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Afcon 2019 Live Blog: Mali thrash Mauritania, Angola hold Tunisia and Bafana Bafana lose to Cote d'Ivoire

Mali recorded a 4-1 win over Mauritania while Tunisia and Angola had to settle for share of the spoils. Bafana went down to Cote d'Ivoire on Monday

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Recap

2019-06-24T22:01:04Z

South Africa went down 1-0 to Cote d'Ivoire in the first match of the day. 

You can read our in-depth tactical analysis here

The Bafana result was disappointing, and one of the players who reacted to the team's performance is Percy Tau. Check out Tau's comments here

In the second game, Tunisia drew 1-1 against Angola, but Youssef Msakni set a new Afcon record. Read all about it here

The final match of the day saw Mali hammer Mauritania 4-1; so far, the biggest win at this year's tournament. 

Stoppage time

2019-06-24T21:49:31Z

Three minutes of stoppage time have been added as Mauritania try to get a second goal but they win a corner instead. 

Five minutes to go...

2019-06-24T21:43:19Z

Mauritania have five minutes to try and rescue a point here, but it looks impossible from where I am seated. Mali don't need to push for more goals, but they are doing it nonetheless. 4-1 the scoreline. 

CORNER FOR MALI!

2019-06-24T21:38:29Z

The resulting free-kick comes off the Mauritania wall and deflects for a corner which the losing side deals with easily. 

DIALLO FOULS MAREGA!!

2019-06-24T21:36:55Z

A comedy of errors by the Mauritanians as Diallo comes off his line to foul Marega on the edge of the box. Free-kick to Diallo. His defence is letting him down. 

GOOOOOOOAAAAALL!!!

2019-06-24T21:31:45Z

Mali hit back! Adama Traore with a sublime finish from outside the box. Traore cuts inside and curls the ball past Diallo, who could only watch as the ball hits the back of the net. What a well-taken goal! 4-1 it is. 

GOOOOOOAAAAALL!!!

2019-06-24T21:30:33Z

A goal for Mauritania to show for their efforts as Elid sends the goalkeeper the wrong way, much to the delight of the team's fans out in the stands.  

PENALTY!!

2019-06-24T21:28:56Z

Mauritania get a penalty! Fofana brings Diakite down inside the box. 

CLOSE!

2019-06-24T21:26:59Z

Mauritanian striker Ba does well to get past the Malian defence and dribble past the goalkeeper, but with an empty net in front him, Wague comes to the rescue and denies him the goalscoring opportunity. What a tackle!   

GOOOOOOAAAALLL!!

2019-06-24T21:13:38Z

Mali make it 3-0 and it's Noss with a beautiful low strike past Diallo. 

The Eagles are surely home and dry now. What a performance by Mali. 

INTERESTING FACT

2019-06-24T21:10:52Z

Mali have never lost any of their Afcon opening matches. They appear to be cruising to a comfortable thus far. However, there's still a long way to go before one can make conclusions.  

Best goal celebrations?

2019-06-24T20:55:35Z

At least one fan is impressed by how Mali are celebrating their goals... 

 

 

GOOOAAAAAALLLLL!!!

2019-06-24T20:44:41Z

Marega steps up and makes it 2-0 to Mali. A cool finish by the Eagles player. 

 

PENALTY!!

2019-06-24T20:43:46Z

Mali win a penalty after a Diallo foul on Djinepo inside the box. The Mauritania goalkeeper failed to deal with Marega's shot and as he was trying to collect the ball, he brought the striker down. Penalty to Mali. 

DIALLO WITH A SAVE!

2019-06-24T20:39:23Z

Mali with another chance to double their lead as Marega takes shot from inside the box after cutting inside, but Diallo is well-positioned to make a great block. Mauritania need to get their house in order.    

GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!

2019-06-24T20:37:41Z

Brilliant! Just brilliant! Mali take the leader through a Diaby scorcher from outside the box. No chance for Diallo as he watches the ball hit the back of the net. What a goal! Top class! 1-0 to Mali. 

 

GREAT SAVE BY DIALLO!!

2019-06-24T20:35:17Z

Marega is played through on goal, but the pace of the ball is too much. However, he does well to get there and take a shot, but Diallo makes a great save to concede a corner. 

Still goalles in Suez

2019-06-24T20:31:05Z

Mali and Mauritania are still locked at 0-0 after 30 minutes. The fans at the Suez Stadium are still chanting and rallying behind their respective teams. They are only waiting for goals. 

Head-to-head

2019-06-24T20:24:58Z

Mali and Mauritania have met 26 times since 1972. Mali have won 16 to Mauritania's four while the other six matches ended in draws. Mali have won five of their last six matches against Mauritania, who beat Mali in 1995.    

WAGUE IS DOWN

2019-06-24T20:19:30Z

The Malian player is receiving medical attention after going down. Mali get ready to take their corner on the side. 

CHANCE FOR MALI!

2019-06-24T20:13:39Z

Marega and Diaby both attempt shots on target as Mali continue to probe, with the latter heading the ball over the crossbar.

Fan reaction so far

2019-06-24T20:12:56Z

Cagey affair

2019-06-24T20:08:57Z

Mali are taking the game to Mauritania, but it hasn't been a cagey affair so far. Mauritania are defending in numbers probably because they are aware that this is going to be a long night for them. 

Mali v Mauritania

2019-06-24T19:41:28Z

Goal brings you the live coverage of Mali vs Mauritania

Mali and Mauritania are in action for Monday's third match. Follow the action on Goal right now! 

FULL-TIME

2019-06-24T18:51:34Z

As predicted earlier, another draw between Tunisia and Angola. It ends 1-1 here, meaning both sides have to settle for a share of the spoils. 

Tunisia's Afcon wins

2019-06-24T18:47:48Z

Tunisia have won nine of their last 12 Afcon matches. Given their pedigree, a draw here would feel like a loss. 

Less than two minutes to go

2019-06-24T18:46:19Z

It looks like we will have a third consecutive draw between Angola and Tunisia. While both sides are trying to push for that elusive goal, their defences are solid and not willing to give anything away.  

CHANCE FOR TUNISIA

2019-06-24T18:41:19Z

Khazri finds some space to take a shot outside the box, but his effort goes inches wide of Cabaca's goal. The Angola goalkeeper looks to have had that covered anyway. It remains 1-1. 

Head-to-head

2019-06-24T18:35:41Z

Angola have never beaten Tunisia in any of the two nations' six matches since 1980. Tunisia won three while the other three matches ended in draws. 

However, the previous two matches between the two sides ended in draws, and that was 11 years ago. 

GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!

2019-06-24T18:29:03Z

Angola grab the equaliser after a gift from Mustapha. The Tunisian goalkeeper parried the ball back to play following a tame shot by Mateus, and Djalma said 'thank you' by slotting the ball into an empty net. Game on! 

 

 

KECHRIDA SHOOTS!!!

2019-06-24T18:22:37Z

Both teams appear to have packed their defence. Tunisia get their chance to test the goalkeeper from range, but Kechrida's effort goes wide. He was no way going to beat Bango from that range.  

FAN ANALYSIS

2019-06-24T18:15:02Z

Angola restricted to playing long balls

2019-06-24T17:40:10Z

Tunisia have 11 players behind the ball as Angola struggle to breach their defence. The Antelopes of Angola are now playing long balls forward in an attempt to catch their opponents on a counter.  

GOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!

2019-06-24T17:35:04Z

A beautifully taken penalty by Tunisia captain M'Sakni as he fires his side into the lead.  

PENALTY!!

2019-06-24T17:34:19Z

Troco brings Sliti down inside the ball! 

Predictions?

2019-06-24T17:31:19Z

Overall appearance at Afcon finals

2019-06-24T17:27:21Z

Overall, Tunisia have appeared 19 times at Afcon finals, including the 2019 edition, while Angola have appeared eight times.

Egypt is the nation with most Afcon appearances (24) followed by Cote d'Ivoire at 23.  

DJALMA SHOOTS!!

2019-06-24T17:20:52Z

Angola keep their Tunisians on their toes with a great team move outside the box, and Djalma strikes from distance but he skies his attempt. A very promising start for both teams. 

Tunisia at Afcon finals

2019-06-24T17:14:25Z

Tunisia have been to every Afcon tournament since 1994. They are one of the consistent African nations in terms of qualifying for the Afcon finals. 

CHANCE!!

2019-06-24T17:04:23Z

Sliti is played through on goal but he's surrounded by two Angolan defenders, and he finds it difficult to take a shot from inside the box. Good recovery by the Antelopes of Angola. 

Angola starting XI vs Tunisia

2019-06-24T16:58:55Z

Tunisia starting XI vs Angola

2019-06-24T16:51:13Z

Tunisia v Angola

2019-06-24T16:41:46Z

Our live coverage of Monday's Afcon 2019 action continues

Our focus is now on the Tunisia v Angola match. Both sides are already warming up and getting ready for the encounter... 

FULL-TIME

2019-06-24T16:22:09Z

We've come to the end of our first match this evening. Bafana Bafana have gone down to Cote d'Ivoire in what was a very tough encounter for Stuart Baxter's side. 

Kodjia's goal was enough at the end of the day, and the Ivorians would be happy with the three points.  

Time running out for Bafana

2019-06-24T16:19:07Z

We are into stoppage time, and it doesn't look like Bafana will come back here... 

CLOSE!!

2019-06-24T16:16:51Z

Pepe curls his free-kick into the top corner but Williams does brilliantly to tip the ball over the crossbar. What a save! 

FREE-KICK COTE D'IVOIRE

2019-06-24T16:15:47Z

Mkhwanazi gives away a cheap free-kick outside their box after bringing down Pepe. 

PENALTY APPEAL FOR BAFANA!!

2019-06-24T16:12:59Z

Bafana fans out in the stands appeal for a penalty as Veldwijk goes down inside the box, but the referee waves play on. Stuart Baxter is also not happy with the referee's decision.

Lars Veldwijk on standby

2019-06-24T16:09:18Z

Lars is about to come on for Bafana Bafana. It looks like Lebo Mothiba will make way for him. Bafana are still trailing Cote d'Ivoire. 

Twitter reacts to Bafana conceding a goal

2019-06-24T16:01:56Z

GOOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!

2019-06-24T15:52:17Z

Cote d'Ivoire score!! Some sloppy defending by Bafana allow Kodjia to slot the ball past Williams and fire his side into the lead! 1-0 Cote d'Ivoire. 

A defence-splitting pass was played to the left-hand side of the pitch, before Cote d'Ivoire played a cross into the Bafana box, and Kodjia had all the time in the world to trap and beat Williams. 

Yellow card for Gradel

2019-06-24T15:47:43Z

What are fans saying on Facebook?

2019-06-24T15:40:01Z

Second-half kicks off

2019-06-24T15:33:11Z

We are back underway... 

HALF-TIME ANALYSIS

2019-06-24T15:24:29Z

HALF-TIME ANALYSIS

2019-06-24T15:22:09Z

HALF-TIME

2019-06-24T15:17:53Z

The first 45 minutes ends in a goalless draw. A very compact game so far with both sides giving nothing away. Cote d'Ivoire had to great chances to score, but they couldn't take their chances. 

Bafana, on the other hand, haven't really threatened the Ivorians. Lebo Mothiba looked flat while Percy Tau hasn't been able to perform to the best of his ability. 

 

WATCH: SA's Sport Min Nathi Mthethwa addressed Bafana earlier

2019-06-24T15:16:22Z

WILLIAMS MAKES A GREAT SAVE!!

2019-06-24T15:01:54Z

Oh my word! Cote d'Ivoire beat the offside trap and get behind the Bafana defence, but Kodjia, despite doing well to control the ball inside the box, fires his volley straight at Williams, who positioned himself to make a great save! What a superb save! 

PEPE HITS THE WOODWORK

2019-06-24T15:00:16Z

Pepe steps up to take a free-kick in a promising area and it hits the crossbar with Williams well-beaten. What a chance! 

Mothiba yellow

2019-06-24T14:58:11Z

Lebo Mothiba is Bafana's first player to be booked this afternoon. He has looked out of depth so far. 

 

CLOSE!!

2019-06-24T14:55:14Z

Bafana's real chance of the match as Hlatshwayo powers his header wide from Hlanti's cross. The Cote d'Ivoire defence took the foot off the gas there and allowed Bafana to get inside their penalty area.  

Which Bafana players survived from Afcon 2013?

2019-06-24T14:48:29Z

Dean Furman and Thulani Serero were part of the Bafana squad that took part in the 2013 Afcon tournament on home soil. They are the only two players that kept their places in the team from that squad. 

Ibrahim Kamara: In his own words

2019-06-24T14:46:04Z

Cote d'Ivoire head coach Ibrahim Kamara admitted in his pre-match conference that the Elephants need to solve their defensive problems ahead of the Bafana Bafana match. Have they done? Only time will tell.

Read the full interview here

Serey Die tries his luck

2019-06-24T14:43:13Z

The Elephants are looking good in the final third as Serey Die tries his luck from distance. However, he blasts his attempt over the crossbar. 

Kick-off

2019-06-24T14:30:09Z

We are underway at Al Salam Stadium... 

National Anthems

2019-06-24T14:24:39Z

Now for the singing of the National Anthems... 

Percy Tau's profile: Who is Bafana's star player?

2019-06-24T14:18:12Z

SLIDELIST

2019-06-24T14:16:00Z

Goal picked five Bafana Bafana players we believe would be key for this encounter. 

As expected, Percy Tau is in that list... 

 

TEAM NEWS

2019-06-24T14:13:22Z

Stuart Baxter announced his starting line-up for this encounter earlier today. Let's take a look at who's in and who's out...

 

Hello Africa!

2019-06-24T14:10:19Z

Hi everyone, welcome to today's live blog. Goal is bringing you South Africa against Cote d'Ivoire from Al Salam Stadium. I am Ernest Makhaya, and I will be guiding you through every action. We will get to see what football fans on social media are saying about the game.