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For its first participation in the African Cup of Nations, Gambia continues to live its dream. The Scorpions got their ticket to the quarter-finals by beating Guinea (0-1) yet favorite.
Gambia is one of the sensations of this Can-2022 and achieves a new feat. After an excellent group stage, the Scorpions, who are experiencing their first African Cup, qualified for the quarter-finals by beating Guinea (0-1) on Monday January 24.
Favorite on paper, Guinea offered the first chance of the match. In the 4th minute, on a corner, Bayo takes the ball in the area and manages to deceive the Gambian defense, but his shot goes well over.
But as the minutes go by, it is Gambia which proves to be the most incisive and the most dangerous, particularly under the impetus of Barrow. The Scorpions striker unleashes a nice powerful shot in front of the Guinean surface, but it is pushed back by Keita. On an incoming corner, the Bologna player is also close to unlocking the counter twice, but these missiles are cleared by the Guinean goalkeeper.
The Guineans are struggling to place their game against a very well organized and determined Gambia. In the 38th, however, Guinea is close to opening the scoring. On a loss of ball, Aguibou serves Bayo, infiltrated in the surface. The striker strikes twice against the Gambian goalkeeper, Gaye is decisive. Just before the break, it was the Scorpions who had the opportunity to score their first goal. Shifted to the left of the area, Darboe tried his luck but his ball grazed Guinea’s goal.
Back from the locker room, Guinea shows a better face. In the 54th minute, on a good one-two between Kanté and Moriba, the latter shot into the area, but his shot was well blocked by Colley. However, very quickly, the rhythm slows down as in the first period.
A logical victory for The Gambia
Logically, Gambia finally opened the scoring. Very well served by Bobb, the unavoidable Barrow enters the full axis surface and only has to place his ball in the back of the net by adjusting his shot against the Guinea goalkeeper (71st). Finally stung, the national Syli wakes up. On a cross from Kanté, Conté headed back to the far post and put the ball in the back of the goal, but he was finally flagged offside.
Guinea continues to push, but without succeeding in concretizing. At the end of the game, she even finds herself in numerical superiority after the expulsion of Njie for a second yellow card. The ending is epic. The Guineans offer themselves a triple chance on a cross, but the Scorpions are saved by the post, then by their goalkeeper who deflects the ball on the crossbar and finally by a tackle from Jagne. The two teams end the match at ten after a second yellow card given to Conté.
In the next round, Gambia will face the winner of the match between Cameroon and Comoros.
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