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Mauritania v Gambia Match Report, 1/12/22

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0 - 1
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A. Jallow (10)
Stade Omnisport de Limbe
Mauritania 0-1 The Gambia: Scorpions go joint top of Afcon group
2:37 PM EST 1/12/22
The Gambia celebrate vs Mauritania in Afcon 2021.
The West Africans got a goal in the early moments of the first half and managed to hold onto the slim scoreline to emerge winners

The Gambia went to joint top of Group F with Mali after beating Mauritania 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations encounter on Wednesday in Limbe.

The debutants fought ambitiously and should have finished the match with a bigger scoreline had they converted all the open chances created in both halves.

The Gambia started brightly and took the lead in the 10th minute when Ablie Jallow's phenomenal strike from outside the box found the back of the net.

Papa Ibnou of Mauritania was yellow-carded in the 27th minute when his raised elbow caught Gambia's Gomes James while they tussled for an aerial ball in the box.

Ba Ibnou almost gave Mauritania an equaliser in the 36th minute, but his header, from Aboubakar Kamara's cross into the box from the right wing, was parried over the bar by goalkeeper Jobe Modou.

Mauritania, who were a better side towards the end of the first half, made a change in the 45th minute with the introduction of Harouna Demba in place of Souleymane Karamoko.

Sulayman Marreh could have handed The Gambia the second goal in the 48th minute when he managed to head a ball from a corner delivery in a crowded area, but his effort missed the target slightly.

A big chance for The Gambia beckoned again in the 50th minute when Omar Colley's free header flew out. The Sampdoria star managed to connect to a pinpoint free-kick delivery by Ebrimma Colley from the right side of the pitch.

Ebrimma Colley should blame himself for failing to double their lead in the 56th minute. After outmanoeuvring past his marker and creating enough space to shoot at goal, the Atalanta star sent his shot wide despite being in a clear goalscoring position.

Ibnou got in between the Gambia defenders in the 64th minute, but his header missed the target and thus failed to trouble goalkeeper Modou, who had not been seriously tested by the opponents for the better part of the game. 

Ebrimma Colley, who was a sparking force for The Gambia for slightly over the hour he was on the pitch, was substituted in the 74th minute as Lamin Jallow came on.

Jallow committed a foul in a dangerous area in the 83rd minute but Adama Ba could not give hard-fighting Mauritania at least a goal as his free-kick from outside the box flew out.

The North Africans won another set-piece in the 87th minute from almost the same position, but Fofana Gussouma's shot was parried back into play by Modou.

Mauritania survived in the 89th minute when goalkeeper Diop Babacar left his goal area to block Ebrima Darboe in a one-on-one situation.