Yesterday’s AFCON Results: Gabon seal the win, Big results in Group D- Points Table and Format
The Africa Cup of Nations is well and truly underway with matches coming at us thick and fast everyday. To get you up to date with all the latest results and happenings at the continental tournament in Cameroon, we at Alley Sport bring you this article on yesterday’s AFCON results, including some underwhelming performances and surprise results. We also take a look at the points table and format of the competition, just for you.
Yesterday’s AFCON Results: Groups C and E
Aaron Boupendza stepped up in the absence of Gabon’s COVID-stricken captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to earn Gabon a hard-fought 1-0 victory against debutants Comoros in yesterday’s Group C fixture in Yaoundé. The striker, playing his club football in Qatar scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute when he smashed the ball high into the roof of the net past helpless Comoros goalkeeper Ali Ahmada. With star men Aubameyang and Lemina returning soon, Gabon got off to a perfect start to their AFCON campaign with this result.
The Group E clash between Algeria and Sierra Leone saw the defending champions of the Africa Cup of Nations held to an underwhelming goalless draw by a spirited Sierra Leone side. Riyad Mahrez’s side struggled to break down the underdogs in the match all game, with Yacine Brahimi missing the only real clear-cut chance of the game. The result means that Algeria’s chied Group E rivals Ivory Coast can seize the early lead in the group by beating Equatorial Guinea later today.
Yesterday’s AFCON Results: Group D
Both the opening matches of Group D at the AFCON were played out yesterday. Kelechi Iheanacho’s stunning strike earned Nigeria a well-deserved 1-0 win against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt in the group’s opening game. Pharaohs captain Salah was unable to inspire his team to victory despite being highly regarded as title favourites before. Egypt were second best all game and must improve soon if they want to have any hope of progressing.
The group’s other game saw a 0-0 stalemate between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau as Sudan goalkeeper Ali Aboeshren turned out to be his country’s hero by saving a late penalty from Guinea-Bissau’s Pele. Here is how things stand after the first round of results in Group D:
AFCON Format: Group Stage and Knockouts
A total of 24 teams are competing in the final tournament at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. Only the hosts received an automatic qualification spot, with the other 23 teams qualified through a qualification tournament. At the finals, the 24 teams were drawn into six groups of four teams. The teams in each group play a single round robin. After the group stage, the top two teams from each group and the four highest ranked third-placed teams advanced to the round of 16.
The round of 16 winners advance to the quarter-finals and the quarter-final winners advanced to the semi-finals. The semi-final losers play in a third place match, while the semi-final winners contest the final. The final this year is set be played at the Olembe stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon. It’s time to enjoy an African feast of football this January for us.
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