2019 AFCON: Benin 0 Guinea-Bissau 0

Qualification is still up for grabs in AFCON Group F after Benin and Guinea-Bissau emulated the 0-0 draw between Cameroon and Ghana.

Huddersfield Town and Benin striker Steve Mounie turned in a tireless performance but couldn't score a goal.   -  Getty Images

Benin and Guinea-Bissau played out Saturday's third consecutive 0-0 draw at the Africa Cup of Nations to leave qualification from Group F up in the air.

After their entertaining opening encounter with Ghana finished 2-2, Benin had the most to rue from a dour match because it must still play defending champion Cameroon. The best chances in each half fell to its striker Steve Mounie, who was unable to capitalise despite turning in a tireless performance.

Cameroon remains top of the section on four points having won 2-0 in its initial contest against Guinea-Bissau, which against Benin offered little in pursuit of a maiden AFCON win at Ismailia Stadium. Cameroon and Ghana's earlier stalemate left the door ajar for both group outsiders to progress, possibly contributing to a cagey opening.

 

A superb throughball from Benin midfielder Jordan Adeoti sent Mounie charging towards goal in the 37th minute, when the Huddersfield Town player forced Jonas Mendes to save sharply down to his left. In a development that scarcely felt possible, the quality of creative play from each team diminished after the break and clear openings remained at a premium.

Mounie cut the ball across the six-yard box in the 66th minute but none of his team-mates were on hand to convert. Benin's No. 9 slammed his hands against the crossbar in frustration when he headed over unmarked from Stephane Sessegnon's floated free-kick and there would be no way through.

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