Equatorial Guinea shock Mali on penalties to reach quarter finals

Equatorial Guinea shock Mali on penalties to reach quarter finals

Young goalkeeper, Jesus Owono, was the hero in Limbe after his penalty shootout heroics sent unfancied Equatorial Guinea through to the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

After a pulsating 120 minutes of action without a goal, the two countries had to be separated with the lottery of penalties.

Mali dominated and controlled the first half coming close a couple of times with Ibrahima Kone and Moussa Doumbia getting some chances in the box.

Referee Papa Gassama had to overturn a penalty he awarded after VAR deemed it not an infringement, after Doumbia had maneuvered his way into the box before loosely falling down.

But after 120 minutes the game had to be settled on penalties, Mali had the advantage when veteran forward Emilio Nsue missed for the Guineans with the first kick. Mali the missed back-to-back with the third and four spot kicks, with Massadio Haidara and Hamari Traore the culprit. Paul Ganet of Equatorial Guinea failed to take advantage as he missing the winning penalty.

And during sudden death, Falaye Sacko missed to hand Equatorial Guinea victory as they progress to the quarter finals.