Africa Cup of Nations 2021 summary

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After Thursday’s AFCON action was full of controversy, it was relatively quieter on Friday.

Sadio Manes Senegal met against Naby Keitas Guinea in a match that Liverpool fans will have kept a close eye on, at the same time as there was a fierce end to Gabon’s meeting with Ghana.

Here is your AFCON overview from 14 January.

Senegal and Guinea could not follow up their respective 1-0 victories to open their AFCON 2021 campaigns and played a 0-0 draw in Bafoussam.

Morgan Guilavogui missed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock when Ilaix Moriba broke through on goal, but QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng went down low to deny him.

At the other end, Senegal looked most threatening from solid cases, with PSG defender Abdou Diallo forcing Aly Keita to a save from a well-worked corner.

But it was as close as both sides came, with both teams going on to four points after two games and looking good for qualifiers from the group.

Elsewhere in Group B, Zimbabwe have been knocked out after Malawi came from behind to beat the Warriors.

Zimbabwe took the lead towards the end of a dominant first half through Ishmael Wadi, who headed Onismor Bhazera’s deep post back over the goal and beyond the helpless Ernest Kakhobwe.

But the Flames managed to find a level before the break, with Gabadinho Mhango knocking home from Francisco Madinga’s delicious ball right into the heart of Zimbabwe’s sexyards.

And Malawi completed the turn just before the hour when Mhango secured his stay, taking advantage of some confusion in Zimbabwe’s defense to squeeze the ball outside Petros Mhari between the sticks.

Morocco secured their passage to the knockout stage with a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Comoros.

Selim Amallah gave the Atlas Lions an early lead when the Comoros failed to clear an Achraf Hakimi cross, with Standard Liege’s midfielder keeping his composure and striking home through a host of last-line defenders.

The group favorites had to wait until the 89th minute to secure the three points after Youssef En-Nesyri missed a penalty in the second half, where Amallah turned to Zakaria Abdoukhal to keep Morocco’s 100% start on the tournament.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could not return for Gabon’s 1-1 draw against Ghana after heart problems were discovered in a new scan.

The Panthers made the worst possible start in the absence of their talisman when Andre Ayew gave Ghana a lead in the first half.

But Gabon was saved by an equalizer in the 88th minute from Jim Allevinah before a fierce stoppage time led to the dismissal of Ghana’s Benjamin Tetteh.

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