Mali and Ghana claimed group titles ahead of the knockout rounds, and the bracket is now set following four Tuesday matches at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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Angola 0-1 Mali
Amadou Haidara of RB Leipzig scored the lone goal as Mali claimed Group E honors.
Mauritania 0-0 Tunisia
It turns out that all Tunisia needed to advance to the knockout rounds was a draw. Mauritania was not as fortunate.
Benin 0-0 Cameroon
Benin’s third draw of the tournament sees it through to the Round of 16 and a date with Morocco.
Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Ghana
Jordan Ayew‘s second goal of the tournament broke the deadlock after halftime as the Black Stars sent Guinea-Bissau home.
Round of 16
Uganda v. Senegal – July 5
Morocco v. Benin – July 5
Madagascar v. Democratic Republic of Congo – July 7
Ghana v. Tunisia – July 8
Mali v. Ivory Coast – July 8
Algeria v. Guinea – July 7
Nigeria v. Cameroon – July 6
Egypt v. South Africa – July 6
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
Benin v. Cameroon – 12 p.m. ET
Guinea-Bissau v. Ghana – 12 p.m. ET
Angola v. Mali – 3 p.m. ET
Mauritania v. Tunisia – 3 p.m. ET
The thrills were relatively scaled down at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Friday as just four goals dotted a three-match landscape in Egypt.
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Tunisia 1-1 Mali
The only match with a pair of goals saw them come 10 minutes apart, as Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Diadie Samassékou staked Mali to a 60th minute lead and former Sunderland playmaker Wahbi Khazri saw his free kick deflect into the Mali goal in the 70th.
The draw opens the door for both Mauritania and Angola, as well as a blockbuster final day in Group E.
South Africa 1-0 Namibia
Bongani Zungu’s 68th goal was well-earned, with Bafana Bafana outshooting Namibia to the tune of 17-6.
Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast
Herve Renard has won AFCON twice and already has Morocco in the knockout rounds following a 2-0 start to the tournament. Leganes striker Youssef En-Nesyri scored the lone goal of the encounter.
The group stage of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has reached an intriguing stage, as plenty of teams begin to punch their tickets in the Round of 16.
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With the 24-team format allowing the top four third-place teams to also advance, there is still so much to play for across these group games.
In Group D two giants collide as Morocco face the Ivory Coast with Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia (who scored their winner against South Africa earlier this week) and Crystal Palace’s Wiflried Zaha the leading men for the Elephants, while Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal played well for the Atlas Lions in their win against Namibia. South Africa and Namibia then face off in Group D and both teams lost their opening games, so a win here would be huge for their hopes of getting out of the group.
Group E sees Tunisia and Mali collide, with the latter top of the group and Tunisia in desperate need of a win after drawing their opening group game against Angola. Southampton’s new signing Moussa Djenepo is one of Mali’s key players, and Tunisia will be wary of his dribbling ability on the break.
Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Friday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Friday, June 28
Morocco v. Ivory Coast – 1 p.m. ET
South Africa v. Namibia – 4 p.m. ET
Tunisia v. Mali – 10:30 a.m. ET
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.