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Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Madagascar earn 2-2 draw with Guinea in tournament debut

Madagascar players celebrate with the coaching staff as they score their first Africa Cup of Nations goal

Madagascar had won just one of 16 games in their previous four qualifying campaigns before qualification for the 2019 tournament began

Madagascar marked their Africa Cup of Nations debut with a draw against Group B opponents Guinea in Alexandria.

Sory Kaba had put Guinea ahead after 34 minutes, but Madagascar responded with two goals in six second-half minutes through Anicet Andrianantenaina and Charles Carolus Andriamahitsinoro.

Francois Kamano’s 66th-minute penalty earned a point for Guinea, after Romain Metanire had fouled Ibrahima Traore.

Earlier on Saturday, Nigeria defeated Burundi 1-0 to top Group B.

Madagascar more than held their own in their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance, despite falling behind as Dijon striker Kaba latched on to Amadou Diawara’s pass and calmly rounded goalkeeper Melvin Adrien.

The Madagascan players ran to celebrate with their coaching staff as Andrianantenaina headed in the nation’s first-ever goal in the competition four minutes after half-time.

And Andriamahitsinoro completed the turnaround as he slotted in to the bottom left corner for Nicolas Dupuis’ side – ranked 108 in the world.

Guinea coach Paul Put responded by bringing on Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita for his first appearance since 1 May, after the 24-year-old sustained a thigh injury against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

Metanire’s poorly-timed tackle on Traore allowed Guinea – who failed to qualify in 2017 – a route back in to the match, and the 2015 quarter-finalists went close through Traore and Fulham’s Ibrahima Cisse as they pressed for a late winner.

Guinea face Nigeria next on Wednesday (15:30 BST), while Madagascar take on fellow debutants Burundi on Thursday (15:30).

Analysis

By BBC Africa’s Robert Misigaro:

Guinea against Madagascar was a very different game to the one before it between Burundi and Nigeria. The contrast couldn’t be any greater in terms of pace and energy.

The mood in the stadium before the game was telling; Guinea fans in colourful clothes, choreographed dances to the rhythm of traditional Guinean drums. The party continued up the last whistle.

It was hard to believe that, just like Burundi, Madagascar were playing their first ever Africa Cup of Nations.

Even when they went a goal down in the 34th minute they did not relax. They carried on pushing and their effort paid.

Live Text

Match ends, Guinea 2, Madagascar 2.

Second Half ends, Guinea 2, Madagascar 2.

Offside, Guinea. Issiaga Sylla tries a through ball, but Bangaly-Fodé Koita is caught offside.

Foul by Amadou Diawara (Guinea).

Rayan Raveloson (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Issiaga Sylla (Guinea).

Lalaïna Nomenjanahary (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ibrahima Cissé (Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ibrahima Traoré (Guinea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Naby Keita.

Substitution, Guinea. Mohamed Yattara replaces Sory Kaba.

Ibrahima Cissé (Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lalaïna Nomenjanahary (Madagascar).

Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Simon Falette (Guinea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar).

Hand ball by Faneva Ima Andriatsima (Madagascar).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar).

Attempt blocked. Ibrahima Traoré (Guinea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Naby Keita.

Substitution, Guinea. Bangaly-Fodé Koita replaces François Kamano.

Foul by Amadou Diawara (Guinea).

Rayan Raveloson (Madagascar) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ibrahima Cissé (Guinea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sory Kaba.

Corner, Madagascar. Conceded by Julian Jeanvier.

Substitution, Madagascar. Paulin Voavy replaces Carolus Andriamahitsinoro because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (Madagascar).

Ibrahima Cissé (Guinea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carolus Andriamahitsinoro (Madagascar).

Foul by Sory Kaba (Guinea).

Anicet Andrianantenaina (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ibrahima Traoré (Guinea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sory Kaba with a through ball.

Attempt missed. François Kamano (Guinea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

Goal! Guinea 2, Madagascar 2. François Kamano (Guinea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Romain Métanire (Madagascar) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Guinea. Ibrahima Traoré draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Romain Métanire (Madagascar) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Marco Ilaimaharitra (Madagascar) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Madagascar. Conceded by Ibrahima Traoré.

Substitution, Madagascar. Rayan Raveloson replaces Ibrahim Amada.

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Madagascar earn 2-2 draw with Guinea in tournament debut

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