Africa Cup of Nations - Group B
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Africa Cup of Nations: Madagascar edge 1-0 victory over Burundi

Marco Ilaimaharitra scores
Ilaimaharitra scored his first goal for Madagascar

Marco Ilaimaharitra's thunderous free-kick gave Madagascar their first Africa Cup of Nations win by beating Burundi.

The former France youth international smashed his effort into the top corner after 76 minutes to maintain his side's unbeaten record.

Carolus Andriamahitsinoro's free-kick and thumping drive were kept out by Burundi keeper Jonathan Nahimana, as well as a header cleared off the line.

Burundi's best chance fell to Enock Sabumukama, who struck narrowly wide.

Stoke striker Saido Berahino barely had a sniff of goal for Burundi before being subbed after 61 minutes. His side are bottom of Group B having lost both their games.

Madagascar are second in the group with four points after this victory and a draw against Guinea. They face Nigeria, who are top with six points, in the final group game on Sunday.

Analysis

BBC Sport's Robert Misigaro at the Alexandria Stadium

Burundi's chances of reaching the knockout stages are as good as over after suffering their second defeat in as many games in their first Afcon.

They were slight favourites on paper, but for many who saw Madagascar's opening games, Burundi had a lot to worry about.

Burundi were composed in defence and their goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana put in one of his best performances.

But Burundi lacked a lot in attack, and after star man Berahino was taken off following a poor performance, replacement Abdoul Fiston didn't make much of a difference.

Madagascar, on the other hand, looked more menacing and eager to press and they are on course to qualify in their first Afcon outing.

Line-ups

Madagascar

  • 23Melvin
  • 20Métanire
  • 5Razakanantenaina
  • 21Fontaine
  • 22MombrisBooked at 81mins
  • 6Ilaimaharitra
  • 13Andrianantenaina
  • 15AmadaSubstituted forRakotoharimalalaat 60'minutes
  • 12NomenjanaharySubstituted forRavelosonat 74'minutes
  • 9Andriatsima
  • 2AndriamahitsinoroSubstituted forVoavyat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Dabo
  • 3Rakotoharisoa
  • 4Randrianarisoa
  • 7Caloin
  • 8Andrianarimanana
  • 10Rakotoharimalala
  • 11Voavy
  • 14Morel
  • 16Randrianasolo
  • 17Rambeloson
  • 18Raveloson
  • 19Gros

Burundi

  • 1Nahimana
  • 6Nizigiyimana
  • 14Ngandu
  • 19Nsabiyumva
  • 22Nduwarugira
  • 8Duhayindavyi
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 7Abdul Razak
  • 10NahimanaSubstituted forSabumukamaat 45'minutes
  • 17AmissiBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMavugoat 82'minutes
  • 18BerahinoSubstituted forAmissiat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Sabumukama
  • 3Kamsoba
  • 4Kwizera
  • 9Mavugo
  • 12Shabani
  • 13Ndikumana
  • 15Moussa
  • 16Nshimirimana
  • 20Moustapha
  • 21Amissi
  • 23MacArthur
Referee:
Haythem Guirat
Attendance:
4,900

Match Stats

Home TeamMadagascarAway TeamBurundi
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away24

Live Text

Match ends, Madagascar 1, Burundi 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Madagascar 1, Burundi 0.

Christophe Nduwarugira (Burundi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Njiva Rakotoharimalala (Madagascar).

Attempt missed. Christophe Nduwarugira (Burundi) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Gael Bigirimana with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burundi. Conceded by Faneva Ima Andriatsima.

Attempt missed. Omar Ngandu (Burundi) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Mohamed Amissi (Burundi) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jerome Mombris (Madagascar).

Attempt saved. Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Mohamed Amissi (Burundi).

Corner, Madagascar. Conceded by Frederic Nsabiyumva.

Attempt blocked. Faneva Ima Andriatsima (Madagascar) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rayan Raveloson with a cross.

Corner, Madagascar. Conceded by Karim Nizigiyimana.

Foul by Mohamed Amissi (Burundi).

Jerome Mombris (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Jonathan Nahimana (Burundi).

Attempt missed. Rayan Raveloson (Madagascar) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Burundi. Laudit Mavugo replaces Cédric Amissi.

Booking

Jerome Mombris (Madagascar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mohamed Amissi (Burundi) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jerome Mombris (Madagascar).

Corner, Burundi. Conceded by Adrien Melvin.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Amissi (Burundi) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Karim Nizigiyimana.

Attempt blocked. Gael Bigirimana (Burundi) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Amissi with a headed pass.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Adrien Melvin (Madagascar).

Foul by Fiston Abdul Razak (Burundi).

Adrien Melvin (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Madagascar 1, Burundi 0. Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Foul by Omar Ngandu (Burundi).

Paulin Voavy (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Madagascar. Rayan Raveloson replaces Lalaïna Nomenjanahary.

Attempt missed. Karim Nizigiyimana (Burundi) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Enock Sabumukama following a corner.

Corner, Burundi. Conceded by Thomas Fontaine.

Attempt blocked. Gael Bigirimana (Burundi) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Fiston Abdul Razak (Burundi) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pascal Razakanantenaina (Madagascar).

Corner, Burundi. Conceded by Adrien Melvin.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt22003036
2Uganda21103124
3Zimbabwe201112-11
4DR Congo200204-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria22002026
2Madagascar21103214
3Guinea201123-11
4Burundi200202-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria22003036
2Senegal21012113
3Kenya210134-13
4Tanzania200225-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast11001013
2Morocco11001013
3Namibia100101-10
4South Africa100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali11004133
2Angola10101101
3Tunisia10101101
4Mauritania100114-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon11002023
2Benin10102201
3Ghana10102201
4Guinea-Bissau100102-20
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