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21:58    12 Aug 2017

Mali and Mauritania play to a thrilling draw

Mauritania and Mali played to a thrilling 2-2 draw in their 2018 CAF African Championship qualifier, first leg clash at the Stade Olympique de Nouakchott on Saturday.

The Les Mourabitones were the favourites to win at home, but failed to open up the Mali defence as the visitors had an upper hand in the opening half.

It was the Eagles who scored first on the stroke of half time, but the hosts levelled the matters a minute later.

Showing hunger in front of goal, the hosts made it 2-1 in the injury time of the first half, but they failed to clear their lines allowing Mali to cancel the lead.

It was 2-2 at half time.

Despite the four goal blitz in the dying stages of the first half, there were no goals in the opposite half as the encounter ended in a 2-2 draw.

In the wake of the result, Mauritania will hope to make their second appearance at the showpiece set for local-based players with a win next week away from home.

The second leg will be staged next weekend, on Saturday 19 August in Bamako as the Eagles will want to make book a spot in the tournament.

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