Africa Cup of Nations - Group B
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Afcon 2021: Malawi overcome Zimbabwe to boost last 16 hopes

Malawi celebrate a goal against Zimbabwe
Malawi are appearing at the Africa Cup of Nations for a third time

Gabadinho Mhango scored twice as Malawi beat Zimbabwe 2-1 to boost their hopes of a first-ever appearance in the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zimbabwe went ahead with a superb 38th-minute header from Ishmael Wadi, but Mhango equalised five minutes later with a controlled half-volley.

And Mhango put the Flames ahead in their Group B clash by dinking over the keeper 13 minutes into the second half.

Malawi sit a point behind Guinea and Senegal, who both have four points.

The victory is only Malawi's second win at the Nations Cup, with their first - a 3-0 victory over Algeria - came in 2010, when they exited in the group stages.

The Flames know victory over pre-tournament favourites Senegal in their final group game on Tuesday will see them through to the knock-out stage, while a point could be enough to progress as one of four best third-placed sides.

Both sides had lost their opening games 1-0, with Zimbabwe beaten by a 97th-minute Senegalese penalty and Malawi by Guinea, and it was the Zimbabweans who had the better first-half openings.

Warriors centre-back Gerald Takwara sent a free header down and wide, while Wadi saw one headed effort go close and another pushed behind by Malawi keeper Ernest Kakhobwe.

Wadi's opener was a fine header from Bruce Kangwa's left-wing cross, which he directed back across goal from 14 yards and looped over the keeper.

Another good ball into the box - this time by Francisco Madinga - set the platform for Mhango to quickly equalise at the back post and the forward then completed the comeback with a composed finish.

The Flames were still without head of technical panel Mario Marinica but had several players available again after a Covid-19 outbreak, having only been able to name four substitutes in their opening game against Guinea.

Defeat means Zimbabwe become the first team to be eliminated from the Nations Cup, as they can no longer finish third in the group.

Line-ups

Malawi

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16KakhobweBooked at 90mins
  • 21Chirwa
  • 19MzavaSubstituted forChaziyaat 27'minutes
  • 5Chembezi
  • 2SanudiBooked at 49mins
  • 17Banda
  • 8IdanaSubstituted forPhiriat 84'minutes
  • 10MadingaSubstituted forPetroat 84'minutes
  • 11Mhango
  • 9MbuluSubstituted forBandaat 66'minutes
  • 22MuyabaSubstituted forChesterat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Thomu
  • 3Petro
  • 4Cholopi
  • 6Chirwa
  • 7Mhone
  • 12Fodyah
  • 13Banda
  • 14Ngalande
  • 15Chaziya
  • 20Chester
  • 26Davie
  • 27Phiri

Zimbabwe

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Mhari
  • 22Chimwemwe
  • 5Takwara
  • 15HadebeBooked at 29mins
  • 14Bhasera
  • 4MadzongweBooked at 83mins
  • 7WadiSubstituted forMahachiat 84'minutes
  • 17MusonaSubstituted forMuskweat 78'minutes
  • 8Benyu
  • 12KangwaBooked at 20minsSubstituted forZemuraat 67'minutes
  • 10Kadewere

Substitutes

  • 2Murwira
  • 3Zemura
  • 6Mudimu
  • 9Moyo
  • 11Tigere
  • 13Kamusoko
  • 16Mahachi
  • 18Dube
  • 19Muskwe
  • 20Muduhwa
  • 21Shumba
  • 23Mapisa
Referee:
Dahane Beida

Match Stats

Home TeamMalawiAway TeamZimbabwe
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Malawi 2, Zimbabwe 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Malawi 2, Zimbabwe 1.

  3. Booking

    Ernest Kakhobwe (Malawi) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kudakwashe Mahachi (Zimbabwe) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Tinotenda Kadewere (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dennis Chembezi (Malawi).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Zemura (Zimbabwe).

  8. Post update

    Gomezgani Chirwa (Malawi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Zimbabwe. Conceded by Yamikani Chester.

  10. Post update

    Jordan Zemura (Zimbabwe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stanley Sanudi (Malawi).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Malawi. John Charles Petro replaces Francisco Madinga.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Malawi. Gerald Phiri replaces Chimwemwe Idana.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Zimbabwe. Kudakwashe Mahachi replaces Ishmael Wadi because of an injury.

  15. Booking

    Kelvin Madzongwe (Zimbabwe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kelvin Madzongwe (Zimbabwe).

  17. Post update

    Gabadinho Mhango (Malawi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Zimbabwe. Admiral Muskwe replaces Knowledge Musona.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ishmael Wadi (Zimbabwe).

  20. Post update

    Gomezgani Chirwa (Malawi) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon22006246
2Burkina Faso21012203
3Cape Verde21011103
4Ethiopia200215-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Guinea21101014
2Senegal21101014
3Malawi21012203
4Zimbabwe200213-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco22003036
2Gabon21102114
3Ghana201112-11
4Comoros200203-30

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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