Connect with us

Africa Cup of Nations

AFCON 2021 round-up: Defending champions knocked out, Mali top Group F, Comoros, Malawi make history

AFCON 2021 round-up: Defending champions knocked out, Mali tops Group F, Comoros, Malawi make history

Group E matches in AFCON 2021 were full of drama last night.

Ivory Coast thrashed defending champions Algeria 3-1 to qualify as group winners.

The defeat also ended Algeria’s bid to defend their AFCON title.

They go home, having garnered only one point in three matches.

Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe scored one and assisted another to help Ivory Coast win the match.

Equatorial Guinea’s 1-0 win in the other Group E game saw them qualify as runners-up.

Pablo Ganet’s 38th-minute strike was enough to sink Sierra Leone, who will be proud to have finished above Algeria in Group E.

Mali tops Group F, Gambia beats Tunisia

Mali maintained their unbeaten record by defeating Mauritania 2-0 to top Group F.

Gambia beat Tunisia 1-0 in the other Group F encounter.

Coming into the match, Gambia were on four points with Tunisia on three.

It was a tense affair between the two sides.

However, Gambia’s late strike in the 93rd minute helped them seal second spot.

Four third-placed teams qualify for AFCON 2021 last-16

Cabo Verde from Group A, Malawi from Group B, Comoros from Group C, and Tunisia from Group F were the four third-placed teams to qualify for the last-16 in AFCON 2021.

Comoros and Malawi rewrote their country’s footballing history in AFCON.

Comoros beat Ghana 3-2 in the dying minutes on matchday 3 to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Malawi held a powerful Senegal side to a 0-0 draw in their final group to achieve the same.

Both teams will be a part of the AFCON knockout stage for the first time in their footballing history.

The result will hold even more significance for Comoros, who are participating in their first-ever AFCON tournament.

The AFCON 2021 knockout phase will start on January 23.

Read Next: AFCON 2021 round-up – Senegal qualify after penalty scare, brilliant Hakimi hands Morocco top spot, Ghana knocked out.

More in Africa Cup of Nations