Gambia beat Guinea to storm quarterfinals in historic fete

Gambia Celebrates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Last 16 match between Guinea and Gambia (2)

Musa Barrow’s strike in the second half gave Gambia a historic 1-0 win over Guinea to qualify for the quarterfinals of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam on Monday.

The Scorpions continue to send shockwaves in their debut appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations and are without a loss in the competition so far.

Martinez Jose Kante of Guinea challenged by Sulayman Marreh of Gambia during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Last 16 match between Guinea and Gambia (2)

The Syli Nationale were without influential skipper Naby Keita who is serving a suspension while Gambia made some last minute changes to their original starting line up after three players Ibou Touray together with Noah Sonko and Saidy Janko, pulled out of the match due to illness.

Modou Barrow and Musa Barrow were expected to be in involved in the attack for the Scorpions and try to get the goals.

The were very few clear cut chances in the first half .Guinea had a half chance right at the start of the half. Mohamed Bayo could not connect well with the ball as it fell to him in the six yard area from a corner. His attempted shot was way to high.

Martinez Jose Kante of Guinea challenged by Sulayman Marreh of Gambia during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Last 16 match between Guinea and Gambia

Musa Barrow came close moments later with a left footed strike from range stinging the gloves of Guinea goalkeeper Aly Keita.

Guinea also came close just before halftime with Mohamed Bayo seeing his shot go straight into the palms of Gambia keeper Baboucarr Gaye.

It was 0-0 at half time.

The second period was identical to the first with both sides trying to fashion an opening.

Gambia Celebrates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Last 16 match between Guinea and Gambia

Gambia suffered an injury blow with their star player Ablie Jallow being withdrawn from the field of play. He was replaced by Ebrima Colley.

The two coaches were desperately hoping to wrap up the match in regulation time to avoid extra time and penalties. 

But it was the Scorpions who drew first blood 20 minutes from time with Musa Barrow who found space in the Guinea defense to calmly slot the ball past keeper Aly Keita.

The Scorpions were reduced to 10 men with a few minutes left on the clock Yusupha Njie receiving a second yellow for a bad foul. Guinea also were reduced to 10 men with Ibrahima Sory Conté receiving his matching orders.

Gambia held on to claim anther stunning victory to progress to the quarterfinals.