When it comes to the ultra-congested Group D, it wouldn’t have been fitting for the clubs to be separated by an on-field winner.
With all four teams boasting 0W-0L-2D records — all on 1-1 draws — going into the final day of group play, there was the possibility of a four-way tie for first place at the end of Wednesday’s play.
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your love for chaos, the Ivory Coast found a winner against Cameroon to make sure there would only be one drawing of lots to see who makes it to the knockout round. That’s because our other match finished dead even.
Here’s the scoop.
Guinea 1-1 Mali
Seydou Keita will be the man sweating the lot drawing just a bit more than the rest of the bunch, as his missed penalty may’ve cost Mali a spot in the Round of 16.
Modibo Maiga bailed him out after halftime in terms of getting to the lots, heading home a cross from Abdoulay Diaby in the 47th minute to level out Kevin Constant’s 15th minute penalty for Guinea.
The lots will be drawn at 10am ET on Thursday. Winner gets Ghana on Feb. 1.
Cameroon 0-1 Ivory Coast
That means the only match that didn’t finish 1-1 in Group D play came at the expense of Cameroon, which had new Montreal Impact man Ambroise Oyongo as an unused substitute.
Cameroon had a 61-39 advantage in possession and a 10-7 edge in shot attempts, but that matters not since Saint-Etienne’s Max Gradel hammered home a shot from 20 yards to push Ivory Coast into a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute that it would not relinquish.
It’s a worthwhile watch: