Highlights from match day two of the AFCON tournament

Match Day Two of the 33rd Edition of the AFCON tournament happened yesterday and Senegal, a team that has been predicted as one of people’s favorites to win the tournament, was rescued in its opener yesterday by a stoppage-time penalty kick by Sadio Mane to beat Zimbabwe 1-0.

Senegalese celebrating Mane's Penalty

It was the first match of four on the day and Morocco got its tournament started with a narrow 1-0 win over Ghana thanks to a late goal by Sofiane Boufal.

This extends Morocco's run of games without a regulation loss to 21 straight matches, from to 2019. Guinea also topped Group B opponents Malawi 1-0 on a first-half goal from Toulouse left-back Issiaga Sylla.

In the final match of the day, Comoros in its first-ever Africa Cup of Nations tournament lost to Gabon who was without a number of key players due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Given the surge in COVID-19 cases around the globe connected to the Omicron variant, precautions are being taken by organizers and matches will be held in front of reduced crowds with only vaccinated fans gaining admission.

What's clear is that there will be no postponements and 11 players will be enough for any team to take the field. The expanded 28-player rosters and five substitutes are expected to help coaches navigate potential outbreaks.

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