The last matchday for Group A and Group B in AFCON 2023 saw several Ligue 1 players showcase – here’s our review of the key moments from these matches.
Nigeria emerged victorious against Guinea-Bissau with a narrow 1-0 win. The lone goal secured Nigeria's second-place finish in Group A, finishing on 7 points, while Guinea-Bissau finished at the bottom with no points. The victory sends Nigeria into the next round while Guinea-Bissau are now eliminated. Moses Simon, representing FC Nantes, started for the Nigerian side, while Fali Candé of FC Metz, entered the match as a substitute in the 80th minute for Guinea-Bissau.
Equatorial Guinea delivered a shocking 4-0 upset against hosts Ivory Coast on the final match day of Group A in AFCON. This commanding victory sees Equatorial Guinea finish top of the group, securing their place in the next round. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast finds themselves in a complicated position, having finished third in the group with 3 points, anxiously awaiting the outcomes of other matches which will determine their fate. Wilfried Singo of AS Monaco and Oumar Diakité of Stade de Reims started the game for Ivory Coast, with Jérémie Boga from OGC Nice joining the action as a substitute in the 65th minute.
Ghana and Mozambique played to a dramatic 2-2 draw, defying expectations in a game that saw a late resurgence from Mozambique. Ghana initially took control with a 2-0 lead, but Mozambique staged a remarkable comeback, scoring in the 91st and 94th minutes to level the score. Mohammed Salisu, a key player from AS Monaco, and Salis Abdul Samed of RC Lens started for Ghana, contributing to their early advantage. Also, André Ayew from Le Havre AC and Alidu Seidu of Clermont Foot 63, entered the match for Ghana. Ghana concluded the group stage in third place in Group B with a total of two points, while Mozambique finished bottom, eliminated with just two points.
Cape Verde and Egypt battled to a 2-2 draw, delivering an intense and evenly contested match. Logan Costa, representing Toulouse FC, played a pivotal role, starting the match for Cape Verde. Mostafa Mohamed, a key player for Nantes, started for Egypt and made a significant impact by again finding the back of the net to help Egypt qualify. The result meant Cape Verde secured the top spot in the group with 7 points. Egypt finished in second place with 3 three points and both advanced to the next round of the competition.
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