Africa Cup of Nations - Group E
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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Mali cruise past Mauritania in Group E

Moussa Marega, Mali
Moussa Marega's penalty late in the first half gave Mali a 2-0 lead

Mali produced a dominant display to beat tournament debutants Mauritania at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Abdoulay Diaby drilled a powerful effort into the top corner from 25 yards to give the Eagles the lead.

A Moussa Marega penalty and a strike from Monaco's Adama Traore increased Mali's advantage, before Moctar Sidi El Hacen pulled a goal back from the spot.

Metz's Adama Traore, on for his namesake, completed the scoring, curling in from the edge of the box.

Mauritania, taking part in the tournament for the first time in their history, started brightly in Suez but the result was rarely in doubt after Diaby's sublime opener.

The minnows take on Angola in their next Group E game on Saturday (15:30 BST kick-off), while Mali face Tunisia on Friday (15:30 BST).

Analysis

BBC Arabic's Mohamed Qoutb

Mauritania fans experienced a historic moment as they heard the national anthem of their country played for the first time in Africa Cup of Nations history, but what happened on the pitch was not quite so enjoyable for them.

Mali's performance showed they are set to pose a threat to Tunisia's supposed dominance in this group, while Mauritania definitely need to loosen up and play with less pressure in the next match against Angola if they want to retain hope of an unlikely place in the knockout stages.

Line-ups

Mali

  • 16Diarra
  • 2Traoré
  • 13Wagué
  • 15FofanaBooked at 71mins
  • 3Kone
  • 8Samassekou
  • 11Coulibaly
  • 23DiabySubstituted forHaidaraat 87'minutes
  • 21TraoréSubstituted forTraoréat 61'minutes
  • 19DjenepoBooked at 31minsSubstituted forDoumbiaat 61'minutes
  • 9Marega

Substitutes

  • 1Mounkoro
  • 4Haidara
  • 5Kouyate
  • 6Haidara
  • 7Doumbia
  • 10Coulibaly
  • 12Koita
  • 14Traoré
  • 17Sacko
  • 18Doucoure
  • 20Niane
  • 22Keita

Mauritania

  • 1SouleymaneBooked at 79mins
  • 4Abou DembaSubstituted forDiawat 53'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 15N´DiayeBooked at 19mins
  • 5Ba
  • 3Abeid
  • 14Yali
  • 19CoulibalySubstituted forMoulaye Ahmedat 45'minutes
  • 6CamaraSubstituted forGayeat 82'minutes
  • 18El Hacen
  • 10Ba
  • 7Diakite

Substitutes

  • 2Diaw
  • 8Guidileye
  • 9Tanjy
  • 11Moulaye Ahmed
  • 12Diop
  • 13Sarr
  • 16Diaw
  • 17Anne
  • 20Thiam
  • 21Diadié
  • 22Diop
  • 23Gaye
Referee:
Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo
Attendance:
6,202

Match Stats

Home TeamMaliAway TeamMauritania
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Mali 4, Mauritania 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mali 4, Mauritania 1.

Attempt blocked. Hamari Traoré (Mali) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Doumbia.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Mamadou Fofana.

Attempt blocked. Ismael Diakite (Mauritania) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Molla Wagué.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Diadie Samassekou.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Mamadou Fofana.

Attempt blocked. Abdoulaye Gaye (Mauritania) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Hamari Traoré (Mali).

Bessam (Mauritania) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Dellahi Yali (Mauritania) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bessam.

Substitution

Substitution, Mali. Amadou Haidara replaces Abdoulaye Diaby.

Moussa Doumbia (Mali) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bakary N´Diaye (Mauritania).

Foul by Abdoulaye Diaby (Mali).

Bakary N´Diaye (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Moustapha Diaw (Mauritania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moussa Doumbia (Mali) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moustapha Diaw (Mauritania).

Substitution

Substitution, Mauritania. Abdoulaye Gaye replaces Khassa Camara.

Corner, Mali. Conceded by Abdoul Ba.

Attempt blocked. Moussa Doumbia (Mali) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Brahim Souleymane (Mauritania) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Moussa Marega (Mali) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brahim Souleymane (Mauritania).

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Molla Wagué.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Mali).

Youssouf Kone (Mali) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adama Ba (Mauritania).

Goal!

Goal! Mali 4, Mauritania 1. Adama Traore I (Mali) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Moussa Doumbia.

Moussa Marega (Mali) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aly Abeid (Mauritania).

Goal!

Goal! Mali 3, Mauritania 1. Moctar Sidi El Hacen (Mauritania) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Mamadou Fofana (Mali) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Mamadou Fofana (Mali) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Mauritania. Ismael Diakite draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Mauritania. Conceded by Hamari Traoré.

Attempt missed. Youssouf Kone (Mali) left footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Egypt11001013
3Zimbabwe100101-10
4DR Congo100102-20

B

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2Guinea10102201
3Madagascar10102201
4Burundi100101-10

C

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1Algeria11002023
2Senegal11002023
3Kenya100102-20
4Tanzania100102-20

D

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2Morocco11001013
3Namibia100101-10
4South Africa100101-10

E

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1Mali11004133
2Angola10101101
3Tunisia10101101
4Mauritania100114-30

F

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2Cameroon00000000
3Ghana00000000
4Guinea-Bissau00000000
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