Mali 4-1 Mauritania:
Mali produced a dominant performance to beat tournament debutants Mauritania at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Abdoulaye Diaby drilled a powerful effort into the top corner from 25 yards to give the Eagles the lead.
Moussa Marega and Monaco’s Adama Traore increased Mali’s advantage, before Moctar Sidi El Hacen pulled a goal back for Mauritania from the spot.
Metz winger Adama Traore, on for his namesake, completed the scoring, curling in from the edge of the box.
Mauritania, taking part in the tournament for the first time in their history, started brightly in Suez but the result was rarely in doubt after Diaby’s sublime opener.
The minnows take on Angola in their next Group E game on Saturday (15:30 BST kick-off), while Mali face Tunisia on Friday (15:30 BST).
Cote d’ivoire 1-0 South Africa:
Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the game as Ivory Coast edged past South Africa in their opening Group D encounter.
Kodjia latched on to Max Gradel’s precise pass before sidefooting through the legs of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.
Nicolas Pepe struck the woodwork in the first half, while Thulani Hlatshwayo headed inches over the bar for South Africa with the score still goalless.
Morocco defeated Namibia 1-0 in Sunday’s Group D opener.
Tunisia 1-1 Angola:
Djalma cancelled out Youssef Msakni’s first-half penalty to earn Angola a point against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 32-year-old fired home on the rebound after goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha failed to hold on to Mateus’ goal-bound effort.
Msakni had given Tunisia the lead from the spot 11 minutes before half-time.
Mali face Mauritania in Group E’s other game later on Monday (21:00 BST kick-off).
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde