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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: Pote’s beauty helps Benin draw Ghana; Cameroon wins

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Having already seen Uganda upset the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar draw Guinea, this one came when Ghana met Benin.

It was aided by a red card to Ghana, but the 88th ranked Les Écureuils (Squirrels) of Benin managed a result.

Cameroon 2-0 Guinea-Bissau

Scoreless at halftime, Cameroon saw Yaya Banana and Stephane Bahoken score three minutes apart to give the Indomitable Lions the Group F lead on Day One of group play.

Ghana 2-2 Benin

Mickael Pote scored first and last, giving Benin a valuable point against 10-man Ghana.

The Black Stars went behind in the second minute on Pote’s first, only to get Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew goals on either side of halftime to build a lead of their own.

But John Boye took a 54th minute red card and Pote potted his second nine minutes later to give Benin an early Group F bonus.

How about this sweep behind the leg?

AFCON wrap: Burkina Faso tops Group A, Cameroon also through

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One down, three to go.

Two nations advanced out of Group A on Sunday, and neither of the spots were held by the tournament’s hosts.

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Cameroon 0-0 Gabon

Hosts Gabon needed a victory to reach the final eight, however, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and co. struggled mightily to break down the Cameroonian backline.

The Panthers failed to manage a shot on target on Sunday, while Cameroon — who finishes second in Group A — recorded a shot goalward just once.

Cameroon will likely face Senegal in the knockout phase after the Lions of Teranga locked up a spot in the next round.

Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso topped the group based on goal differential after an early own goal and Bertrand Traore added a second after halftime.

Rudinilson Silva was caught in an uncomfortable position after 11 minutes when the Guinea-Bissau defender put the ball into his own net. From there, Traore doubled the advantage for Burkina Faso after finishing off a Prejuce Nakoulma pass.

The Stallions will face the runner up of Group B, currently Tunisia, in the quarterfinals.

Group A table (* indicates teams that advanced)

*Burkina Faso (5 points, +2 GD)
*Cameroon (5 pts., +1 GD)
Gabon (3 pts., 0 GD)
Guinea-Bissau (1 pt., -3 GD)

Monday’s AFCON schedule

Senegal vs. Algeria — 11 a.m. ET
Zimbabwe vs. Tunisia — 2 p.m. ET

AFCON wrap: Group A very much in play with one match left

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All four Group A sides are alive with one match to go in group play at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

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Cameroon 2-1 Guinea-Bissau

Sebastien Siani and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui scored second half goals 18 minutes apart as the Indomitable Lions reversed course after Braga winger Piqueti made it 1-0 in the 13th minute.

And what a goal it was.

A Sunday draw against Gabon would be enough to push Cameroon through to the knockout rounds.

Gabon 1-1 Burkina Faso

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 36th minute penalty canceled out a 23rd minute opener from Kayserispor’s Préjuce Nakoulma.

That means Gabon can still advance to the knockout rounds. Les Pantheres have to beat Cameroon to move onto the next stage.

Wednesday’s AFCON schedule

Algeria vs. Tunisia — 11 a.m. ET
Senegal vs. Zimbabwe — 2 p.m. ET

African Cup of Nations: Guinea-Bissau pulls off stunning draw and more

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The score lines weren’t earth shattering as the African Cup of Nations began on Saturday, but there was plenty of excitement to go around.

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Guinea-Bissau kicked off Group A play in the competition with a shocking 1-1 draw against hosts Gabon. Defender Juary Soares scored a late equalizer for Guinea to pick up a point to open the tournament after Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Gabon out in front early in the second half.

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In the day’s other fixture, Cameroon and Burkina Faso also finished level at 1-1 after Issoufou Dayo rescued a point for the latter with 15 minutes remaining from time.

Cameroon took the lead beyond the half hour mark when Benjamin Moukandjo fired the Indomitable Lions ahead. Chelsea attacker Bertrand Traore featured for Burkina Faso over the first hour before being substituted off, while Montreal Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo played 90 minutes for Cameroon.

Group A will resume action on Wednesday when Gabon takes on Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau faces off with Cameroon.