Chaos at AFCON as Guinea’s Mohammed Bayo scores dramatic last-gasp winner to send his country into the last eight of the tournament after Equatorial Guinea are given a straight red card
- Mohammed Bayo scored for his country in the 98th minute to put them through
- Kaba Diawara’s team will face either Egypt or DR Congo in the quarter-finals
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The Africa Cup of Nations provided another chaos-fueled match as Guinea scored late to beat Equatorial Guinea and progress to the last eight
The tie had it all, including conceded goals a blatant straight red card and an incredible 98th minute winner that sparked wild celebrations.
It was Mohamed Bayo who grabbed the last-gasp winner and booked Guinea’s place in the quarter-finals to play either Egypt or DR Congo.
A game of poor quality looked destined for extra-time in Abidjan when Bayo headed home Ibrahim Diakite’s cross with just 22 seconds remaining in the final eight minutes of stoppage time.
Most of that time came from a lengthy VAR investigation which eventually saw Equatorial Guinea awarded a penalty for a foul by Sekou Sylla on Iban Salvador, only for captain Emilio Nsue to round the base of a post hitting with his spot kick.
Mohammed Bayo scored the incredible 98th-minute winner to send his country through to the quarter-finals
Guinean midfielder Mory Konate thought he had scored earlier in the game before it was ruled out by VAR
Somali referee Omar Abdulkadir Artan shows a red to Equatorial Guinea midfielder Feder Bikoro
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An early shot narrowly wide from Bayo was the only goal effort of note in an otherwise topsy-turvy first half, but the game sprang to life in the second period.
Nsue failed to make the most of a lucky ricochet just two minutes after the break as he blazed wastefully over the bar from 10 yards, while Guinea briefly thought they had broken the deadlock when Mory Konate fired home in the 53rd minute headed home from a free kick. .
However, the flag was immediately and correctly raised for offside, but Guinea were given a man advantage just two minutes later when Federico Bikoro was shown a red card for a high-footed challenge which dealt a painful blow to Bayo’s ribs .
Equatorial Guinea could have been forgiven for going into extra time, but instead should have taken the lead from the penalty spot after Sylla’s foul on Salvador was eventually upheld following a VAR review.
Seydouba CIsse and Aguibou Camara celebrate historic victory for Guinea as they progress to the last eight
Equatorial Guinea’s players were devastated when they fell right at the final hurdle and were knocked out of the tournament
Midfielder Jose Machin holds his head in his hands after being sent off for a foul
This gave Nsue the chance to score his sixth goal of the tournament, but after sending goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone the wrong way, the veteran forward could only watch in dismay as his shot hit the base of a post.
Despite their numerical advantage, Guinea rarely looked like scoring and Jesus Owono comfortably turned away substitute Serhou Guirassy’s header in the 82nd minute, but the deadlock was finally broken in dramatic fashion with Bayo in the perfect place to score a incentivize deserved winner.