2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group D

Group D of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations was played from 20 January until 28 January in Equatorial Guinea. The group consisted of Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon, and Guinea.[1] Ivory Coast and Guinea advanced as group winners and runners-up respectively, while Mali and Cameroon were eliminated.

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
CAF Rankings
Points[nb 1]
FIFA Rankings
Start of event
D1   Ivory Coast Group D runners-up 19 November 2014 21st 2013 Winners (1992) 44 28
D2   Mali Group B runners-up 19 November 2014 9th 2013 Runners-up (1972) 38 49
D3   Cameroon Group D winners 15 November 2014 17th 2010 Winners (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002) 23.5 42
D4   Guinea Group E runners-up 19 November 2014 11th 2012 Runners-up (1976) 19 39
Notes
  1. ^ The CAF rankings were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Ivory Coast 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2   Guinea 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3[a]
3   Mali 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3[a]
4   Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Guinea and Mali were tied on head-to-head record, overall goal difference, and overall goals scored. A drawing of lots took place on 29 January 2015, 16:00 local time at the Hilton Malabo. Guinea selected the lot for 2nd place and advanced to the quarter-finals as the group runner-up.[2][3][4]

In the quarter-finals:

  • Ivory Coast advanced to play Algeria (runner-up of Group C).
  • Guinea advanced to play Ghana (winner of Group C).

MatchesEdit

All times local, WAT (UTC+1).

Ivory Coast vs GuineaEdit

Guinea took the lead in the 36th minute when Mohamed Yattara smashed home a headed clearance from the Ivory Coast defence. Gervinho was sent off in the 58th minute for hitting Naby Keïta in the face, but the 10-men Ivory Coast equalized in the 72nd minute, as Wilfried Bony controlled the ball on his chest and passed to Seydou Doumbia to score.[5][6]

Ivory Coast  1–1  Guinea
Doumbia   72' Report M. Yattara   36'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivory Coast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guinea
GK 16 Sylvain Gbohouo
RB 17 Serge Aurier   40'
CB 21 Eric Bailly
CB 4 Kolo Touré
LB 22 Wilfried Kanon
CM 19 Yaya Touré (c)   86'
CM 9 Cheick Tioté   62'
RW 10 Gervinho   58'
AM 8 Salomon Kalou   65'
LW 20 Serey Dié   54'   65'
CF 12 Wilfried Bony
Substitutions:
DF 5 Siaka Tiéné   65'
FW 7 Seydou Doumbia   65'
MF 6 Cheick Doukouré   86'
Manager:
  Hervé Renard
 
GK 1 Naby Yattara
RB 20 Baissama Sankoh
CB 17 Boubacar Fofana
CB 10 Kévin Constant
LB 5 Fodé Camara
CM 4 Florentin Pogba
CM 3 Issiaga Sylla
RW 15 Naby Keïta
AM 8 Ibrahima Traoré (c)
LW 12 Ibrahima Conté
CF 2 Mohamed Yattara   71'
Substitutions:
FW 7 Abdoul Camara   71'
Manager:
  Michel Dussuyer

Man of the Match:
Ibrahima Traoré (Guinea)[7]

Assistant referees:
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Yahaya Mahamadou (Niger)
Fourth official:
Joaquin Esono Eyang (Equatorial Guinea)

Mali vs CameroonEdit

Mali took the lead in the 71st minute as Molla Wagué's flick-on from a free kick allowed Sambou Yatabaré to score at the far post. Cameroon equalized in the 84th minute, after Ambroise Oyongo controlled Raoul Loé's lofted pass to score from close range.[8][9]

Mali  1–1  Cameroon
S. Yatabaré   71' Report Oyongo   84'
Attendance: 15,000
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mali
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cameroon
GK 16 Soumbeïla Diakité
RB 15 Drissa Diakité
CB 23 Molla Wagué
CB 4 Salif Coulibaly
LB 3 Adama Tamboura
DM 8 Yacouba Sylla
RM 14 Sambou Yatabaré   90+4'
CM 17 Mamoutou N'Diaye   24'   80'
CM 12 Seydou Keita (c)
LM 10 Bakary Sako
CF 7 Mustapha Yatabaré   86'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Tongo Doumbia   80'
FW 20 Modibo Maïga   86'
MF 21 Abdou Traoré   90+4'
Manager:
  Henryk Kasperczak
 
GK 16 Fabrice Ondoa
RB 6 Ambroise Oyongo
CB 21 Aurélien Chedjou
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
LB 12 Henri Bedimo
CM 18 Eyong Enoh   17'
CM 4 Raoul Loé
RW 8 Benjamin Moukandjo
AM 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (c)
LW 11 Edgar Salli
CF 10 Vincent Aboubakar
Substitutions:
MF 20 Franck Kom   17'   78'
FW 15 Franck Etoundi   78'
Manager:
  Volker Finke

Man of the Match:
Sambou Yatabaré (Mali)[10]

Assistant referees:
Jerson dos Santos (Angola)
Oamogetse Godisamang (Botswana)
Fourth official:
Joseph Odartei Lamptey (Ghana)

Ivory Coast vs MaliEdit

Mali took the lead in the 7th minute, as Bakary Sako scored home from Sambou Yatabaré's cross. Ivory Coast equalized in the 86th minute, when Serge Aurier passed to Max Gradel to score.[11][12]

Ivory Coast  1–1  Mali
Gradel   86' Report Sako   7'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivory Coast
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mali
GK 16 Sylvain Gbohouo
RB 17 Serge Aurier
CB 22 Wilfried Kanon   83'
CB 4 Kolo Touré
LB 5 Siaka Tiéné
CM 14 Ismaël Diomandé   39'
CM 9 Cheick Tioté   82'
RW 19 Yaya Touré (c)
LW 21 Eric Bailly
CF 12 Wilfried Bony   84'
CF 7 Seydou Doumbia
Substitutions:
MF 15 Max Gradel   39'
FW 8 Salomon Kalou   83'
FW 11 Tallo Gadji   84'
Manager:
  Hervé Renard
 
GK 16 Soumbeïla Diakité   72'
RB 15 Drissa Diakité
CB 23 Molla Wagué
CB 4 Salif Coulibaly
LB 3 Adama Tamboura
DM 17 Mamoutou N'Diaye
CM 12 Seydou Keita (c)   77'
CM 8 Yacouba Sylla   59'
RW 10 Bakary Sako   78'
LW 14 Sambou Yatabaré   88'
CF 7 Mustapha Yatabaré   90+1'
Substitutions:
GK 1 Germain Berthé   72'
MF 6 Tongo Doumbia   78'
FW 20 Modibo Maïga   90+1'
Manager:
  Henryk Kasperczak

Man of the Match:
Seydou Keita (Mali)[13]

Assistant referees:
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Malik Alidu Salifu (Ghana)
Fourth official:
Juste Ephrem Zio (Burkina Faso)

Cameroon vs GuineaEdit

Cameroon took the lead in the 13th minute, when Benjamin Moukandjo's corner evaded everybody and hit the goalkeeper to go into the net. Guinea equalized in the 42nd minute, as Ibrahima Traoré received a pass from Issiaga Sylla, and shot home from outside the penalty area.[14][15]

Cameroon  1–1  Guinea
Moukandjo   13' Report Traoré   42'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cameroon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guinea
GK 16 Fabrice Ondoa
RB 6 Ambroise Oyongo   62'
CB 21 Aurélien Chedjou
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
LB 12 Henri Bedimo
DM 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
RM 8 Benjamin Moukandjo
CM 17 Stéphane Mbia (c)
CM 4 Raoul Loé   81'
LM 11 Edgar Salli
CF 10 Vincent Aboubakar   77'
Substitutions:
DF 5 Jérôme Guihoata   62'
FW 15 Franck Etoundi   77'
MF 20 Franck Kom   81'
Manager:
  Volker Finke
 
GK 1 Naby Yattara
RB 20 Baissama Sankoh
CB 5 Fodé Camara
CB 4 Florentin Pogba   45+3'
LB 3 Issiaga Sylla
DM 17 Boubacar Fofana   32'
RM 8 Ibrahima Traoré (c)   90+3'
CM 10 Kévin Constant
CM 12 Ibrahima Conté
LM 18 Seydouba Soumah   66'
CF 2 Mohamed Yattara
Substitutions:
DF 13 Abdoulaye Cissé   45+3'
MF 15 Naby Keïta   66'
FW 19 François Kamano   90+3'
Manager:
  Michel Dussuyer

Man of the Match:
Ibrahima Traoré (Guinea)[16]

Assistant referees:
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Fourth official:
Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)

Cameroon vs Ivory CoastEdit

The only goal of the match was scored by Max Gradel in the 35th minute, as he stole the ball from the Cameroon defence, dribbled inside and shot home from outside the penalty area. The win sent Ivory Coast to the quarter-finals as group winners, while Cameroon were eliminated.[17][18]

Cameroon  0–1  Ivory Coast
Report Gradel   35'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cameroon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ivory Coast
GK 16 Fabrice Ondoa
RB 5 Jérôme Guihoata
CB 21 Aurélien Chedjou
CB 3 Nicolas N'Koulou
LB 12 Henri Bedimo
CM 14 Georges Mandjeck
CM 8 Benjamin Moukandjo   67'
RW 13 Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
AM 17 Stéphane Mbia (c)
LW 15 Franck Etoundi   55'
CF 11 Edgar Salli   46'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Vincent Aboubakar   46'
FW 2 Léonard Kweuke   55'
MF 7 Clinton N'Jie   67'
Manager:
  Volker Finke
 
GK 16 Sylvain Gbohouo   90+3'
RB 17 Serge Aurier
CB 21 Eric Bailly   27'   28'
CB 4 Kolo Touré
LB 22 Wilfried Kanon
CM 20 Serey Dié
CM 19 Yaya Touré (c)   32'   82'
RW 15 Max Gradel
AM 7 Seydou Doumbia   60'
LW 5 Siaka Tiéné
CF 12 Wilfried Bony
Substitutions:
DF 2 Ousmane Viera   28'
FW 11 Tallo Gadji   60'
MF 6 Cheick Doukouré   82'
Manager:
  Hervé Renard

Man of the Match:
Max Gradel (Ivory Coast)[19]

Assistant referees:
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Fourth official:
Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)

Guinea vs MaliEdit

Guinea took the lead in the 15th minute with a penalty by Kévin Constant, which was awarded due to a handball by Salif Coulibaly. Mali then were awarded their own penalty three minutes later after Baissama Sankoh was penalised for handball, but Seydou Keita's penalty was easily saved. Mali equalized in the 47th minute, when Abdoulay Diaby crossed for Modibo Maïga to head home. The match finished in a 1–1 draw, the same scoreline as both Guinea and Mali's previous two matches, meaning that the two teams were tied on head-to-head record, overall goal difference, and overall goals scored. A drawing of lots were held the next day to decide which team qualify for the quarter-finals as group runner-up, which was won by Guinea (see below for details).[20][21]

Guinea  1–1  Mali
Constant   15' (pen.) Report Maïga   47'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guinea
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mali
GK 1 Naby Yattara
RB 13 Abdoulaye Cissé
CB 20 Baissama Sankoh
CB 5 Fodé Camara
LB 3 Issiaga Sylla   55'    57'
DM 15 Naby Keïta
CM 17 Boubacar Fofana
CM 10 Kévin Constant   84'
RW 8 Ibrahima Traoré (c)   62'
LW 12 Ibrahima Conté
CF 2 Mohamed Yattara
Substitutions:
DF 23 Djibril Tamsir Paye   57'
FW 18 Seydouba Soumah   62'
FW 7 Abdoul Camara   84'
Manager:
  Michel Dussuyer
 
GK 1 Germain Berthé
RB 15 Drissa Diakité
CB 23 Molla Wagué
CB 4 Salif Coulibaly
LB 3 Adama Tamboura
DM 17 Mamoutou N'Diaye   90+1'
CM 8 Yacouba Sylla
CM 12 Seydou Keita (c)
RW 18 Abdoulay Diaby   70'    72'
LW 20 Modibo Maïga
CF 7 Mustapha Yatabaré   84'
Substitutions:
MF 10 Bakary Sako   72'
MF 14 Sambou Yatabaré   84'
MF 21 Abdou Traoré   90+1'
Manager:
  Henryk Kasperczak

Man of the Match:
Modibo Maïga (Mali)[22]

Assistant referees:
Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Malik Alidu Salifu (Ghana)
Fourth official:
Mehd Abid Charef (Algeria)

Drawing of lotsEdit

Guinea and Mali finished level on the second spot after the group stage, making the first drawing of lots needed at the tournament since 1988. Unlike some other international tournaments, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament regulations would not use fair-play criteria or a penalty shoot-out after the teams met on the last match day to determine the final group ranking. Both head coaches have openly criticised the regulations.[23]

The draw took place at 16:00 WAT (UTC+1) on 29 January 2015, at the Hilton Malabo. Representatives of each team drew a ball, one of which was numbered '2' and the other numbered '3'.[2] Guinea drew the ball '2' and were placed as runners-up in the group, with Mali being third. As such, Guinea advanced to the quarter-finals and Mali were eliminated.[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ghana, Algeria, South Africa, Senegal in Group of Death". CAF. 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Procedure for the draw between Mali and Guinea". CAF. 28 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Guinea to face Ghana in quarter final". CAF. 29 January 2015. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b Hills, David. "Africa Cup of Nations 2015: Guinea and Mali draw lots – live!". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "BBC Sport – Ivory Coast 1-1 Guinea". BBC Sport. 20 January 2015.
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  8. ^ "BBC Sport – Mali 1-1 Cameroon". BBC Sport. 20 January 2015.
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  10. ^ "Match report: Mali 1–1 Cameroon" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Ivory Coast 1-1 Mali". BBC Sport. 24 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Ivory Coast – Mali". Youtube. 24 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Match report: Ivory Coast 1–1 Mali" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  14. ^ "BBC Sport – Cameroon 1-1 Guinea". BBC Sport. 24 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Cameroon – Guinea". Youtube. 24 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Match report: Cameroon 1–1 Guinea" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  17. ^ "BBC Sport – Cameroon 0-1 Ivory Coast". BBC Sport. 28 January 2015.
  18. ^ "Cameroon – Ivory Coast". Youtube. 28 January 2015.
  19. ^ "Match report: Cameroon 0–1 Ivory Coast" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  20. ^ "BBC Sport – Guinea 1-1 Mali". BBC Sport. 28 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Guinea – Mali". Youtube. 28 January 2015.
  22. ^ "Match report: Guinea 1–1 Mali" (PDF). Confederation of African Football. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Afcon 2015: Mali and Guinea managers criticise drawing of lots". BBC Sport. 28 January 2015.

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