Massadio Haidara giving them a second-minute lead before Ibrahima Kone added a penalty early in the second half.

AFP , Thursday 20 Jan 2022,
Mali s Yves Bissouma, left, is challenged by Mauritania s IBodda Mouhsine, during the African Cup of
Mali s Yves Bissouma, left, is challenged by Mauritania s IBodda Mouhsine, during the African Cup of Nations 2022 group F soccer match between Mali and Mauritania at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. AP

It was a third successful penalty in as many games for Norway-based striker Kone, as Mauritania go home without a point or a goal.

Tournament debutants Gambia had already sealed a place in the knockout phase before claiming a remarkable 1-0 win over Tunisia in their last group match in Limbe.

Ablie Jallow's goal deep in injury time gave Gambia the victory and they will now play Guinea in the last 16 in Bafoussam on Monday.

Tunisia were deprived of 12 players who tested positive for Covid-19 on the eve of the game, including star man Wahbi Khazri, and they have to settle for advancing as one of the four best third-placed teams.

That means the 2004 champions have a quick turnaround and must head north to play Nigeria -- the only team to win all three group games -- in Garoua on Sunday.

Thursday's results also allowed the Comoros, the small Indian Ocean island nation, to progress to the last 16 in their first appearance at the tournament.

They will face hosts Cameroon in the last 16.

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