Mali, Guinea tie, will have to draw lots for quarterfinal spot

Mali's midfielder Seydou Keita (L) vies with Guinea's midfielder Boubacar Fofana during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match.

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Mali and Guinea drew 1-1 at the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday and sheer luck will now decide who makes the quarterfinals.

One will progress through the tournament’s final tiebreaker rule – the drawing of lots – after both ended on the same points, the same goal difference and the same goals scored to tie for second in Group D.

Guinea led at Mongomo Stadium through Kevin Constant’s 15th-minute penalty.

Mali captain Seydou Keita missed a penalty at the other end two minutes later, but the Malians drew level early in the second half through forward Modibo Maiga’s back-post header.

Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 1-0 in the other Group D game to top the group and will face top-ranked African team Algeria in the quarterfinals.