Ivory Coast 1 South Africa 0:
The Elephants of Ivory Coast secured a precious win over South Africa in a group that is widely considered as the toughest in the tournament.
– The last nine goals conceded by South Africa in the AFCON have all been scored in the second half.
– Since losing 0-2 to Ghana in their opening game of the 1996 AFCON in South Africa, Ivory Coast have not lost any of their last 17 opening games in the competition (W11, D6).
– Toulouse captain Max Alain Gradel has provided the assist for two of the last three goals scored by Ivory Coast at the AFCON.
– Bafana Bafana have lost three of their last four group stage games at the AFCON (D1).
– After the defeat against Ivory Coast, South Africa has now won only one of their last 16 games in the competition (D7, L8). Their only victory in this run was a 2-0 win against Angola on home soil in January 2013.
Tunisia 1 Angola 1:
The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia were denied winning start to the AFCON campaign by an Angolan team which finished the game as stronger side.
– Tunisian forward Youssef Msakni who scored the opener in this game has now scored two goals in his last three games in the tournament, as many as in his previous 10.
– Tunisia have scored three of their last six goals at the AFCON from the penalty spot.
– Tunisia have lost only one of their last 10 opening games at the AFCON (W4, D5). The only defeat was a 2-0 loss to Senegal in the 2017 tournament in Gabon.
– Tunisia have kept only one clean sheet in their last 17 AFCON games, with their only clean sheet being a 1-0 win over Algeria in the 2013 tournament.
– Angola have not lost any of their last opening games in the AFCON (W1, D4).
Mali 4 Mauritania 1:
Debutants Mauritania were given a football lesson as the Eagles of Mali ran riots against the Chinguetti Lions in the AFCON bow.
– Mauritania are the first team making their debut in the AFCON to lose by a margin of at least three goals in their first game in the competition since Sierra Leone in 1994 were beaten 4-0 by Ivory Coast.
– Mali have not lost any of the 11 opening games in the AFCON (W6, D5).
– Mali have won their first game ever at the AFCON by a margin of three goals. They scored four goals in an AFCON game for the first time since 2010, in a 4-4 draw against Angola.
– El Hacen El Id becomes the first Mauritanian player to score a goal at the AFCON with his 72nd minute well taken penalty.