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LIVE, Africa Cup of Nations: Finale for Groups E, F

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Groups E and F reach their finale on Tuesday, as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations knockout round bracket will be set after these four games.

And all eight teams in action can still make the Round of 16.

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In Group E a point will likely be enough for group leaders Mali, who have already reached the knockout round, to finish top, while Tunisia must beat Mauritania to have a chance of topping the group and have an easier path in the knockout rounds. If Mali do finish top of the group they will play against the Ivory Coast in the Round of 16.

Group F is somewhat complicated, but Cameroon have definitely advanced and a win against Benin will seal top spot for the reigning champs. Any of Benin, Guinea-Bissau or Ghana can still reach the last 16, with the latter potentially playing Nigeria in the last 16 if they do finish second in Group F.

Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Tuesday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.


2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Tuesday, July 2

Group F
Benin v. Cameroon – 12 p.m. ET
Guinea-Bissau v. Ghana – 12 p.m. ET

Group E
Angola v. Mali – 3 p.m. ET
Mauritania v. Tunisia – 3 p.m. ET

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

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The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

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Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

FOLLOW LIVE: Africa Cup of Nations – Ivory Coast, Tunisia in action

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The Africa Cup of Nations group stage trundles on, as a couple of big boys arrive on Monday.

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Both the Ivory Coast and Tunisia begin their 2019 campaign in Egypt, as the Ivorians face South Africa are favorites to advance in Group D but Morocco will push them all the way despite their narrow 1-0 against Namibia on Sunday.

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is the main attacking threat for Ivory Coast, while Tottenham’s Serge Aurier is a mainstay in defense for the winners of the 2015 AFCON.

In Group E, Tunisia face Angola and they’re heavily favored to win with former Sunderland attacker Wahbi Khazri their main man. Elsewhere in Group E Mali face Mauritania with new Southampton winger Moussa Djenepo one of the main men for Mali.

Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Monday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.


2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Monday, June 24

Group D
Ivory Coast v. South Africa – 10:30 a.m. ET

Group E
Tunisia v. Angola – 1 p.m. ET
Mali v. Mauritania – 4 p.m. ET

17 killed in stampede at Angolan soccer stadium

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JOHANNESBURG (AP) A crowd stampeded at a soccer stadium in Angola on Friday, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens injured.

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The accident happened in the northwestern town of Uige when hundreds of people rushed at one of the stadium gates, causing some to fall and be trampled underfoot, according to Angolan and Portuguese media.

Some of the dead were children who suffocated in the stampede, the Portuguese news agency Lusa said. Lusa and Angop, Angola’s state-run news agency, reported a death toll of 17.

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Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos expressed condolences to the families of the victims, and instructed officials to assist the injured and open an investigation, Angop reported.

Spectators had gone to the stadium to watch the inaugural game between home team Santa Rita de Cassia and Recreativo de Libolo in the national Girabola competition.

FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Liberia in familiar storyline

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It happened again.

FIFA announced on Thursday that it opened disciplinary proceedings against Liberia for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in a 4-1 loss to Angola in a Sept. 7 World Cup qualifier. Liberia is the fifth African nation accused of the same offense this year.

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The world governing body did not name the player in its official release, only stating that the outcome would not affect further competition leading up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil because Angola and Liberia finished third and fourth, respectively, in Group J of the CAF qualifiers.

Last week, Cape Verde was eliminated from advancing to the final round of qualifying because it used an ineligible player against Tunisia on the same date Liberia is accused of its offense. Ethiopia, Togo and Equatorial Guinea are the other three nations who have been sanctioned in the past months.

In all cases, opposing teams in the matches concerned were awarded 3-0 forfeit victories, and the offending federations were fined.