Gambia offers itself Guinea and creates the sensation


Scorpios continue to hurt. Place in the third round of 16 of this 2021 African Cup of Nations, with a West African derby between Guinea, 2nd in group B behind Senegal, and Gambia, 2nd in pool F dominated by Mali, this Monday afternoon. To start this new week well, Kaba Diawara had to compose without Naby Keita, suspended, but renewed his 3-5-2 with Ilaix Moriba in the midfield and Mohamed Bayo in point. For his part, the Belgian Tom Saintfiet organized his team in 4-3-3, Musa Barrow occupying the point of the attack for this first round of 16 in the history of the Gambian selection.

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This very open and undecided poster on paper at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam gave birth to a relatively calm first act, the debates being relatively balanced. Special mention to the Scorpions, whose collective seemed perhaps a little better oiled. The two formations, despite two chances to be credited to Bayo (4th, 38th) on the Guinean side, a powerful strike from Barrow deflected somehow by Keita (13th) and a shot too crossed by Darboe (45th + 1) on the Gambian side , lacked inspiration. They logically returned back to back to the locker room (5 shots and 1 on target on each side).

Musa Barrow, Hero of The Gambia

The face of the game was the same after the break. Perhaps for fear of discovering themselves too much and therefore of taking too many risks, the 22 actors were engaged in a real tactical battle. To the detriment of the show, and to the great dismay of spectators and viewers. If we headed quietly towards an extension, Bobb distilled a superb pass to Barrow, who resisted the return of Conté and, thanks to a perfectly realized oriented control, delivered the Gambian people (71st).

The second achievement of the Bologna striker in this competition had the merit of racing the rhythm of the match, the Sily National, back to the wall, trying everything for everything to come back to the score, like this goal refused for offside in Conté (77th). To make matters worse, Njie, who came into play in the 73rd minute, received two yellow cards (74th, 87th), leaving the Gambians at 10 for the last moments. As blessed by the Gods of football, the Scorpions saw the Sily National, who also finished at 10 after Conté’s second yellow (90th + 4), hit the post then the bar, after a good stop by Gayé (90th + 2) , before exulting at the final whistle. The Gambia continues its incredible journey and will face the winner of the match between Cameroon and Comoros, this Monday (8 p.m.).

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