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banner Monday, 28 January, 2002, 20:45 GMT
Mali through to last eight
Tasfaout was injured in a collision during the Mali v Algeria game
Tasfaout was hospitalised after swallowing his tongue
Group A: Mali 2-0 Algeria

A fired-up Malian side have stormed into the quarter-finals of the Nations Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win over Algeria in Bamako.

The Eagles, spearheaded by the impressive Seydou Keita, Mamadou Bagayoko and skipper Sumailia Coulibaly, dominated the Algerians in the first half.

Bagayoko sent the home fans into raptures when he netted a superb goal in the 18th minute.

Bagayoko playing against Nigeria - AFP
Bagayoko (r) sent Malian fans wild

The tall striker controlled the ball on his chest before turning his marker and firing a shot high into the right hand corner of the net.

Six minutes later Bagayoko turned provider as he set Bassala Toure free with a long ball through the middle. Toure made no mistake from inside the box.

Algerian coach Rabah Madjer responded by bringing Bilal Dziri and Nassim Boumekdje before half time.

But disaster struck for the North Africans when striker Abdelhafid Tasfaout swallowed his tongue following a clash of heads with Mali's Diarra.

The 31-year-old, who plays for French first division side Guingamp, fell unconscious while his team mates waved frantically for medical attention.


In chilling scenes, blood streamed from Tasfaout's nose as doctors attempted to revive him and play was halted for five minutes as an ambulance was brought on to the pitch to take him to hospital.

But it was later reported that the Algerian skipper had regained consciousness and was out of danger.

Although the Algerians tried bravely to fight their way back into the match in the second half they had no counter for Keita and Bagayoko.

It was only good goal-keeping by Gaouaoui that prevented the Malians from scoring again.

By finishing second in Group A the Eagles now move to Kayes where they await the winner of Group B in the quarter-finals.

BBC Sport's Dominic Cotton
"Mali have been cheered on by their home crowd"
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