Champs Algeria suffer shock AFCON loss

African Football

Algeria 0-1 Equatorial Guinea

Africa Cup of Nations holders Algeria remain winless in Group E following a 1-0 loss at the hands of Equatorial Guinea.

Both sides were looking to get maximum points after Algeria drew with Sierra Leone while Guinea suffered defeat to Cote d'Ivoire this week.

Juan Micha's charges defended well and went on to get the opening goal on 70 minutes, with Esteban Obiang firing past Rais M'Bolhi.

The defending champions were unable to find a way back into the contest as Equatorial Guinea held on for their first win in the group and move up to second spot in the group.

Ivory Coast 2-2 Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone netted a dramatic equaliser with virtually the last kick of the game to salvage a 2-2 draw against Ivory Coast in Group E.

Sebastian Haller gave the Ivorians the lead before Musa Noah Kamara equalised ten minutes after half-time. Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe looked to have scored the winner with his 65th-minute strike. However, Elephants goalkeeper Badra Sangare made a howler in the 93rd minute to allow Alhadji Kamara to tap in from three yards.

Sierra Leone are in second position with two points after two draws from two matches, while Ivory Coast have four points and are top but still not assured of qualification for the last 16, while the Leone Stars will qualify if they beat Equatorial Guinea in their final group game.

Tunisia 4-0 Mauritania

Tunisia kept their hopes of progressing to the last 16 alive with a 4-0 drubbing of Mauritania in Group F.

The Tunisians raced into a 2-0 lead with just six minutes gone through Hamza Mathlouthi and Wahbi Kazri before Khazri got his second after the break and Seifeddine Jaziri added the fourth.

The Eagles of Carthage are in third but will qualify with a win over second-placed Gambia in their final game, while Mauritania exit with no points to their name.

Gambia 1-1 Mali

Gambia netted a last-minute penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw with Mali in Group F.

The match looked as if it might be heading for a scoreless draw but Ibrahima Kone gave the Malians the lead with ten minutes to go from the penalty spot. But the Malians were left shell-shocked after Musa Barrow also netted a spot-kick dramatically in the 90th minute to give Gambia a crucial point.

However, despite not getting all three points the Malians are favourites to qualify as they face hapless Mauritania in the final round, while Gambia face an uphill battle as they clash with African giants Tunisia in their last group match.

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