Sierra Leone snatch late point against Ivory Coast after goalkeeping howler | Africa Cup of Nations


A goalkeeping howler handed Sierra Leone a dramatic late equaliser that secured a 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast in their Africa Cup of Nations Group E clash in Douala.

Goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangaré lost control of the ball and spilt it for Sierra Leone’s Alhaji Kamara to snatch a 95th-minute goal as they grabbed their second point of the tournament after holding defending champions Algeria 0-0 on Tuesday.

Ivory Coast now have four points while Sierra Leone are on two with Algeria taking on Equatorial Guinea in Sunday’s second Group E match at the Japoma Stadium.

Sébastien Haller scored first to put Ivory Coast ahead before half time but the 21-year-old Musa Kamara equalised for Sierra Leone, before Nicolas Pépé restored the Ivorians’ lead.

Hamza Mathlouthi and Wahbi Khazri scored goals inside the opening nine minutes to set up a comfortable 4-0 victory for Tunisia over Mauritania.

Wahbi Khazri scoress past Mauritania goalkeeper Diop Babacar at the end of a flowing move for Tunisia.
Wahbi Khazri scores past the Mauritania goalkeeper Diop Babacar at the end of a flowing move for Tunisia. Photograph: BackpagePix/Shutterstock

Khazri added another in the second half and then laid on a fourth for Seifeddine Jaziri as Tunisia were vastly improved, having lost their opener to Mali in controversial fashion when Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe erred by twice ending the game before the 90 minutes.

Tunisia, for whom Youssef Msakni missed a late penalty, have three points from two matches and are in third in the group behind Gambia and Mali, who have four points each after drawing 1-1. Musa Barrow netted a last-minute penalty to equalise for Gambia following after Ibrahima Koné had scores from the spot. Mauritania will finish bottom after two defeats.

Tunisia now meet Gambia in their final pool match on Thursday, while Mali tackle Mauritania. The top two teams in each group advance to the second round, along with the four best third-place finishers across the six pools.



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