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Julian and Guinea keep qualification hopes alive with victory over ten-man Burundi

Julian Jeanvier an unused substitute on Sunday night

1 July 2019

A brace from Mohamed Yattara boosted Guinea's hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations as they beat ten-man Burundi on Sunday evening.

Julian Jeanvier was named on the bench as Guinea went into their must-win game at the Al-Salam Stadium Cairo. Their hopes were boosted when Christophe Nduwarugira was shown a straight red after just 12 minutes for a last-man foul. Yattara then swept in the opener from a corner midway through the first-half. The Auxerre striker made the game safe in the second half with a composed strike.

Guinea must now wait to discover if they will progress as one of the best third-placed teams. They finish the group stage with four points as the four third-placed sides with the best records will go through. Four groups are set to complete over the next two days with Guinea only needing to finish above one more third-placed side to go through. 

This evening sees South Africa look to book their place in the Last 16 as they take on already-qualified Morocco. Victory would definitely send Kamohelo Mokotjo and Bafana Bafana through while a draw could also be enough. However, defeat would ensure that it's Julian and Guinea who progress. 

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