Côte d'Ivoire had never lost to Equatorial Guinea in the African Cup of Nations, and had no intention of doing so in front of its own fans. With a win, he could get a ticket to qualify for the knockout stage.
But the Ivorians were unable to put the ball into the net, while Equatorial Guinea scored at the first opportunity. When the host country did manage to score, the goal was disallowed twice for offside.
Ivory Coast took risks after the break to win and were punished mercilessly. Pablo Janet, Emilio Nso and Janek Puella achieved a landslide victory with a score of 4-0.
The host nation now has to wait in the waiting room hoping to be among the top 4 in the group stage in order to qualify. It's not easy, because with barely 3 points and a goal difference of -3, things are not looking good. Equatorial Guinea has already secured its ticket, just like Nigeria, which beat Guinea Bissau 0-1.
Ghana is also on the verge of elimination. In the final round of Group B, there seemed to be no problem for long on Monday evening, as Ghana took a 0-2 lead against lowly Mozambique after two penalty shootout goals from Jordan Ayew.
However, Gini Katamu and Reineldo Mandava scored in stoppage time, and Mozambique scored a 2-2 equaliser.
For Ghana, Majeed Achimeru (Anderlecht) was substituted after 37 minutes, Genk's Joseph Paintsil was allowed to remain in the dressing room at half-time, and right-back Denis Odoi (Club Brugge) left after 72 minutes. In Mozambique, Alphonse Amadi, a player for second division club KV Oostende, got 73 minutes of playing time.
With two points from three matches, Mozambique is in fourth place and is therefore eliminated, but Ghana also could not win once in the group stage, so they also end up third in the group with two points, meaning they can only qualify as one of the teams. I prefer four thirds. With seven points, Cape Verde suddenly became the leader of the group.
On the final day of the match, they tied with five-time champion Egypt, without injured star Mohamed Salah, with a score of 2-2. After three consecutive draws, the Pharaohs can qualify for the eighth final as second place in the group.
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