The Africa Cup of Nations favourites once again flattered to deceive in Bafoussam on Friday.
Much-fancied Senegal - the highest-ranked team at the tournament - followed up their fortunate last-gasp win over Zimbabwe on Monday with a dull stalemate against Guinea in Group B.
It was a drab West Africa derby at the Kouekong Stadium, with Guinea the better side before the break as Morgan Guilavogui squandered their best opening.
Sadio Mane’s Senegal dominated much of the second half, but could not find the necessary breakthrough with Aly Keita denying Abdou Diallo and the likes of Bouna Sarr, Boulaye Dia and Mamadou Loum all failing to convert chances.
The result leaves both teams on four points, with their places in the last 16 all but guaranteed with a match to spare.
However, Senegal have big improvements to make if they are to live up to their pre-tournament billing in Cameroon.
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Senegal vs Guinea latest news
Kick-off time: 1pm GMT, Kouekong Stadium
How to watch: Sky Sports
Senegal team news: Ciss, N’Diaye and Thiam start
Guinea team news: Ibrahima Cisse, Ilaix Moriba and Guilavogui come in
Prediction: Senegal 2-0 Guinea
14:53 , George Flood
Senegal 0-0 Guinea
Not a game that will live long in the memory.
Both sides are on track for the last 16 as expected, but Senegal aren’t exactly striking fear into any of their rivals.
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93 mins: A bit of a risk there from QPR ‘keeper Dieng, who steps outside of his area before taking the ball back in and scooping up in his hands.
There will be no late chances in this one.
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90 mins: Bouna Sarr makes way for Keita Balde, while Guinea replace Guilavogui with Morlaye Sylla.
Three minutes of added time signalled. Is there a late twist to come in this rather drab contest?
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87 mins: There’s a brief pause to check a potential Senegal handball inside the box, but Sylla’s cross was clearly driven into the face of Mbaye.
Guinea coach Kaba Diawara appeals passionately for a penalty, but none of Guinea’s players follow.
Play continues, with a needless challenge from Ciss followed by a dreadful free-kick from substitute Ibrahima Conte that was never troubling Senegal goalkeeper Dieng.
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85 mins: Speculative penalty appeals from Naby Keita are waved away, with the animated Guinea captain then complaining loudly to the referee.
He’s on a yellow card and needs to be careful here.
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82 mins: Guinea would be more than happy with a point here and Aly Keita is taking an age over some of these goal kicks.
Referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa has had enough as he shows him a yellow card for time wasting.
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81 mins: That’s the end of Dia’s day, though I don’t think he’s injured.
He walks off beyond the byline as Sochaux midfielder Joseph Lopy jogs on.
Sarr then drills another free-kick high and wide.
He’s had a real mixed bag from set-pieces this afternoon.
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80 mins: Sloppy from Guinea and Senegal burst forward, with Dia brought down by Sylla.
Yellow card for the left-back, who has been much, much quieter in this second half.
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77 mins: Another change from Guinea.
It’s in midfield, with Roma’s Diawara - on a yellow card - withdrawn as Mory Konate enters the fray.
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75 mins: Kouyate clatters into Guilavogui during an aerial tussle and the Crystal Palace man receives Senegal’s first yellow card.
Guinea are successfully taking the sting out of this game now after a prolonged period of Senegal dominance.
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72 mins: Senegal look to their bench for the first time this afternoon with under 20 minutes to play in Bafoussam.
Thiam is replaced by Strasbourg forward Habib Diallo.
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69 mins: Some last-ditch defending from Guinea to keep Villarreal frontman Dia at bay.
Before that, Dia had just failed to connect with a dangerous cross from the Senegal right.
A goal almost feels inevitable for the tournament favourites here, but they are having to be patient.
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67 mins: Another good chance comes and goes for Senegal, with Mane driving forward before Sarr’s low strike is dragged wide of the back post.
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65 mins: Guinea have been pinned back deep inside their own half for much of this second period, so manager Kaba Diawara introduces his other Ibrahima Conte - this one a winger - in a bid to regain some attacking impetus.
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63 mins: It’s still all Senegal, with Liverpool team-mates Keita and Mane battling for supremacy.
Keita joins team-mate Diawara in the book.
Another brief sight of goal for Senegal, but Loum tries to place his low strike and it’s an easy save for Aly Keita.
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60 mins: Mane with a spot of trickery near the byline before lofting a deflected cross to the back post.
It’s headed back across the box before Thiam collides with the defender as he tries to get his effort away.
The free-kick is given to Guinea and the decision isn’t changed by VAR.
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58 mins: Guinea are under constant pressure here, suddenly defending poorly and giving away a stream of free-kicks in wide positions.
Sarr’s latest ball in is easily cleared.
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57 mins: Senegal are beginning to dominate proceedings now as Ciss delivers a pinpoint cross from the left.
It’s a free header for Diallo, who makes a powerful connection before Aly Keita tips the ball over the crossbar.
Senegal’s best moment of the game so far.
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55 mins: Another free-kick for Senegal as Guinea begin to lose their discipline a touch.
This time Sarr’s delivery isn’t good, but Kouyate still manages to produce a tough low header that flies well wide.
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53 mins: Chance for Senegal!
Sarr’s enticing free-kick from the left arrows towards the back post, where Dia is unable to connect.
Guinea breathe a big sigh of relief.
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51 mins: Aliou Cisse is not a happy man down on the touchline.
His team have shown so little so far today.
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48 mins: It’s all just a bit pedestrian and sluggish from Senegal, which is fairly inexcusable when you have the likes of Mane and Dia up top.
Diawara brings down Sarr and picks up the first yellow card of the afternoon.
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46 mins: Danger for Senegal at the start of the second half as Guinea make in-roads down the left and get the ball into the box from the byline.
Guilavogui tangles with Thiam inside the box and wants a penalty, but the decision goes the other way.
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The players are back out on the pitch at the Kouekong Stadium.
Guinea kick off and the second half is underway.
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An underwhelming first half has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of those Senegal fans...
13:48 , George Flood
Senegal 0-0 Guinea
Not the most exciting half of football, it must be said.
Guinea the better side with Sylla lively, but they’ve only created one clear-cut chance to speak of thus far.
Senegal, though, have been very disappointing indeed.
Boulaye Dia remonstrates with referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa after the whistle and his team-mates move him away and down the tunnel.
Big improvement needed if the Lions of Teranga want to win this tournament.
13:46 , George Flood
45 mins: Just the one minute of added time signalled at the end of a low-key first period in Bafoussam.
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42 mins: A below-par contest had been drifting quietly towards half-time before another tricky burst from Sylla, who takes on Kouyate and Mbaye before earning a corner off the latter with a hopeful strike.
A couple of corners are easily cleared before Sylla’s very ambitious effort from distance sails over the crossbar.
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39 mins: Senegal attack down their left flank now, with Sarr weaving his way to the byline before a poor cross is headed away by Conte.
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36 mins: Diawara’s foul on the elusive Mane offers Senegal another decent free-kick opportunity.
Ciss’ cross is a great one into the six-yard box and it’s just about hacked behind by Sylla.
But the corner delivery is poor from Bouna Sarr and Guinea easily clear at the front post.
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33 mins: Guinea look much more fluid and dangerous going forward just at the moment, with Liverpool’s Keita driving them on.
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29 mins: Big chance!
Senegal are caught on the counter-attack after a set-piece is cleared.
Guinea stream forward and have men over in the box, with Guilavogui teed up by Ilaix Moriba and forcing a good low save from Dieng.
Senegal are crucially first to the rebound and significant danger is averted.
The best opportunity of the match so far, by a long way.
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26 mins: Sylla needs no second invitation to get forward after a Guinea knockdown and his stinging low drive is deflected wide by Pape Abou Cisse.
Guinea make nothing of two quick-fire corners, with Guilavogui going for the acrobatic before rolling on the floor following a collision.
A cynical foul from Sylla on Mane there, giving Senegal the chance to get back on the ball and build an attack.
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23 mins: Mane battles away for Senegal in that left channel, eventually earning a corner.
They are sluggish to attack what isn’t a bad delivery, with Kouyate then dispossessed as he tries to keep the attack alive.
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20 mins: Liverpool’s Naby Keita is down in the box after he flicks the ball into the air and there’s then a clash of heads with Pape Abou Cisse.
VAR will take a look at it while both sets of players take on fluids on the touchline.
No penalty given, but that was a rash challenge from the Olympiacos centre-back.
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18 mins: Sylla now shows his defensive chops with a full-blooded sliding challenge on Sarr near the byline.
He just about gets enough on the ball, with a goal kick given.
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16 mins: Guinea had gone quiet for a few minutes after their strong start, but left-back Sylla is now the danger man again as his whipped cross is headed behind by Pape Abou Cisse.
Senegal repel the corner, before Mane slips and gives away possession again.
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14 mins: It takes an age for Senegal to take the free-kick, with Bayern Munich’s Bouna Sarr then smashing a disappointing effort straight into the wall.
He appeals for handball, but there’s no penalty given by Ethiopian referee Bamlak Tessema Weyesa as the ball deflects harmlessly through to goalkeeper Aly Keita.
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12 mins: Much brighter from Senegal, with Mane winning the ball back high up the pitch and charging forward before being brought down from behind by Conte, who was trying to atone for his error.
This free-kick offers a terrific shooting opportunity...
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10 mins: Finally some signs of life from Senegal, with Sadio Mane involved in trying to get them onto the front foot.
A cross from the right flank causes some uncertainty in the Guinea box, with a defensive header almost causing issues for goalkeeper Aly Keita.
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7 mins: It’s still all Guinea in the early going, with Senegal unable to get a foot on the ball.
Africa’s top-ranked team - sitting at 20th in the world at present - look really out of sorts so far.
Can Kaba Diawara’s side take advantage?
Not like that. A wild free-kick from former Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba from miles out balloons into the stands.
He’s a talented boy, but that was naive and a real wasted opportunity.
13:06 , George Flood
4 mins: Guinea are the dominant force during these early exchanges, with Ibrahima Conte nodding a deep free-kick wide with the offside flag raised after Crystal Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate’s block on Morgan Guilavogui.
Senegal have been notably sloppy so far.
Aliou Cisse is cutting a frustrated figure under his cap on the touchline.
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2 mins: Early joy for Guinea down their left flank, with Toulouse’s Issiaga Sylla - who scored the winning goal against Malawi on Monday - racing forward and earning a corner, from which there is major panic and a lucky escape for QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng.
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We are underway in this West African derby in AFCON Group B.
Will one of these sides all but book their place alongside Cameroon in the last 16?
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Here come the teams in Bafoussam, Cameroon’s third-biggest city.
Senegal are all in white, with Guinea donning their familiar red and yellow strips.
A lot of empty seats as expected at the Kouekong Stadium, but there are a fair few fans in attendance - particularly behind the goals.
A good noise being generated during the national anthems.
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A reminder of today’s teams with kick-off now just minutes away...
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Guinea coach Diawara: Nothing is impossible
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Guinea coach Kaba Diawara knows the significant challenge facing his side today against the tournament favourites, but insists nothing is impossible.
“We are excited to be playing against Senegal in a derby,” he said.
“Senegal is a big team, and we don’t expect an easy game, but we know nothing is impossible.
“We are determined to get three points, and I have urged the players to be vigilant as we want to avoid the mistakes we did against Malawi.”
Aliou Cisse warns Senegal over Guinea strength
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Here are the thoughts of Senegal coach Aliou Cisse ahead of today’s Western Africa derby clash...
“When Senegal play Guinea its always an exciting match, a derby to watch,” said the former Birmingham and Portsmouth midfielder.
“Our aim is to win every game, but we have to remember they are equally very strong side. I have always told our players we have no small teams in the competition.
“I played against Guinea coach Kaba Diawara 24 years ago and we know each other well. However, on the pitch things will be different as we both want to win.”
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A heavy police presence outside the stadium in Bafoussam...
Guinea also make three changes
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As for Guinea, Ibrahima Cisse, RB Leipzig’s Ilaix Moriba and Morgan Guilavogui all come in.
Mohamed Camara, Mamadou Kane and Jose Kante drop out.
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𝗟’𝗲́𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗽𝗲 𝗽𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝗲́𝗻𝗲́𝗴𝗮𝗹
Aguibou Camara, Moussa Camara et Martinez Kanté sont ménagés pour ce match.
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Three Senegal changes
12:16 , George Flood
That looks like three changes to the Senegal team that edged past Zimbabwe on Monday.
Idrissa Gueye and Fode Ballo-Toure (both Covid) make way along with Cagliari winger Keita Balde Diao.
Into the starting XI come the returning Saliou Ciss, Mamadou Loum N’Diaye and Mame Thiam.
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Lineups on the way
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Official team news is on the way! Stay tuned...
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A look inside the dressing rooms at the Kouekong Stadium in Bafoussam...
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Mane close to Senegal record
11:40 , George Flood
Sadio Mane has a huge national record in his sights ahead of today’s clash in Cameroon.
The Liverpool forward needs just two more goals to pull level with former Wolves, West Ham and Celtic striker Henri Camara as Senegal’s all-time leading scorer.
Mane currently has 27 strikes in 81 caps, while Camara managed 29 in 99.
Can he equal the record today while firing Aliou Cisse’s men into the last 16?
Gueye and Ballo-Toure ruled out
11:29 , George Flood
Senegal’s Covid outbreak worsened earlier this week after it was confirmed that Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye and AC Milan left-back Fode Ballo-Toure had also tested positive, ruling them out of today’s game.
However, they did also get good news, with the country’s FA confirming that Saliou Ciss, Pape Matar Sarr and Nampalys Mendy would all join up with the squad from Dakar after recording negative PCR tests.
There was also a suggestion that captain Koulibaly may actually be able to play today after a negative result returned on Tuesday.
He would need to have recorded another one yesterday in order to be in contention.
Senegal vs Guinea prediction
11:12 , George Flood
Senegal have hardly been alone among the tournament favourites in starting the group stage slowly but should be better for the 90 minutes under their belt and can all but book a place in the knockout stage here.
Senegal to win 2-0.
Guinea team news
11:09 , George Flood
As for Guinea, Saint-Etienne defender Saidou Sow and Israel-based striker Ibrahima Conte both sustained knocks during the 1-0 win over Malawi on Monday.
However, they are both expected to be ready to feature today.
Like Senegal, Guinea were also heavily depleted by Covid in their opener, though key duo Naby Keita (Liverpool) and Amadou Diawara (Roma) both remain fit and available.
Senegal team news
11:07 , George Flood
Senegal are expected to remain without Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, former Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly today after all three tested positive for Covid ahead of the tournament.
Saliou Ciss, Bamba Dieng, Mame Baba Thiam, Pape Matar Sarr, Nampalys Mendy and Alfred Gomis were left behind in Dakar last week due to positive tests, while Watford’s Ismaila Sarr is currently working with a knee specialist in Barcelona in the hope that he can play some part later in the tournament.
How to watch Senegal vs Guinea
11:03 , George Flood
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online through the Sky Go app.
Welcome to Senegal vs Guinea LIVE coverage!
10:59 , George Flood
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of what promises to be another dramatic day at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Gabon vs Ghana and Morocco vs Comoros are coming up later, but first we focus on events in Bafoussam, where Senegal and Guinea will both have their eye on sealing a spot in the last 16 after opening victories that came despite both squads suffering Covid-19 outbreaks.
Tournament favourites Senegal needed a last-gasp penalty from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane to see off battling Zimbabwe, while left-back Issiaga Sylla’s first-half goal was enough for Guinea to defeat Malawi on Monday.
Can either of these sides join hosts Cameroon in the knockouts with a game to spare?
Kick-off at the Kouekong Stadium is at 1pm GMT, so keep it right here for all the latest team news, match build-up and live updates!