AFCON debutants Gambia make history by progressing to quarter-finals 3 months ago

AFCON debutants Gambia make history by progressing to quarter-finals

Musa Barrow's second-half goal sent them into the last eight 

Africa Cup of Nations debutants The Gambia secured their place in the quarter-finals of AFCON with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Guinea. 

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Musa Barrow's second-half goal was enough to send Tom Saintfiet's side into the next round of the knockout stages. 

The striker received a pass and, on the turn, beat a defender and buried his strike past Aly Keita in the 71st minute.

Guinea - who were without Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita - thought they had equalised, but saw the goal ruled out for offside. 

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Later in the game, as Guinea pushed for an equaliser, The Gambia's Yusupha Njie was sent off after receiving two yellow cards - despite coming on as a second-half substitute. 

Kaba Diawara's men also hit the post in injury time, before another effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Baboucarr Gaye.

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Gaye's save was nothing short of spectacular, with Jose Kante's strike arriving at force. It came just seconds after Conte had smashed the left-hand upright from a tight angle.

Following this, Guinea striker Morgan Guilavogui managed to muster an effort at goal on the rebound off the bar, but he had his follow-up attempt blocked by Pa Modou Jagne.

From the resulting corner, Kante saw his header fly over the crossbar - which saw the Scorpions, ranked 150th and the lowest at the tournament - progress into the next round, with Guinea centre-back Conte also being dismissed in injury time for a second booking.

The Gambia will now play either hosts Cameroon or Comoros in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

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