AFCON 2015: Guinea, Mali Qualification Hopes Lie In Ballot Votes

Guinea and Mali will have to wait until lots are drawn to decide who will advance to the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations because of Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw in Mongomo.

Five of the six Group D games finished as 1-1 draws, meaning that nothing separates Guinea and Mali in second and third place.

Mali were quickest out of the blocks in Mongomo on Wednesday, with Abdoulay Diaby firing a couple of efforts inside the opening five minutes wide.

Mali felt that they should have been awarded a penalty in the 12th minute when Fode Camara bundled over Mustapha Yatabare, but Guinea escaped both the spot kick and a red card for Camara.

It got even worse for Mali minutes later when a penalty was awarded against them following Salif Coulibaly’s handball and Kevin Constant cheekily dinked home from 12 yards to give Guinea the lead against the run of play.

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Incredibly, Mali were then awarded a penalty of their own two minutes later after Issiaga Sylla’s handball, but Seydou Keita couldn’t match Constant as his weak effort was saved by Naby-Moussa Yattara.

After that end-to-end spell in the game, chances were limited for the rest of the first half, with Modibo Maiga denied a Mali equaliser by Yattara’s fingertip save.

The West Ham United man would pull the Eagles level shortly after half time, though, by heading home Diaby’s cross from close range.

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