Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Mali cruise past Mauritania in Group E


Moussa Marega’s penalty late in the first half gave Mali a 2-0 lead

Mali produced a dominant performance to beat tournament debutants Mauritania at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Abdoulaye Diaby drilled a powerful effort into the top corner from 25 yards to give the Eagles the lead.

Moussa Marega and Monaco’s Adama Traore increased Mali’s advantage, before Moctar Sidi El Hacen pulled a goal back for Mauritania from the spot.

Metz winger Adama Traore, on for his namesake, completed the scoring, curling in from the edge of the box.

Mauritania, taking part in the tournament for the first time in their history, started brightly in Suez but the result was rarely in doubt after Diaby’s sublime opener.

The minnows take on Angola in their next Group E game on Saturday (15:30 BST kick-off), while Mali face Tunisia on Friday (15:30 BST).

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