Africa Cup of Nations - Round of 16
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Equatorial Guinea win 6-5 on penalties

Afcon 2021: Keeper Owono the hero as Equatorial Guinea shock Mali on penalties

Jesus Owono
Jesus Owono made the critical save in the penalty shoot-out

Goalkeeper Jesus Owono was Equatorial Guinea's hero as they shocked Mali in a penalty shootout to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Owono, 20, saved twice in the shootout to help them go through 6-5 on spot-kicks after a 0-0 draw.

Initially, the referee indicated the decisive save from Falaye Sacko's effort needed to be retaken, but a VAR check showed Owono's foot was still on the line.

Equatorial Guinea play Senegal next.

Mali, 61 places higher in the world rankings than their opponents, had the better chances but were frustrated by another resilient Equatorial Guinea performance.

A high-tempo but untidy first half saw Mali's Amadou Haidara have the best chance when the RB Leipzig star - who has been linked with a move to the Premier League - was only able to scuff a weak shot from close range.

Five minutes before the break, the Eagles were awarded a penalty when Moussa Doumbia clashed with Equatorial Guinea's Josete Miranda.

But referee Bakary Gassama reversed his decision when he viewed the incident on the touchline monitor.

Mali improved further in the second period and Red Bull Salzburg's Mohamed Camara spurned another opportunity in the 56th minute.

After great work from Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma on the right, Camara got the ball, but fired over from close to the penalty spot.

Substitute Moussa Djenepo also came close to putting the Mali in front but his powerful effort was deflected just wide.

Equatorial Guinea, who inflicted a first defeat in 36 games on defending champions Algeria in the group stage, rarely threatened at the other end.

But former Middlesbrough and Birmingham defender Emilio Nsue came on as a sub for them with an hour to go and played an increasingly influential role.

He curled a shot over in the last moments of normal time and was a constant menace to the Mali defence in the extra period.

Mali keeper Ibrahim Mounkouro was forced into a rare save when Basilio Ndong struck from distance.

But one shot on target from each team in 120 minutes of football told the story, and it came to penalties to decide who would go through to face Sadio Mane and Co in Douala on Sunday in the last eight.

Nsue blazed the first kick over the bar, but Mali also missed through Massadio Haidara, and both keepers then made saves in the sequence to take it to sudden death.

Mali's Sacko needed to score to keep his team in it, but Owono dived low to make a fine stop.

Celebrations were held up for a few moments as the VAR check took place, but then Equatorial Guinea - who reached the semi-finals back in 2015 when they hosted the tournament - had their victory confirmed.

It was a bitter disappointment for favourites Mali, who had been the better team throughout, but failed to make their quality and opportunities count.

Line-ups

Mali

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Mounkoro
  • 2Traoré
  • 17Sacko
  • 5Kouyaté
  • 6Haïdara
  • 4HaïdaraSubstituted forDiengat 108'minutes
  • 26Camara
  • 14Malouda TraoréSubstituted forDjenepoat 70'minutes
  • 20BissoumaSubstituted forTraoréat 70'minutes
  • 7DoumbiaBooked at 78mins
  • 18KonéSubstituted forTouréat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Traoré
  • 8Samassékou
  • 9Touré
  • 10Coulibaly
  • 11Coulibaly
  • 12Sissako
  • 16Diarra
  • 19Djenepo
  • 21Traoré
  • 22Diawara
  • 23Dieng
  • 25Sinayoko

Equatorial Guinea

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Owono Ngua Akeng
  • 15Akapo Martínez
  • 21Orozco Fernández Obiang Obono
  • 16Coco-Bassey Oubiña
  • 11Owono Nchama
  • 6Salvador EdúBooked at 23mins
  • 22GanetBooked at 43mins
  • 8MachínSubstituted forBelimaat 82'minutes
  • 17Miranda BoachoBooked at 32minsSubstituted forBuyla Samat 63'minutes
  • 4Bikoro Akieme NchamaBooked at 74minsSubstituted forEneme Bocariat 82'minutes
  • 18Hanza MehaSubstituted forNsueat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mayé
  • 7Belima
  • 9Siafá Etoha
  • 10Nsue
  • 12Magno Mba Bicoro
  • 14Buyla Sam
  • 19Nlavo Asué
  • 20Eneme Bocari
  • 23Meseguer
  • 24Balboa Bandeira
  • 27Mbengono Asu
  • 28Nsue Ntugu Akele
Referee:
Bakary Gassama

Match Stats

Home TeamMaliAway TeamEquatorial Guinea
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away31

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Mali 0(5), Equatorial Guinea 0(6).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Mali 0(5), Equatorial Guinea 0(6).

  3. Post update

    Penalty saved! Falaye Sacko (Mali) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  4. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(5), Equatorial Guinea 0(6). Santiago Eneme (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  5. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(5), Equatorial Guinea 0(5). Mohamed Camara (Mali) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  6. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(4), Equatorial Guinea 0(5). Iban Salvador (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  7. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(4), Equatorial Guinea 0(4). Aliou Dieng (Mali) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(3), Equatorial Guinea 0(4). Saúl Coco (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(3), Equatorial Guinea 0(3). El Bilal Touré (Mali) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Penalty saved! Pablo Ganet (Equatorial Guinea) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Hamari Traoré (Mali) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Hamari Traoré should be disappointed.

  12. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(2), Equatorial Guinea 0(3). Jannick Buyla (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty saved! Massadio Haïdara (Mali) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(2), Equatorial Guinea 0(2). Carlos Akapo (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(2), Equatorial Guinea 0(1). Moussa Djenepo (Mali) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  16. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(1), Equatorial Guinea 0(1). Rubén Belima (Equatorial Guinea) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  17. Post update

    Goal! Mali 0(1), Equatorial Guinea 0. Adama Noss Traoré (Mali) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Emilio Nsue (Equatorial Guinea) right footed shot is too high. Emilio Nsue should be disappointed.

  19. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Mali 0, Equatorial Guinea 0.

  20. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Mali 0, Equatorial Guinea 0.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon32107347
2Burkina Faso31113304
3Cape Verde31112204
4Ethiopia301226-41

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Senegal31201015
2Guinea31112204
3Malawi31112204
4Zimbabwe310234-13

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco32105237
2Gabon31204315
3Comoros310235-23
4Ghana301235-21

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria33006159
2Egypt32012116
3Sudan301214-31
4Guinea-Bissau301203-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast32106337
2Equatorial Guinea32012116
3Sierra Leone302123-12
4Algeria301214-31

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32104137
2Gambia32103127
3Tunisia31024223
4Mauritania300307-70
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