Afcon 2023: Dramatic finish as Mohamed Bayo’s late winner sends Guinea through to quarter-final, sending Equatorial Guinea home

Mohamed Bayo’s 98th minute winner sees Guinea progress to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final round, defeating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on Sunday.

  • In the first half of the game, fouls outnumbered shots on target. Both teams played aggressively, leading to Julian Jeanvier of Guinea receiving a yellow card in the 41st minute. However, after a lackluster 45 minutes, they headed into the break deadlocked at 0-0.
  • In the second stanza, Equatorial Guinea suffered a setback when Federico Bikoro was shown a straight red card after 56 minutes of play.
  • Despite being a player down, the Equatorial Guinean side continued to knock on their opponents’ door, eventually earning a penalty after a VAR check. But, Emilio Nsue failed to put his side ahead when he hit the outside of the post.
  • As Equatorial Guinea looked to get onto the scoreboard, their chances went abegging, leading to Guinea snatching a late winner when Mohamed Bayo’s header sealed the deal in the 98th minute on Sunday evening.

Despite being a player down, Equatorial Guinea put their lives on the line in search of a victory in regulation time. Although they missed missed a penalty, they can be proud of their efforts on the day.

Guinea had a numerical advantage over their opponents, but failed to capitalize on the situation, allowing their opponents to apply pressure and turn the table on them, until their winner in the latter stages of the match.

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