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Mauritania beat Yemen to FIFA Arab Cup ticket

  • Mauritania beat Yemen 2-0 to reach the FIFA Arab Cup
  • Ismael Diakite and Hemeya Tanjy got the goals
  • Mauritania will face Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Syria in Group B

Goals from Ismael Diakite and Hemeya Tanjy earned Mauritania a 2-0 win over Yemen and a place at the FIFA Arab Cup. They will now play Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Syria in Group B.

The match began at a fast pace, flowing from end to end, and Mauritania came mightily close to breaking the deadlock six minutes in, only for Adama Ba’s free-kick to be tipped on to the post by Khairalah Mohammed.

The Africans did get the opener in the 18th minute – and in some style. Ba, from the back, spotted Diakite burst behind the Yemen backline and immediately played a palatial long ball over the top. Diakite controlled it impeccably and fired it home with aplomb.

Yemen’s hurdle got a whole lot steeper shortly before the break. Mudir Al-Radaei handled the ball to halt an attack and was sent off.


FIFA Arab cup: Mauritania vs Yemen

The Mauritania players arrive prior to the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 Qualifying match between Mauritania and Yemen

Ahmed Abdulwahid of Yemen leads out his team-mates 

The Yemen players line up for a team photo 

The Mauritania players line up for a team photo 

Abdoul Ba of Mauritania and Ahmed Abdulwahid of Yemen line up with Referee Maurizio Mariani and his Assistants

Yemen Manager / Head Coach Ahmed Al Dhrab reacts 

Mauritania Manager / Head Coach Corentin Martins reacts 

Adama Ba of Mauritania in action 

Mohammed Khairalah of Yemen in action 

 Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania (R) celebrates scoring

 Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania celebrates scoring

 Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania celebrates scoring

Abdallahi Mahmoud of Mauritania competes with Nasser Al Gahwashi of Yemen 

Mohammed Buqshan of Yemen is challenged by Adama Ba of Mauritania 

Nasser Al Gahwashi of Yemen competes with Alassane Diop of Mauritania 

Sidi Rachid of Mauritania tangles with Ahmed Al Sarori of Yemen

Manaf Saad (L) and Nasser Al Gahwashi of Yemen compete with Abdallahi Mahmoud of Mauritania 

Sidi Rachid and Adama Ba of Mauritania react 

Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania in action

The Asians did their best to get back into the game after the interval, but it was always going to be an uphill task. 

Diakite had a half-chance to put the game to bed when he burst down the right, but he failed to trouble Khairalah. Then, minutes from time, Tanjy’s effort slipped under the Yemen goalkeeper to seal victory.

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