The Africa Cup of Nations made it clear that we will have to be vigilant until the end of each game. All the results were by the minimum, but they were defined in the absence of minutes and even when the bell was about to ring.
Sadio Mane saved Senegal with a penalty goal in the 97th minute. The best African team according to FIFA rankings was plagued by casualties in their debut at the Africa Cup of Nations.
His rival, Zimbabwe, held out the whole game to one of the top favorites for the title, but he got away at the end by a rude hand from Kelvin Madzongwe who dived into the area as if he were a goalkeeper.
Madzongwe same same na Chigumba enemies of progress pic.twitter.com/3Je2Lku36A
— Blessing (@Blessin22402309) January 10, 2022
The Liverpool player, star of the national team led by Aliou Cissé, sealed the victory of Los Leones de Teranga from twelve steps in a very close match that opened Group B.
Despite the difference in possession, 68% for Senegal, without Edouard Mendy from Chelsea and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoles, he could not arrive clearly before the goal defended by Petros Mhari, who could do little before the maximum penalty.
In this way, Senegal is the leader of its area together with Guinea, who also achieved victory.
Sadio Mane showing his support for Mo Salah and Naby Keita. Brilliant video! ❤️pic.twitter.com/uKEyUe0q1g
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) January 9, 2022
Guinea beat Malawi
Naby Keita, from Liverpool, started in the match that the Guinean team beat Malawi 1-0 with a goal in the 35th minute from Issiaga Sylla, a Toulouse player, who did not miss a magnificent pass from Jose Kante.
The victory allowed the Guineans to equal Senegal in points and share the top of group B. If we go to the papers, a draw could reach them to pass at least as one of the best third parties.
Guinea are currently beating Malawi 1-0 in #AFCON2021.
Here’s their celebration after Issiaga Sylla scored their goal. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/VLtVJUWiJN
— LUKE (@luketaylortcd) January 10, 2022
Morocco had problems, but won
The African Cup is lived until the end: Morocco beat Ghana 1-0 with a goal from Sofiane Boufal as the match ended.
Boufal, a French Angers player, hit a rebound inside the area and hit Ghanaian goalkeeper Joe Wollacott across the field and sealed the final result with just 7 minutes remaining.
What a finish! ?
Sofiane Boufal's quick turn and finish catches Ghana off guard and gives Morocco a late lead ? pic.twitter.com/ULSuNJCFaw
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 10, 2022
Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou prevented Ghana minutes before taking the lead with a sensational save off a shot from striker Joseph Paintsil, a Belgian K.R.C. Genk player.
Morocco was the first leader of group C, which also includes the national teams of Gabon and Comoros.
Gabon, AFCON’s most controversial team
Gabon, the most controversial African Cup team, beat rookie Comoros by the slightest thanks to Aaron-Salem Boupendza’s goal early in the match.
Goal for Boupedza.
— African Insider #AFCON2021 ? (@African_Insider) January 10, 2022
The winning team had problems to arrange the tournament prizes with the Federation of their country and they went on strike. While he could not count on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, his two top stars, because they tested positive for coronavirus upon arrival in Cameroon after a party in Dubai.
?? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & the Gabon camp partying in Dubai ahead of AFCON.pic.twitter.com/O3dLrV6JBw
— African Insider #AFCON2021 ? (@African_Insider) January 5, 2022