AFCON debutants have progressed to the quarter-finals after a 1-0 spirited win over Guinea at the Kouekong Stadium. The match happened on Monday evening.
Musa Barrow scored the all-important goal for the side coached by Tom Sainrfiet. The forward at Italian side Bologna struck in the 71st minute, latching onto Yusupha Bobb’s through ball.
He shrugged off a challenge to slot home inside the left post.
Both sides completed the game a man short following second-half dismissals of Yusupha Njie and Ibrahima Conte.
Guinea’s Conte finished at the back post from Jose Kante’s low cross on the right-hand side in the 77th minute. However, their celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.
In stoppage time, Guinea, christened as the National Elephants had a chance to level things through Conte striking the left upright from an acute angle. Moments later, the crossbar denied Morgan Guilavogui.
Conte received his marching orders soon afterward for a second bookable offense as the scorpions held on for a famous victory.
Elsewhere, hosts Cameroon advanced to the quarterfinals as well with a 2-1 victory over 10 man Comoros.
The AFCON 2021 round of 16 continues with two matches on Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Senegal will take on Cape Verde at 7 pm before Morocco takes on Malawi.
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