Tuesday January 24, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished Stade de Franceville

Mali 1 - 0 Guinea

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Traore strike downs Guinea

    African Cup of Nations - Traore strike downs Guinea

    Mali secured a vital 1-0 victory over rivals Guinea in Franceville as they joined Ghana at the top of African Cup of Nations Group D. More

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    • Mali
    • Guinea
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    • 90+4' FULL TIME. But nothing comes of it and Mali hold on for the win! Bakaye Traore with the winner that puts Mali joint top with Ghana.
    • 90+3' Feindouno! He takes aim from 25 yards and sees his fierce effort tipped over the bar! A late corner...
    • 90+2' A silly challenge from Diall on Sow and he is already on a booking. He is lucky to avoid a second yellow there.
    • 90+2' We will have four minutes of injury time.
    • 90+1' Mali invite pressure when playing the ball around the back but succeed in drawing a foul, allowing them to waste more time.
    • 90' Guinea didn't actually give the ball back, which isn't very sporting. But the lose possession.
    • 89' A Mali defender gets a shot right in the chest and manfully takes the impact before falling to ground. Mali really have defended superbly today.
    • 87' The frustration continues for Guinea as they fail to get a shot away. That has been the story of their night: frustration.
    • 85' Ousmane Coulibaly is on for Drissa Diakite for the final stages.
    • 83' Now Traore curls in a cross from the right and Barry can't get a shot away as he is under the close attentions of the impressive Mali defence.
    • 81' Feindouno takes a two-step run-up to a free-kick and sees his shot curl on target, but Diakite is equal to it.
    • 79' Habib Balde is replaced by Sadio Diallo for Guinea.
    • 77' Now Diallo races into the box to collect an excellent through-pass and Mal scramble his cross clear. Guinea are stepping things up here.
    • 76' Camara embarks on an excellent run forward and into the box but sees his cross but out by the excellent Kante.
    • 75' Another change for Mali as Samba Sow comes on for Samba Diakite to win his tenth cap.
    • 73' Dembele gets a cross wrong but Guinea keeper Yattara is forced to turn it over his own bar.
    • 72' Feindouno thinks he has a decent chance to shoot at goal from 20 yards but he skews his effort off target.
    • 70' Feindouno takes the free-kick and his effort is deflected behind for a corner. Mali clear from the second set-piece.
    • 69' Now N'Diaye also goes into the book for a messy challenge on Ibrahima Traore.
    • 68' Samba Diakite goes into the book for dissent.
    • 67' Dembele suddenly bears down on goal in acres of space but Yattara does superbly to hare off his line and block the shot. The keeper is stranded and vulnerable to a lob but Keita and Maiga exchange passes instead of going for the shot.
    • 66' What a chance! Substitute Camara whips in a vicious cross from the left but Barry can't get his head on it.
    • 64' Garra Dembele comes on in place of Cheick Diabate for Mali.
    • 63' There is a great atmosphere in Franceville now, with music and chants rolling down off the stands. It is making for a fine occasion.
    • 62' Ousmane Barry replaces Ismael Bangoura in another change to the Guinea attack.
    • 60' Bobo Balde continues his one-man mission to flatten Cheick Diabate with a lunge from behind but he takes the ball cleanly.
    • 59' Lass Bangoura looked a threat every time he got hold of the ball so that really is a weird decision. I know what Arsenal fans would have made of it...
    • 57' Lass Bangoura is replaced, somewhat bizarrely, by Guinea as Abdoulaye Camara comes on. Have they not seen how effective he has been? Anyway...
    • 55' Bobo Balde produces a horrible challenge on Cheick Diabate as he leaps into the air and plunges his studs into the side of the striker. No booking though.
    • 54' Lass Bangoura with yet another shot on goal but this time his effort is caught by goalkeeper Diakate.
    • 53' Guinea are enjoying the better of the chances once again. But Mali still retain some semblance of control.
    • 51' Lass Bangoura gets away from one tackle but can't escape the clutches of Samba Diakate. Lass looks a potential star in the making though.
    • 50' Ibrahima Traore is furious when the offside flag goes up as he races beyond the defence but it is the right ball.
    • 49' Habib Balde halts a run forward from Samba Diakite with a pretty blatant foul from behind. The Guinea midfielder is perhaps lucky to avoid a booking.
    • 47' Diakite is forced into action early on in the second half as Guinea threaten with a weak low effort from Ismael Bangoura.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF-TIME. Bakaye Traore's goal separates the sides.
    • 45+1' Now Zayatte hoofs a free-kick at goal and his effort deflects off the wall and away for a corner.
    • 45' Bobo Balde pulls down Cheick Diabate but somehow avoids punishment. That could arguably have been a red card, even if it was a touch theatrical from the Mali man.
    • 44' Now Zayatte heads over from another set-piece as Guinea threaten again.
    • 42' A cross from the dangerous Lass Bangoura but Kante heads clear for Mali. He has been excellent so far tonight.
    • 41' Feindouno with a corner from the right and Lass Bangoura gets to the ball, only for his header to fly off target. It was a decent chance.
    • 39' Ibrahima Diallo is given a yellow card for diving but it looked a clear foul from N'Diaye right on the edge of the box. What a harsh decision. It was almost a penalty.
    • 37' Traore whips in a free-kick for Guinea but he can't beat Keita, who is the first man and heads clear.
    • 36' Keita releases Adama Tamboura with a pass that would have been worthy of his Barca team-mate Xavi. He would have been through on goal but is called offside - a borderline decision at best.
    • 35' Great save from Diakite! He races off his line to block at the feet of Ismael Bangoura, who had embarked on a clever run through the Mali defence.
    • 34' The ball bounces into the path of Feindouno 25 yards from goal and from the corner of the box he unleashes a wild effort that soars towards the corner flag.
    • 33' So how will Guinea react to going a goal down? They have created the better chances, the goal aside of course, so far in this game.
    • 31' In the aftermath of the goal both groups of players become involved in a flashpoint as a pushing match ensues. The referee is on hand to calm things down though.
    • 30' GOAL! Mali 1-0 Guinea! Bakaye Traore thumps the ball in from 20 yards out and it clips the back of Bobo Balde before flying past the keeper. In the build-up, Cheick Diabate produced an air-kick.
    • 29' A nice turn from Abdou Traore on the left wing sees him duck away from his marker and he wins a free-kick on the touchline. Guinea clear though.
    • 28' Lass Bangoura controls a long pass from Bobo Balde on his chest to get away from his man but finds his run into the box halted by Cedric Kante.
    • 27' Good chance for Guinea! Lass Bangoura races clear down the right wing, reaches the edge of the box and thumps a shot into the side netting. On the opposite side of the ground they thought it was in.
    • 25' Bobo Balde raises high to meet and head clear from a corner from Abdou Traore.
    • 24' Feindouno plays in a nice through-ball for Lass Bangoura but the pass has too much pace and just races away from the young Rayo Vallecano forward.
    • 23' Now Bakaye Traore is brought down by Ibrahima Traore as Mali win yet another free-kick. Again they fail to exploit the chance though.
    • 22' Keita takes the subsequent free-kick but drives his effort into the wall. That was a very poor attempt.
    • 21' Habib Balde produces one nasty challenge and follows up with another as the ball squirms loose. He is lucky to avoid a yellow card.
    • 20' The corner arrives and Zayatte produces a firm header that rattles the post. However, the ball curled out of play from the corner so the game is called back.
    • 20' Lass Bangoura races down the left and wins a corner as Cedric Kante turns the ball behind for Mali.
    • 19' A great save! Soumaila Diakite throws himself to his right to claw away a header from Ismael Bangoura. Ibrahima Traore flung in the cross after taking advantage of some inattentive defending from Mali.
    • 18' The ball is headed clear from the free-kick and bounces out to Diakite, who blasts an effort well off target. That was awful.
    • 17' Keita sneaks away from his man and Lass Bangoura brings him to ground to concede another set-piece.
    • 16' Yattara is fine to continue and so we play on.
    • 15' Yattara needs treatment, as does a Mali star. We might have a minor delay as he receives treatment.
    • 14' Mali win another free-kick and it is Keita again who is handed responsibility. His delivery drops into a dangerous position but goalkeeper Naby Yattara draws a foul when leaping for the ball.
    • 13' Mamadou Bah goes into the book for a high tackle on Keita. His leg was outstretched and caught Keita on the shoulder. Nasty.
    • 12' Risky from Bobo Balde as he steps away from a challenge and plays a square pass to Zayatte. His colleague doesn't mess about though and quickly clears.
    • 11' It looks like this game will be characterised by physical battles all over the pitch. It should make for an absorbing contest. Mali clear from the set-piece.
    • 10' It looks like this game will be characterised by physical battles all over the pitch. It should make for an absorbing contest.
    • 8' Mali have settled a bit after that fast start from Guinea and look more composed in possession now.
    • 6' Mali win a free-kick and it is Barca midfielder Keita who is tasked with taking it. He goes deep to the back post but the set-piece has far too much on it and soars out of play.
    • 4' It has been a very bright start for Guinea here in Franceville and Mali have been pressed back in the opening stages.
    • 2' Soumbeila Diakite forced into action early on for Mali as he produces a save to palm away from a fierce attempt from 25 yards out from Ibrahima Traore.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 18.57 We will now enjoy the two teams' national anthems.
    • 18.55 Meanwhile, Guinea will rely on Stuttgart's Ibrahima Traore on the left wing and two notable defenders in former Celtic man Bobo Balde and Kamil Zayatte, formerly of Hull City. Forward Pascal Feindouno also has spells with Bordeaux and Monaco in his CV, even if he is currently a free agent.
    • 18.50 Mali have some notable names absent with Mohamed Sissoko and Mahamadou Diarra not included the squad, but a player to watch out for is former Newcastle target Modibo Maiga, who plays for Sochaux, as well as Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita of course.
    • 18.45 If you want to get anything off your chest during the match then give me a shout on Twitter and I will try and use some of your comments here. Go on, don't be shy. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 18.40 TEAMS: Mali: S Diakite, D Diakite, N'Diaye, Kante, Tamboura, S Diakite, A Traore, B Traore, S Keita, Diabate, Maiga./// Guinea: N Yattara, Balde, Zayatte, Diallo, T Bah, J Balde, Traore, M Bah, Feindouno, I Bangoura, A Bangoura.
    • 18.35 Tweet from the Eurosport TV account: "#ACNeurosport Bordeaux’s Cheick Diabate scored four goals in his final four appearances for Mali in qualifying #ACN2012" Follow Eurosport on Twitter!
    • 18.30 Guinea, who topped a group including Nigeria in qualifying, are 80th in the world, have nine previous appearances at the tournament and finished runners-up in 1976. Their coach is Michel Dussuyer and they will also be targeting second place. As such, this is expected to be a decisive match come the end of the group stage.
    • 18.25 So how do the teams match up? Mali are ranked 67th in the world and have reached the finals on six occasions, finishing as runners-up in 1972. They are managed by former France great Alain Giresse and will have aspirations of finishing second behind Ghana in the group.
    • 18.20 In today's earlier game, Ghana secured a narrow win over Botswana thanks to a goal from John Mensah, who was later sent off. Read the match report
    • 18.15 Hello and welcome to our live commentary on the African Cup of Nations Group D tie between Mali and Guinea in Franceville, Gabon.
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    Manager: Alain Giresse

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    Manager: Michel Dussuyer

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