The Ivorians were disappointed at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium in Abidjan, suffering a heavy defeat against the surprising Equatorial Guineans. Emilio Nsue (42nd and 75th), Pablo Ganet (73rd) and Jannick Buyla (88th) played in the Spanish D3, frustrating the hosts who left unionist Jean-Thierry Lazarus on the bench. His former team-mate Simon Adingra, who now plays for Brighton, came on in the 84th minute unable to change the game.
Many frustrated fans left the stadium before the final whistle. However, the Elephants are confident of finishing 3rd with 3 points as they can qualify for four best 3rd places.
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Guinea-Bissau exited the tournament without a single point, losing to Nigeria following an own goal by Oba Sangante (36th). Ouparine Djoco, Francs Borains goalkeeper in the first two matches, was left on the bench for this last match, while Zinho Gano (Zulte Waregem) played the first half before being substituted. He did not play against Ivory Coast (2-0) or Equatorial Guinea (4-2).
Bruges' Raphael Onyedika came on in the 63rd minute of the first match in CAN history to be refereed by a woman, Morocco's Bouchra Karboubi.
Nigeria finished 2nd with as many points as Equatorial Guinea (7 points) but a less favorable goal average.
Ghana sees move to 8th, draws to Cape Verde and Egypt
Ghana were held to a 2-2 draw by Mozambique in the closing moments of the match at the Ebimbe Stadium near Abidjan on Monday, a result that will see them miss the Black Stars to the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.
After Jordan Ayew's (15th, 70th) two penalties, the Ghanaians had their qualification in hand. But Mozambique scored two goals in extra time, first a penalty by Geni Catamo (90+1) and then a header from Mantava from a corner (90+4), reset the counters to zero.
Ghana finished third in Group B with just 2 points and are expected to fight to make the top four third-placed teams – in Group A, which delivered its verdict on Monday evening, with 3rd-placed Ivory Coast on 3 points.
Both Cape Verde and Egypt have qualified for the rest of Group B after drawing (2-2) in the other match of the last day of Group B.
For this last match in the group stage, Ghana coach Christopher Hughton chose to renew a squad almost identical to the one that drew (2-2) against Egypt on Thursday. Inaki Williams was replaced by John Baincil on the left wing.
A choice that paid off, as Beintskill, who scored the first penalty within a quarter of an hour of the game, had his incursion into the area stopped illegally by Nanani. A penalty was converted by Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew.
After this goal, Ghana managed to extend its lead in the first period and the Mozambicans attempted several penetrations without being dangerous.
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