Guinea gets lucky in draw for African Cup quarterfinal spot

Neck and neck: Guinea and Mali drew 1-1 when the two sides met - the same score as their other group games.

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Guinea have won a place in the African Nations Cup quarterfinals at the expense of Mali after the drawing of lots.

The teams fought out a 1-1 draw in Mongomo on Wednesday and, with both having also played out 1-1 draws in their previous Group D matches, lots were required to decide who finished second in the pool and advanced to face Ghana in the last eight.

There were two balls in a pot labelled position two (2) and position three (3), with a representative from each team told to pick a ball — and the Confederation of African Football confirmed on its website on Thursday afternoon that Guinea had come out on top.

It is a remarkable set of circumstances and one not seen at the African Nations Cup since 1988, when the drawing of lots sent Algeria through to the knockout stage with the Ivory Coast missing out.

The draw was made at a meeting of the Confederation of African Football officials on Thursday.