Arsenal’s five-strong AFCON contingent have made it through the first round of games in Cameroon.
Here’s how they fared…
Morocco 1-0 Ghana
Thomas was substituted in stoppage time as Ghana lost their opening match to Sofiane Boufal’s strike seven minutes from the end. Ghana will hope to get back on track when they face Auba’s Gabon on Friday.
Comoros 0-1 Gabon
Auba had to sit out the game after testing positive for Covid-19 on his arrival in Cameroon. The good news is that our striker is out of isolation, back in training ahead and available on Friday.
Ivory Coast 1-0 Equatorial Guinea
Nico came off the bench to play the final 19 minutes. Captain Max Gradel scored the winner after 5 minutes with a spectacular strike from the edge of the box
What a hit Max Gradel ☄️🇨🇮 pic.twitter.com/iEIea8gd3j
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Nigeria 1-0 Egpyt
Kelechi Iheanacho’s early strike was enough for the Super Eagles to take the points against Mo’s lacklustre Egypt. Our man played the full match in midfield. Egypt go again on Saturday versus Guinea-Bissau.
Tunisia 0-1 Mali
Omar watched from the bench as his country’s match turned into a farce following some bizarre timekeeping that saw referee Janny Sikazwe of Zambia twice blow his whistle before the clock had hit 90 minutes. 25 minutes after the players had returned to the dressing room, officials decided the final minutes should be played only for Tunisia to refuse. Tunisia have since lodged a complaint to CAF about the officiating.
The referee blows the whistle before the 90 minutes are up…
VAR checks, two penalties and a red card… no stoppage time?!
It ends Tunisia 0-1 Mali 👀 pic.twitter.com/tPoiw7ZNGX
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