Benin hold Guinea Bissau as Group F goes to the wire

Braima Jorge of Guinea-Bissau challenged by Jordan Souleymane Adeoti of Benin during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Benin and Guinea-Bissau at Ismailia Stadium, Ismailia, Egypt on 29 June 2019

It was a day of no goals at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations. After two barren draws between Mauritania and Angola (Group E), Cameroon and Ghana (Group F), Benin and Guinea-Bissau capped the day with another goalless draw at Ismailia Stadium.

It was a game with almost no clear chances at all, as both side suffered to threaten their opponent’s goals.

Benin raised their tally to 2 points, tied with Ghana and behind leaders Cameroon (4 points), while Guinea-Bissau earned their first point of the campaign.

With both sides adopting cautious style, the opening half was a tale of rare chances. It took 27 minutes to witness the game’s first attempt when Benin’s Steve Mounie’s header missed the target. Guinea-Bissau tried to respond with Sory Mane attempting a shot from distance but his ball was deflected to a corner kick.

Mounie was once again the source of threat for Benin when he rounded his marker and sent a low shot that found the hands of Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper Jonas Mendes. The first half ended without goals or even clear chances.

The second half was no different story. No chances were recorded till the 67th minute, when Mounie once again was the source of threat for “The Squirrels” as he received the ball inside Guinea-Bissau penalty area but he failed to convert.

Mounie was came near to give Benin the lead, but his header after a freekick missed the target by a slim margin after 75 minutes with the keeper completely beaten.

Substitute Jodel Dossou tried to make use of a rebound ball from Guinea-Bissau defense, but his ball was deflected four minutes from time.

Total Man of the Match: Piqueti Djassi Silva (Guinea Bissau)