Ghana on the mat, Guinea and Gabon qualified, Senegal disappointing again... What to remember from Tuesday's meetings

Ghana on the mat, Guinea and Gabon qualified, Senegal disappointing again… What to remember from Tuesday’s meetings

Two new round of 16 qualifiers: Gabon and Guinea joined the main round on Tuesday, January 18th. Cape Verde and Malawi nearly made it there, while Ghana fell by the wayside in the group stage. Senegal, for its part, qualifies well but remains frustrated. Franceinfo: Sport draws lessons for today.

Ghana, the first snake in the trap

The black stars fell from a very high point on Tuesday. Already back to the wall with a draw and defeat, and thus had to beat Comoros, Ghana suffered another defeat (2-3). Having confirmed players like Amarty, Barty, Sullimana or Ayo Brothers didn’t change anything: With a small point, the Ghanaians pack their bags from the first round. A four-time winner of the Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana has not been eliminated at this point since 2006.

Quite a logical disappointment: surprise from the start of the match, the Black Stars lost their captain Andre Ayew, and he was sent off in the 25th minute for a bad gesture. They thought they were back in the game (boaky and Dzeko goals), but Mugeni’s latest feat precipitated Ghana’s elimination. A huge achievement for Comoros, which achieved its first victory in the African Cup of Nations. Third place with 3 points, they hold an unlikely hope of qualifying.

Senegal, is he a serious doctor?

Teranga Lions are definitely struggling at the start of CAN. And the Senegalese, who reached the finals of the last edition, received a pitiful draw with Malawi (0-0). This disappointing result was added to the very mediocre performance over the first two games. Despite having a fleet shaking the continent (Edward Mendy, Sadio Mane, Idrissa Gana Joy, Kalidou Koulibaly), Senegal scored only a very small goal at this stage of the group stage, with a penalty from Sadio Mane in stoppage time. Zimbabwe.

With five points, however, this simple Senegal topped their group. So yes, the hypothesis of increased power over competition is clearly reasonable. But the content is frankly disturbing, and Teranga Lions won’t be able to make do with such sufficiency in knockout matches.

Gabon and Guinea are in the eighth meeting, Malawi and Cape Verde are waiting

Gabon has been affected by several cases of the Covid-19 virus, including its co-stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina, and Gabon secured qualification with Morocco cashing in the check (2-2). The Panthers even went ahead twice, but they finally cracked with a superb free kick from Achraf Hakimi. The result of the races is a tie that suits everyone: the Moroccans took the lead in Group C, Gabon in second, and qualification in eighth place. The latter will face Burkina Faso, for the only officially known label.

The same applies to Guinea, despite losing to Zimbabwe (2-1) in the second set. With a goal difference, the Guineans finished second behind Senegal. The Malawians, with four points, have serious hopes of being drafted into third place.

It should be resolved on Wednesday: If Guinea-Bissau does not beat Nigeria, Malawi will officially be in the Round of 16, just like Cape Verde, third in Group A and in a similar position. On the other hand, this would be very fair for Comoros, third in Group C with three points and a negative goal difference. We warned you that grocery accounts will come out to determine the final schedule.

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