Mali Frustrates Cote D’Ivoire; Cameroon, Guinea Tie

Posted January 25th, 2015 at 4:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Les Elephants continued to show middling results in Africa Cup of Nations 2015, as a dogged Malian side scored early and then held off repeated attacks until a late goal from Max Gradel.

Fans of Equatorial Guinea cheer before their Group A soccer match against Gabon at the African Cup of Nations in Bata. (REUTERS)

Saturday’s 1-1 draw put Mali and Cote D’Ivoire tied at the top of Group D, along with the other teams in the group, Cameroon and Guinea, who themselves drew.

Mali’s Bakary Sako, who plays for the Premier League’s Wolves, exploded early, in the 7th minute, with a half-volley that rocketed past the Cote D’Ivorian keeper.

Cote D’Ivoire repeatedly either flubbed good chances, or met a stiff Malian defense, until Serge Aurier sent a sharp pass to the substituted Gradel and he hit a low shot beyond Germain Berthe.

Cameroon took an early lead with a long range goal from Benjamin Moukandjo in the 13th minute. Ibrahima Traoré responded for Guinea in the 42nd minute

The final game of Group D is set for Wednesday, with Cameroon facing Ivory Coast, and Guinea playing Mali. A win by any would send them through to knockout.

Cameroon has lifted the AFCON trophy four times but not since 2002.

Mike Eckel
Mike Eckel's dreams of being drafted by Man United or FC Barcelona peaked when he was captain of his high school football team, but ended during his short-lived college career. He continues to be an avid player (midfield) however and holds out hope that Jozy Altidore will get his act together for 2018. When not running VOA's football blogs, he writes about Russia, international war crimes, Central Asia corruption and oversees VOA's multimedia collaboration efforts.

One response to “Mali Frustrates Cote D’Ivoire; Cameroon, Guinea Tie”

  1. Irene Brayton says:

    Go Mali!

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