🌍 AFCON: Hakimi stunner staves off upset; Mané sends Senegal through | OneFootball

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Joel Sanderson-Murray·25 January 2022

🌍 AFCON: Hakimi stunner staves off upset; Mané sends Senegal through

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We had two more fixtures from the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations to look forward to on Tuesday.

Here’s what went down.

Hakimi the hero in Morocco comeback

Scorers: En-Nesyri 45+2′, Hakimi 70′; Mhango 7′

Another Achraf Hakimi wonder goal helped Morocco avoid an upset against Malawi and march into the last eight.

Malawi took a shock seventh minute lead through a wonder goal from Gabadinho Mhango who cut in off the left wing and from over 40 yards planted a sumptuous strike over the goalkeeper and into the corner.

They came close to holding that lead until the interval, only for Youssef En-Nesyri to level in the second minute of injury time by climbing highest in the box to steer a header home.

And Morocco completed the turnaround with 20 minutes remaining as Hakimi lashed home his second stunning free-kick of the tournament to send his country through.

They will face the winner of Ivory Coast or Egypt in the next round.

Mané sends Senegal through against nine-man Cape Verde

Scorers: Mané 64′, Dieng 90+2′

Sadio Mané scored before leaving the field with suspected concussion as Senegal progressed to the quarter-finals after beating nine-man Cape Verde.

The Senegalese hinted at what was to come early on with Mané hitting the post inside the first minute before Rui Águas’s side saw their task get harder when they received their first red card in the 21st minute.

Qarabağ midfielder Patrick Andrade received his marching orders for a late challenge which was given following a VAR review.

Despite this Cape Verde held out and frustrated Aliou Cissé’s men until the 54th minute when the first main flashpoint of the game changed the direction of the result.

Mané and Cape Verde goalkeeper José Vozinha were involved in a head collision as they went up for a challenge on the edge of the box.

It appeared both players were suffering from concussion and needed to be replaced until the referee was referred to the pitch side monitor to hand Vozinha a red card.

The Liverpool forward stayed on to break the deadlock ten minutes later, getting on to the end of a corner before curling the ball home off the far post .

Mané then left the pitch after feeling the effects of the challenge before Bamba Dieng finished it off with a smart finish from close range on the counter attack to seal Senegal’s place in the last eight.

Wednesday’s fixtures

Ivory Coast v Egypt

Mali v Equatorial Guinea