Afcon Roundup: Morocco Advance To The Knockout Stages While Zimbabwe Eliminated

Senegal 0-0 Guinea

Senegal and Guinea were unable to build on their respective 1-0 opening AFCON 2021 victories, drawing 0-0 in Bafoussam.

Morgan Guilavogui spurned a fantastic opportunity to break the deadlock after Ilaix Moriba slipped him through on goal, but QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng went down low to deny him.

Senegal, on the other hand, appeared most dangerous from set-pieces, with PSG defender Abdou Diallo forcing Aly Keita into a full-stretch save from a well-worked corner.

However, that was the closest either side came, as both teams moved to four points after two games and appeared to be on track to qualify from the group.

Malawi Eliminate Zimbabwe 2-1

Zimbabwe has been eliminated from Group B as Malawi rallied from behind to defeat the Warriors.

Ishmael Wadi gave Zimbabwe the lead at the conclusion of a dominant first half, heading Onismor Bhasera’s long ball across goal and beyond the hapless Ernest Kakhobwe.

However, the Flames equalized just before halftime, with Gabadinho Mhango tapping home Francisco Madinga’s exquisite pass into the heart of the Zimbabwe six-yard box.

Malawi completed the reversal shortly before the hour mark when Mhango scored his brace, nipping in and dinking the ball past Zimbabwe goalkeeper Petros Mhari.

Morocco 2-0 Comoros

Morocco advanced to the knockout stages with a 2-0 victory over Comoros.

Selim Amallah opened the scoring for the Atlas Lions after Comoros failed to clear an Achraf Hakimi cross, the Standard Liege midfielder maintaining his calm and slamming home through a crowd of last-line defenders.

The group favorites have to wait until the 89th minute to secure the three points after Youssef En-Nesyri missed a second-half penalty, with Amallah providing the assist for Zakaria Abdoukhal to keep Morocco’s perfect start intact.

Gabon 1-1 Ghana

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ruled out of Gabon’s 1-1 tie with Ghana after the discovery of cardiac concerns during a recent diagnostic.

In the absence of their talisman, the Panthers got off to the worst possible start as Andre Ayew handed Ghana the lead in the first half.

However, Gabon was spared by an 88th-minute equalize from Jim Allevinah, before Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh was dismissed after a furious session of stoppage time.


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