Esteban strikes as Equatorial Guinea shock reigning champions Algeria

Esteban Obiang scored 20 minutes from time as Equatorial Guinea pulled off one of the great Africa Cup of Nations finals upsets with a 1-0 win over Algeria, the defending champions, in Douala on Sunday.

Obiang struck from a corner as the tiny nation of 1.4 million ended Algeria’s run of 35 unbeaten internationals, inflicting their first defeat since October 2018. The shock Group E result leaves Algeria bottom of the standings and needing a win in their last group game against Ivory Coast on Thursday to stand any chance of advancing to the knockout stages of the tournament in Cameroon.

A goalkeeping howler handed Sierra Leone a dramatic late equaliser that secured a 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast in their Group E clash in Douala. Badra Ali Sangaré lost control of the ball and spilt it for Sierra Leone’s Alhaji Kamara to snatch a 95th-minute goal as they grabbed their second point of the tournament after holding Algeria 0-0 on Tuesday.

Sébastien Haller scored first to put Ivory Coast ahead before half-time but the 21-year-old Musa Kamara equalised for Sierra Leone, before Nicolas Pépé restored the Ivorians’ lead.

Hamza Mathlouthi and Wahbi Khazri scored goals inside the opening nine minutes to set up a comfortable 4-0 victory for Tunisia over Mauritania.

Khazri added another in the second half and then laid on a fourth for Seifeddine Jaziri as Tunisia were vastly improved, having lost their opener to Mali in controversial fashion when the Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe erred by twice ending the game before the 90 minutes.

Tunisia, for whom Youssef Msakni missed a late penalty, have three points from two matches and are in third in the group behind the Gambia and Mali, who have four points each after drawing 1-1. Musa Barrow netted a last-minute penalty to equalise for the Gambia following after Ibrahima Koné had scored from the spot. Mauritania will finish bottom after two defeats.

Tunisia now meet the Gambia in their final pool match on Thursday, while Mali tackle Mauritania. The top two teams in each group advance to the second round, along with the four best third-place finishers across the six pools.

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