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Defending champion Algeria flirted with exclusion in the African Cup, Ivory Coast relinquished victory after a fatal error in extra time.

Defending champion Algeria flirted with exclusion in the African Cup, Ivory Coast relinquished victory after a fatal error in extra time.

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Algeria is on the verge of exclusion from the African Cup. They unexpectedly lost their second group match on Sunday, 0-1 against Equatorial Guinea. Ivory Coast has not yet been allowed to prepare for the next round of the African Cup. Oddly enough, they still faced a late equalizer by Sierra Leone.

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Algeria, the African champions, failed to make a breakthrough against Equatorial Guinea and was played by Esteban Obiang twenty minutes from the end. To make matters worse, Youssef Balili saw the equalizer in the 83rd minute not allowed for offside. Because of the defeat, the Algerians, who in the opening match didn’t get more than 0-0 against Sierra Leone, finished fourth and last in Group E with a score of 1 for 6. In the final of the group, the leaders of Ivory Coast (4 on 6) await. Equatorial Guinea currently occupies second place in the group with 3 points, followed by Sierra Leone in third place with two points.

Algeria is also witnessing a series of 35 unbeaten matches. She had to lose two more matches to keep up with the record (37) set by last year’s European champion Italy.

Ivory Coast swallowed the strange equalizer in the last stage

Frank Casey missed a penalty for the first time, but Sebastian Haller scored 1-0 not too long ago. Moussa Noah Kamara equalized for Sierra Leone before Nicolas Pepe restored the lead for the Ivorians. Finally, El Hadj Camara equalized after a fatal mistake by Ivorian goalkeeper Sanjari.

Christian Kwame (Anderlecht) came from Côte d’Ivoire. Côte d’Ivoire leads Group E with a score of 4 out of 6, followed by Sierra Leone with two points. Later on Sunday (8 pm) it is still up to Algeria (1 point) and Equatorial Guinea (0 points).

Tunisia’s comeback straight

Tunisia lost its opening match against Mali (0-1) in a controversial fashion, and thus had to work hard against Mauritania. It hit its mark with 4-0 numbers ample. Hamza Mathlouthi and Wahbi Khazri took the tension out of the match early on. Khazri and Seif al-Din al-Jaziri completed the beating in the second half. Hamza Rafia (standard) finally came for Tunisia.

Tunisia occupies third place in Group F with 3 out of 6, after Gambia, the leader of the group, with national coach Tom Santeveyt and Mali (both 4 points). Gambia and Mali tied 1-1 earlier today. Moussa Barrow erased the opening goal for Mali in the last minute from a converted penalty kick. Ibrahima Kony opened the scoring in the 79th minute from eleven metres.

Saintfeet had prime places available for Suleiman Murra (AA Gent) and Abdoli Jallow (Siraeng). Mari completed the 90th minute, and allowed Gallo to make way for Mohamed Badamousi of KV Kortrijk in the 83rd minute.

On the third and final day of the group stage, Gambia will face Tunisia, Mali and Mauritania against each other.

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A total of 24 teams participate in this 33rd edition of the African Cup, divided into six groups. The top two teams in each group and the top quarter advance to the next round.