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AFCON: Senegal tops Uganda, will meet Benin in QF (video)

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CAIRO (AP) Sadio Mane sent Senegal into the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, where it will meet a Benin team that dumped out Morocco to start the knockout stages with a major upset on Friday.

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Mane scored early to give Senegal a 1-0 win over Uganda in their round-of-16 match at Cairo International Stadium. The Liverpool forward also had a second-half penalty saved, but it didn’t cost Senegal. Mane has three goals in three games at the African Cup in Egypt, and he’s also missed two penalties.

His winner against Uganda came in the 15th minute after Senegal intercepted possession and struck with a lightning-fast counterattack. Mbaye Niang set up an unmarked Mane, who slid the ball into the bottom right corner.

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Mane won a penalty in the 59th minute when he was taken out by Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango. Onyango, who was booked early in the game, escaped a second yellow and stayed on the field. He dived to his left to stop Mane’s penalty.

It didn’t matter in the end.

In the quarterfinals, Senegal will meet surprising Benin, which celebrated its first appearance in the knockouts with its first-ever win at the African Cup. Benin beat Morocco 4-1 on penalties after surviving a tumultuous time at Al Salam Stadium.

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The knockout rounds of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations begins in Egypt on Friday, as two favorites to win it all hope to avoid upsets.

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Morocco clash with Benin at Cairo’s Al Salam Stadium after winning Group F with three wins from three, while Benin drew all three of their group games as they held powerhouses Cameroon and Ghana. The Atlas Lions should not take Benin for granted and their secret weapon is former Sunderland and West Brom attacker Stephane Sessegnon.

As for Senegal, they are led by Liverpool star Sadio Mane but they had a rather disappointing group stage effort as they lost to Algeria and finished second in Group C. That has set up a clash with Uganda who finished second in Group A behind Egypt, but alongside Mane Senegal have a heavyweight PL midfield with Cheikhou Kouyate and Idrisse Gueye in the engine room and they are the heavy favorites to advance where they’ll likely meet Morocco in an epic quarterfinal clash.

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, July 5

Round of 16
Morocco v. Benin – 12 p.m. ET
Uganda v. Senegal – 3 p.m. ET

FOLLOW LIVE: Day 2 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

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Egypt’s national team kicked off the tournament on Friday, and now the nations turns its eyes to playing host to the Africa Cup of Nations with three Saturday kickoffs.

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Yannick Bolasie, Arthur Masuaku, and the Democratic Republic of Congo get us started with a Group A match against Uganda at 10:30 a.m. ET.

That’s followed up by the Super Eagles of Nigeria, with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City preparing to tangle with Burundi at 1.

Finally, Guinea and Madagascar round out the day’s matches with a 4 p.m. start.

Group A
Democratic Republic of Congo v. Uganda – 10:30 a.m. ET

Group B
Nigeria v. Burundi – 1 p.m. ET
Guinea v. Madagascar – 4 p.m. ET

AFCON wrap: Ghana books place in quarterfinals, Egypt edges Uganda

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One Group D side has already sealed its fate in the final eight, while another squad moved on step closer to the African Cup of Nations knockout phase on Saturday.

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Ghana 1-0 Mali

The Ghanaians ensured their place in the knockout round after Asamoah Gyan scored for the Black Stars.

Gyan, 31, nodded home a Jordan Ayew cross in the 21st minute, giving Ghana its second straight win in the competition.

Mali will need a victory in its final group stage match against Uganda in order to have a shot at advancing to the last eight.

Egypt 1-0 Uganda

Abdallah El Said played hero on Saturday for Egypt after scoring in the 89th minute to lift Héctor Cúper’s side past Uganda.

The Al Ahly forward finished off Mohamed Salah‘s cross in the game’s dying moments to give Egypt a strong shot at advancing out of Group D.

The Egyptians currently sit second in the group on four points, while Uganda has officially been eliminated from advancing.

Sunday’s AFCON schedule

Cameroon vs. Gabon — 2 p.m. ET
Guinea-Bissau vs. Burkina Faso — 2 p.m. ET

AFCON: Ayew propels Ghana to victory; Egypt struggle vs. Mali

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A roundup of all of Tuesday’s action in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations…

Ghana 1-0 Uganda

PORT-GENTIL, Gabon (AP) Andre Ayew scored a penalty as Ghana beat Uganda 1-0 on Tuesday in a lackluster opening to the four-time champions’ bid for a first African Cup of Nations title in 35 years.

Ghana took control of Group D after seven-time champion Egypt struggled in a 0-0 draw with Mali in the other group match.

Ghana has three points, Egypt and Mali one each and Uganda zero.

Ayew, a West Ham winger, netted in the 32nd minute after Asamoah Gyan was held back by Isaac Isinde in the penalty area in Port-Gentil.

Avram Grant, a former Chelsea manager, is looking to lead Ghana to a second successive final but go better than 2015 when his team lost to Ivory Coast.

Uganda has also finished runner-up in the continental championship but the trip to the final in 1978 was the last time it qualified until making the Gabon event.

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Mali 0-0 Egypt

Later, 44-year-old Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in tournament history when he came on for injured Ahmed El Shenawy midway through the first half.

El Hadary, who celebrated his birthday two days ago, is participating in his seventh African Cup, having picked up winners’ medals in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Egypt’s standout forward Mohamed Salah struggled and was replaced midway through the second half.

Mali, looking to improve on its third-place finishes in 2012 and 2013, produced many more chances.

Egypt failed to qualify for the last three editions of the tournament.

Wednesday’s AFCON schedule

Gabon vs. Burkina-Faso — 11 a.m. ET
Cameroon vs. Guinea-Bissau — 2 p.m. ET