Mali and Guinea drew 1-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday and lots will be drawn to decide the runner up of their group D after all matches before ended in a one all draw.

The encounter was among the last of group D as the other played saw Ivory Coast winning 1-0 against Cameroon to qualify for the quarter finals.

This method of drawing lots to decide who goes through in the Africa Cup of Nations had never been used since 1988. Algeria went through at the expense of Ivory Coast on that occasion.

Kevin Constant’s first-half penalty gave Guinea the lead in the 13th minute when referee Mohamed Said Kordi ruled that Ibrahima Traore’s shot had been handled by Salif Coulibaly.

Constant confidently delivered from the spot, as Mali immediately got awarded a similar opportunity to level after Baissama Sankoh handled Modibo Maiga’s shot in the area.

Seydou Keita missed for Mali as his weak shot got saved by Guinea goalkeeper Naby-Moussa Yattara.

Mali and Guinea continued the struggle with Mali’s Maiga forcing a fine fingertip save from Yattara courtesy of a dive in the 34th minute.

Mali eventually levelled two minutes into the second half, through Modibo Maiga with a close-range header. The scores did not change until the final whistle though Mali got a penalty scare supported by claims for handball but Guinea were denied.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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