A late goal from Alhaji Kamara who benefitted from a goalkeeping error ensured Sierra Leone share the spoils of a 2-2 draw against Ivory Coast.
The Leone Stars had come into the game having fought hard to keep a point against the Fennec Foxes of Algeria in their opening game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The Elephants could have gone ahead as early as the ninth minute when Wilfried Zaha was brought down by Umaru Bangura but the resulting penalty taken by Fanck Kessie was saved by Mohamed Kamara.
Ivory Coast finally broke the deadlock in the 25th minute through this season’s UEFA Champions League top scorer Sebastien Haller who scored inside the box to give his country the lead after he was set up by Wilfred Zaha.
Sierra Leone got an equalizer in the second half through Musa Kamara who scored with a powerful shot from mid-range but fell behind again when Nicolas Pepe restored their lead with a low cross-shot from outside the box.
Cote d’Ivoire looked set to go with all three points but an incredible error from goalkeeper Badra Sangaré gifted Alhaji Kamara to push the ball in at stoppage time.
Sadly, things got worse for Cote d’Ivoire as Sangare could not continue the game after sustaining an injury as a result of the catastrophic display.
Serge Aurier finished the match in goal as they have made all substitutions before the injury.
In the 93rd minute, Ivory Coast keeper Badra Ali Sangaré suffered an injury while conceding the equalizer to Sierra Leone.
He had to be stretchered off, and captain Serge Aurier stepped in goal for the final minutes 🧤https://t.co/sr4ymFZmpW
One of the biggest shocks in the hustory of Afcon came in the final game of the day as Equatorial Guinea ended Algeria’s 35-game unbeaten run.
Esteban Obono’s 70th-minute strike was all the Nzalag Nacional needed to pull the shocking victory.
Algeria failed to deal with a near post flick from a corner and Obono was there to round up the back post to sliding home the ball.
The Fennec Foxes could have found a way back in the 84th minute but saw their goal disallowed as the linesman ruled Belailli for moving too soon.
We lost a battle but it isn’t a reason to give up. We keep working until it’s done once again
– @LesVertsÉquipe d’Algérie de Football
Elsewhere in Group F, two Penalties were scored as Ibrahima Koné and Musa Barrow netted from the spot as Mali and Gambia played out a 1-1 draw.
Things are however tight on the Group standings as Ivory Coast lead the way with four points, while the win has seen Equatorial Guinea go second with three points. Sierra Leone are third with two points while Algeria are last with a point and the defending champions risk early elimination.
Tunisia were inspired by Captain Wahbi Khazri who scored a brace and provided an assist as they ran out 4-0 winners against Mauritius.