Africa Cup of Nations - Group F
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Afcon 2021: The Gambia beat Mauritania in dream debut

The Gambia's Ablie Jallow (hidden) wheels away in delight after his fine match-winner
Ablie Jallow (hidden) wheels away in delight after his fine match-winner

The Gambia enjoyed a dream Africa Cup of Nations debut by beating Mauritania 1-0 in Limbe to go joint-top of Group F.

Ablie Jallow struck the winner after 10 minutes as he controlled Musa Barrow's pass with one touch before scoring from 25 yards with his second.

Mauritania rallied strongly late in the first half but failed to seriously trouble Gambian goalkeeper Modou Jobe.

The Scorpions move level with Mali, who beat Tunisia 1-0 earlier on Wednesday.

Lying 150th, The Gambia are the lowest-ranked team at the Nations Cup in Cameroon, and next face Mali - whose victory was fuelled by controversy - on Sunday.

Scorpions provide early sting

Nearly 50 years on from first trying, and failing, to qualify for Africa's most prestigious sporting event, The Gambia finally took their place at the top table of the continental game.

It was a proud moment for the nation of 2.5 million and especially for defender Pa Modou Jagne, the longest-serving member of the squad who made his Gambian debut back in 2006.

The 32-year-old would have wished for a dream start and it came true as Jallow showed excellent intention and technique as he lashed home left-footed, when little seemed on, to leave Mauritania goalkeeper Boubacar Diop grasping air.

The goal was reward for The Gambia's bright start but as the first half wore on, they lost control to a Mauritania side who fashioned chances with good build-up play only for their final strikes to lack either accuracy or power.

Recent call-up Pape Ibnou Ba was busy for the Mourabitounes but failed to take advantage of the crosses that came his way as Mauritania rallied under French coach Didier Gomes Da Rosa, appointed just two months ago.

In 2019, Mauritania were in the same role as The Gambia when making their Nations Cup bow in Egypt, where they exited in the first round with no wins, one goal and two draws from their three games.

The Gambia could have wrapped up victory shortly after half-time only for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley to head wide when well-placed prior to Ebrima Colley blazing over when also in a promising position.

Musa unleashed from distance two minutes into stoppage time only for goalkeeper Diop to pull off another decent save to keep the scoreline down.

Twenty-two of the 24 teams at Afcon have now been in action, with the remaining teams - Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea - taking to the field in Douala in Group E on Wednesday evening.

Line-ups

Mauritania

Formation 5-3-2

  • 22Diop
  • 2KaramokoSubstituted forAbou Dembaat 45'minutes
  • 21HoueibibSubstituted forBaat 80'minutes
  • 14Dellahi
  • 3Abeid
  • 28ThiamSubstituted forCamaraat 66'minutes
  • 12N'DiayeBooked at 30minsSubstituted forThiamat 65'minutes
  • 8Fofana
  • 17MahmoudSubstituted forDoukaraat 59'minutes
  • 27Kamara
  • 25Booked at 28mins

Substitutes

  • 1N'Diaye
  • 4Abou Demba
  • 5
  • 7Thiam
  • 9Tanjy
  • 10Ba
  • 11Camara
  • 13Diarra
  • 15Doukara
  • 18Mouhsine
  • 19Coulibaly
  • 24Yacoub

Gambia

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jobe
  • 26TouraySubstituted forSannehat 82'minutes
  • 12Gomez
  • 5Colley
  • 13Jagne
  • 19ColleyBooked at 56minsSubstituted forJallowat 74'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Marreh
  • 28Adams
  • 10Barrow
  • 3JallowSubstituted forDarboeat 64'minutes
  • 9CeesaySubstituted forDarboeat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Ngum
  • 7Jallow
  • 8Darboe
  • 15Sohna
  • 16Jallow-Mbye
  • 17Jobe
  • 20Trawally
  • 22Sibi
  • 23Badamosi
  • 24Darboe
  • 25Sanneh
  • 27Njie
Referee:
Mustapha Ghorbal

Match Stats

Home TeamMauritaniaAway TeamGambia
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mauritania 0, Gambia 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Mauritania 0, Gambia 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Idrissa Thiam (Mauritania).

  4. Post update

    Sulayman Marreh (Gambia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Souleymane Doukara (Mauritania) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Gambia. Conceded by Babacar Diop.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Musa Barrow (Gambia) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ebrima Darboe.

  8. Booking

    Lamin Jallow (Gambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Guessouma Fofana (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lamin Jallow (Gambia).

  11. Booking

    Dembo Darboe (Gambia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Babacar Diop (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Dembo Darboe (Gambia).

  14. Post update

    Adama Ba (Mauritania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Pa Modou Jagne (Gambia).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harouna Abou Demba (Mauritania) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Bubacarr Sanneh (Gambia).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Mauritania. Aboubakar Kamara tries a through ball, but Pape Bâ is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Mohamed Dellahi (Mauritania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon11002113
2Cape Verde11001013
3Burkina Faso100112-10
4Ethiopia100101-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Guinea11001013
2Senegal11001013
3Malawi100101-10
4Zimbabwe100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gabon11001013
2Morocco11001013
3Comoros100101-10
4Ghana100101-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria11001013
2Guinea-Bissau10100001
3Sudan10100001
4Egypt100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast11001013
2Algeria10100001
3Sierra Leone10100001
4Equatorial Guinea100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gambia11001013
2Mali11001013
3Mauritania100101-10
4Tunisia100101-10
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