Mali 1 - 0 Niger

Match info: Africa Cup of Nations - Group B at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Date: 20/01/2013 KO: 18:00 Ref: Slim Jedidi Att: 20,000

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Mali

Seydou Keita 84

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Niger


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  • It's all over here in Port Elizabeth and Mali will be relieved to have come away from this tie with all three points. It wasn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination but that man Seydou Keita came to his side's rescue once again and bagged the all-important winner. Thank you for joining me and good night.

    90+4
  • Diabate is unable to get on the end of a Diawara cross from the right-hand side.

    90+2
  • There will be four minutes of added time.

    90
  • Maazou wastes his chance to deliver a good cross with time and space to pick out a teammate, with a ball that bypasses everyone.

    90
  • Niger have upped the tempo as they go in search of an equaliser but their long-ball tactics are not troubling Mali.

    89
  • Alhassane Dante replaces Issiaka Koudize for Niger.

    88
  • Keita sweeps home from the edge of the small box after an error from Daouda under pressure from Diabate. The keeper went up for a long ball forward from Traore but only succeeded in pushing it into the path of the former Barcelona man, who made no mistake from close range.

  • GOAL MALI: Keita

    84
  • Niger get a good block on Diabate just as he looks to latch on to a long ball forward from Traore.

    82
  • Soumaila really should have done better there - when latching onto a cross from the left from Maazou - but his touch is poor and the chance goes a begging.

    80
  • Tamboura delivers an inch-perfect cross but Keita can't keep his header down.

    79
  • Samba Diakite replaces Sigamary Diarra for Mali.

    77
  • Boubacar Talatou repalaces Boubacar Issoufou for Niger.

    77
  • Keita smashes his shot against the crossbar after being delightfully set up by Diarra on the edge of the box following a low cross from Samassa.

    77
  • Diarra delivers a good ball into the box that is just too high for Keita as Maazou drives goalward before smashing his effort over the bar.

    75
  • Issoufou is booked for a rash challenge on Mahamane Traore.

    75
  • Good chance for Niger as Maazou just heads over a corner from the left from Issoufou.

    73
  • Tamboura's cross into the box is too close to Daouda who plucks the ball out of the air.

    72
  • Sidibe gets his head to a flighted ball in the box but he can't get any pace on the ball and Samassa makes a comfortable save.

    70
  • The match has, for the moment, descended into a tense midfield battle with both sides trying their hardest to maintain possession.

    69

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