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Ghana bundled out of the Afcon after Comoros defeat

Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign came to a humiliating end on Tuesday as they were beaten 3-2 by debutants Comoros Islands at Garoua’s Roumde Adjia Stadium to finish bottom of Group C with just a single point. El Fardou Ben Mohamed scored Comoros’ first ever goal at the continental finals before Ahmed Mogni added a second just past the hour-mark. Goals...
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Ghana bundled out of Cup of Nations after Comoros defeat

Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign came to a humiliating end on Tuesday as they were beaten 3-2 by debutants Comoros Islands at Garoua’s Roumde Adjia Stadium to finish bottom of Group C with just a single point. FULL TIME: Ghana 2 – 3 Comoros Islands Morocco finish top of Group C, Gabon as runners-up. Comoros Islands third with 3...
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Morocco fight back to draw with Gabon and finish top of group

Morocco twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Gabon in Yaounde on Tuesday and finish top of Group C at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Achraf Hakimi hit a stunning free kick six minutes from the end to save Morocco from an upset defeat against a Gabon side which had eight players ruled out due to COVID-19 infections, including...
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Zimbabwe upset Guinea at final Afcon Group B match

Already-eliminated Zimbabwe upset Guinea with a 2-1 win at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Yaounde on Tuesday, although Guinea will still advance to the last 16 as runners-up in Group B. Captain Knowledge Musona and Kudakwashe Mahachi both scored in the first half to earn Zimbabwe a farewell win after losing their opening two matches as they finished last in...
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Blunt Senegal held by Malawi but top Afcon Group B

Heavyweights Senegal failed to fire again and were fortunate not to concede a penalty in a 0-0 draw with unfancied Malawi on Tuesday but they still finished in top spot in Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations. Senegal won the group with five points, despite scoring only once in their three matches via a late Sadio Mane penalty against...
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GROUP C Permutations – Can Ghana to turn the tables around?

Ghana will be hoping to turn fortunes in their favour when they take on what seem to be the whipping boys of Group C, Comoros Islands, on Wednesday evening.  Following a 1-0 loss to Morocco and a 1-all draw against Gabon, the Black Stars of Ghana are finding themselves with the possibility of failing to qualify for the next round – an unusual...
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Group B Permutations – Malawi smelling inaugural knockout stage at Senegal’s expense 

Smelling qualification for the knockout stages, Monday saw underdogs, Cape Verde, deny hosts Cameroon three points, and then snatching a point that currently leaves them on the cusp of qualifying for the Round of 16 as one of the four best thirds. It is this kind of motivation that could leave Senegal unable to qualify for the next stages when they come up against The Flames of Malawi in the decisive group stage...
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Murray wins against Basilashvili in thriller to reach second round

Andy Murray dipped into the depth of his defensive skills to tame big-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili during a thrilling 6-1 3-6 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4 win on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Australian Open for the first time in five years. The former world number one, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, has seen his ranking plummet since hip...
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EXPLAINER: Go through or fall through – what qualifies a team to the knockout stages of the Afcon

With the final round of Africa Cup of Nations group matches under way in Cameroon, many teams, and fans alike, will be trying to figure out who will proceed through to the Round of 16 and who will be packing their bags to join Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Comoros and Mauritania on their way home.  Automatically, the teams who finish top and runners up qualify for...
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Referee Mukansanga to lead all-female officiating line-up at the Afcon

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga will lead an all-female line-up of match officials at the Africa Cup of Nations encounter between Guinea and Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced. It will be the first time only women will officiate a game at Africa’s flagship international tournament. Mukansanga will take charge alongside assistants Carine Atemzabong from Cameroon and Fatiha Jermoumi...
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Undercooked Kvitova bows out after ‘painful’ defeat

Twice former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova said she was unsurprised at bowing out of the Australian Open in the opening round on Tuesday after a difficult month Down Under. The 2019 Australian Open finalist was ousted by Sorana Cirstea for the second successive year at Melbourne Park, the Romanian veteran easing to a 6-2 6-2 victory on John Cain Arena....
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Lewandowski and Putellas win FIFA Best awards

Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski won the FIFA Best Men’s Player award for 2021 with Barcelona’s Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas winning the FIFA Best Women’s Player prize at Monday’s ceremony. The prolific Lewandowski won the award for the second straight year after a season in which he beat Gerd Mueller’s 49-year old record of 40 goals in a single...
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Hosts Cameroon top Afcon Group A despite draw

Cameroon gave up a second-half goal to the Cape Verde Islands as they were held to a 1-1 draw on Monday but the hosts still finished top of Group A in the Africa Cup of Nations. Captain Vincent Aboubakar scored his fifth goal of the tournament to put Cameroon in the lead in the 39th minute before halftime substitute Garry...
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Burkina Faso into second round after draw with Ethiopia

Burkina Faso secured a place in the knockout stage at the Africa Cup of Nations after Cyrille Bayala’s first half goal helped them to an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Ethiopia and second place in Group A at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam on Monday. Bayala netted midway through the opening period but his goal was cancelled out by an 82nd...
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Afcon Group A Permutations – All to play for, for the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde

Previous results  Cameroon results Cameroon 2 – 1 Burkina Faso (WIN)Cameroon 4 – 1 Ethiopia (WIN)  Burkina Faso results Burkina Faso 1 – 2 Cameroon (LOSS)Burkina Faso 1 – 0 Cape Verde (WIN) Cape Verde results Cape Verde 1 – 0 Ethiopia (WIN)Cape Verde 0 – 1 Burkina Faso (LOSS)  Today’s fixtures Burkina Faso vs EthiopiaCape Verde vs Cameroon  The permutations: As the curtain comes down on group stage matches for Group A, Cape Verde will...
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Aubameyang still not able to train at Cup of Nations

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina were missing from training again for Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations finals on Monday as the after-effects of their COVID-19 infection continued to keep them sidelined, the Gabon Football Federation said. The pair had been released from quarantine last week but were then stopped from playing in Friday’s game against Ghana after doctors said cardiac...
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Equatorial Guinea upset holders Algeria in Cup of Nations shock

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 defending champions Algeria on Sunday. The shock Group E result leaves Algeria bottom of the standings and needing a win in their last group game against the Ivory Coast on Thursday to stand any chance...
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No vaccine, no French Open for Djokovic, says French Sports ministry

Novak Djokovic could be barred from playing in the French Open as things stand now after the Sports Ministry said on Monday there would be no exemption from France’s new vaccine pass law. World number one Djokovic, who has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, was deported from Australia on Sunday before the first Grand Slam tournament of the year after...
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No ‘Cocomania’ in Melbourne as Gauff bows out in first round

American teenager Coco Gauff crashed out of the Australian Open in the opening round after an error-strewn performance against China’s Wang Qiang as the 18th seed lost 6-4 6-2 on Monday. Gauff shot to fame as a 15-year-old when she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2019 on her Grand Slam debut. She also reached the fourth round at...
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Ashes in the bag, next challenge for Cummins is subcontinent success

Pat Cummins began his tenure as Australia’s test captain with an emphatic Ashes series triumph but the 28-year-old knows his team must succeed overseas, particularly in the subcontinent, to be counted among the best. Assuming the role after Tim Paine resigned over a ‘sexting’ scandal, Cummins not only oversaw Australia’s 4-0 romp against England but also finished as the highest...
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