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Date: 24 April 2019

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Senegal out as E.Q qualify for AFCON quarters

[Posted 26 Jan 2012]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
Kily was the hero for Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday

Fresh for their morale-boosting victory over Libya in the opening match of the African Cup of Nations 2012 finals, co-hosts Equatorial Guinea tore form book into shreds as they choked another giant slaying act by beating Senegal 2-1 in Bata through Kily's injury time goal.

The hosts made a mockery of the Fifa World rankings in dumping their more faniced opponents out of the tournament as early as the second match, and qualifying themselves for the last eight in only their first appearance at the finals.

The National Lightning, at 151 on Fifa rankings, are sitting exactly 108 places below The Lions of Teranga who occup position 43 on the rankings. Yet on Wednesday, Equatorial Guinea were the first to ask questions of the Senegalese defence.

Iban Randy Iyanga opened the scoring in this match played at the  Estadio de Bata on 62 minutes, before Senegal equalised through Moussa Sow in the 89th minute.

If the Lions thought they had saved themselves blushes and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, it was not to be.  David "Kily" Alvarez had other ideas on the night, and in the 94th minute of play on a water-logged pitch, smashed a 25-yard piler to send the stadium into a delirium.

Equato-Guineans could not believe that they had written a piece of their own history, qualifying for the quarter-finals on their first attempt. Remarkable achievement!

The National Lighting becomes the first team to qualify for the last eight at AFCON 2012 finals.

With their team having been eliminated, Senegal's Europe-based stars will return to their clubs earlier than was anticipated, with all talk about the Teranga Lions being one of the favourites to lift the title at the end of the tournament.

While Senegal will sit back and lick their wounds of disappointment and embarrassment, all that Equatorial Guinea can think of is partying and celebrating in the cities of Bata and other major cities across the country.

Senegal will have to go back to the drawing back and ask themselves very serious and honesty quaestions about what really went wrong.

The following questions will be asked about Senegal's performance: Was the team over hyped for this tournament? Did the squad carry the tag of tournament favourites too early to pile pressure on the team? Did the team become complacent after a breezing qualification in wherein they broke little sweat to make it for the AFCON 2012 finals? 

Now, it remains to be seen who joins the hosts into the quarter-finals from Group A. Zambia (4 points) appear to have made it, but thats not a given, considering that they still have to face Equatorial Guinea and Libya (1 point) have to play Senegal who only have their pride to play for now.

Permutations indicate that Zambia definitely have one foot into the last eight. Even if the Zambians are to lose against the hosts, it is inconceivable that they could lose by a heavy margin, if at all they are to lose against a team who will still be in celebratory mood following their qualification.

The Zambians are currently sitting on a goal difference of plus tow (+1) having scored four goals and conceding three. The Zambians have reason to still fight for at least a draw to be assured of qualification.

The Libyans showed great fighting spirit against Zambia under very difficult conditions (on a water-logged pitch), and they were unlucky against Equatorial Guinea. They retain an outside chance to qualify.


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