Yatabaré scores winner to send Mali top

Yatabaré scores winner to send Mali top
Mali's Mustapha Yatabare

by BackPageTXT

Monday Mar 28, 2016. 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.

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