Senegal faces Equatorial Guinea in the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals. The match will be played on Sunday, January 30th at Japoma Stadium (Douala)
The national team of Senegal started the African Cup of Nations in Group B. The Lions of Teranga qualified for the playoffs from the 1st line, gaining five points in matches against Zimbabwe (1-0), Guinea (0-0), and Malawi (0-0). In the 1/8 finals, the Senegalese faced a quite modest national team of Cape Verde. The match on January 25 in Bafoussam (Cameroon) ended with a score of 2- 0, and the goals were scored by Sadio Mane and Ahmadou Bamba Dieng. Curiously, the Lions scored both goals when their opponent was left with nine men due to two red cards by the 57th minute.
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The national team of Equatorial Guinea started their performances at the African Cup of Nations in Group E. And the National Thunder unexpectedly finished second with six points scored, although it had to play against Ivory Coast (0-1), Algeria (1-0) and Sierra Leone (1-0). In the 1/8 finals, the Guineans faced the national team of Mali, which has a much stronger roster. The match in Limbo on January 26 turned out to be quite boring, and the teams didn’t score both in regulation and in extra time. But in the penalty shootout, Equatorial Guinea players were more cold-blooded (6-5). The fate of the match was determined by the save of the goalkeeper Jesús Owono.
The history of head-to-head confrontations between the national teams of Senegal and Equatorial Guinea has three matches. The Lions of Teranga gained two victories and one draw. The last game took place at the African Cup qualification in November 2018, and then Senegal won 1-0. The Senegalese are the clear favorites of the upcoming match, as they have a more solid selection of players. Moreover, the Lions have an excellent defensive line: they did not concede a single goal in four matches. In addition, Senegal received one more day of rest compared to Equatorial Guinea, which played a tough extra time against the Malians. The Guineans have already shown excellent results in this tournament, defeating Algeria and eliminating Mali, but we think the National Thunder has little chance of winning the upcoming match. Both opponents cannot boast of high production: Senegal scored three goals in four matches and did not concede, while all matches of Equatorial Guinea in the tournament ended with no more than one goal scored.