Matchday two in AFCON saw another surprise last week as Senegal and Ivory Coast were held in a draw while the defending champions, Algeria was beaten and still scoreless.
The finalist in 2019, Senegal struggled to pick up a point on matchday two while meeting Guinea. Aliou Cisse's men were held in a stalemate. They had more decent chances in the six yard box but failed to break the deadlock. Guinea's layered defensive wall in 5-3-2 formation could finally frustrate Sadio Mane and Co.
Senegal vs Guinea 0-0
Senegal: Dieng – Mbaye, Ciss, Diallo, Cause – Cheikhou Kouyate, Loum – Sadio Mane, Bouna Sarr (Keita Balde 90), Mame Thiam (Habib Diallo 74) – Boulaye Dia (Josiph Lopy 81)
Guinea: Aly Keita – Camara, Ill, Syilla, Cisse, Sow – Illaix Moriba (Ibrahima Conte 66), Naby Keita, Amadou Diawara (Mory Konate 78) – Bayo, Morgan Guilavogui (Morlaye Sylla 91)
Meanwhile, two underdogs in group F, Guinea Equatorial and Sierra Leone secured important points as they stunned two favorites, the reigning champions Algeria and Ivory Coast. Guinea Equatorial snatched a 1-0 victory through a single goal of their center back Esteban Obiang from a close range strike, whereas Sierra Leone cancelled out Winfred Zaha and Co's prospective win as they netted an equaliser on the last minute through Alhaji Kamara. They were one goal behind first as Ajax man Sebastian Haller bagged an opener at the first half after Franck Kessie's penalty was denied. Then, Mousa Kamara put them back on a level term. Ten minutes later, it was Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe who found the back of the net. It was a thrilling encounter but Cote D'Ivorie should have scored more. Unfortunately, they lacked of clinical finish. Eventually, Patrice Beaumelle's side had to take this tie for granted as the mistake was on their own. Such result would force Ivory Coast to be careful against the angry Algeria which needs a win to be able to go through the knock out stage.
So far only three teams have sealed their berth in the round of 16. They are the host Cameroon, Nigeria and Morocco. They have already secured their second win. In fact, Vahid Halilhodzic's side which opted to exclude Hakim Ziyech from the squad, have sealed maximum points in two fixtures with a clean sheet.
Morocco vs Comoros 2-0
Gambia vs Mali 1-1
Tunisia vs Mauritania 4-0
Nigeria vs Sudan 3-1
Cameroon vs Ethiopia 4-1
Malawi vs Zimbabwe 2-1
Guinea Bissau vs Egypt 0-1
Burkina Faso vs Cape Verde 1-0
Gabon vs Ghana 1-1