MATCH CENTRE

MON 28 MARCH 2016, 18:00, SINABA STADIUM, DAVEYTON

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Yatabaré scores winner to send Mali top

by BackPageTXT

Mon March 28, 20:41

Mustapha Yatabaré scored a late winner to send Mali top of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group following a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Monday.

The Montpellier striker silenced the home crowd packed into the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo with a minute of regulation time remaining.

Victory propels the Eagles above Group C rivals Benin, who beat South Sudan 4-1 in Cotonou on Sunday.

Mali beat Nzalang Nacional 1-0 in the reverse fixture last week and were desperate to complete a double over the 2015 AFCON hosts, something that seemed unlikely until Yatabaré found the back of the net.

Equatorial Guinea remain rooted to the bottom of the table, with defeat ending their hopes of reaching Gabon next year. Mali are two points clear of Benin.

Qualifying resumes in June with Mali travelling to Juba to face South Sudan before hosting Benin - in what will surely prove to be the decider - in September.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
EQUATORIAL GUINEA MALI
Goalkeeper
13
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
16
Defender
3
2
Defender
15
Defender
2
Defender
3
5
Defender
19
Defender
23
19
13
18
Defender
4
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
14
6
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
6
14
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
20
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
17
Forward/Striker
7
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