AFCON 2017: Scores, Results, Standings and Updated Schedule After Saturday

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2017

Ghana's forward Asamoah Gyan celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Mali in Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017. / AFP / Justin TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ghana held on to beat Mali 1-0 at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, advancing to the quarter-finals of the competition from Group D. 

Asamoah Gyan's header after 21 minutes gave the winners the only goal of the game, but Mali produced a fine second-half display and deserved a result.

Egypt defeated Uganda 1-0 in the evening kick-off, as an 88th-minute strike by Shawky El Said thrust his side to the brink of qualification with one game remaining.

Here are Saturday's confirmed results and latest standings from Group D:

AFCON 2017: Saturday's Group D Results
TeamScoreTeam
Ghana1-0Mali
Egypt1-0Uganda
BBC Sport
AFCON 2017: Group D Standings
PsTeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Ghana22002026
2Egypt21101014
3Mali201101-11
4Uganda200202-20
BBC Sport

 

Saturday Recap

Mali's defender Ousmane Coulibaly (C) jumps amid players to head the ball during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Mali in Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017. / AFP / Justin TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN
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Ghana withstood substantial pressure as they booked their slot in the last eight of the tournament, and a goal from Gyan was enough to earn three points.

The skipper became his country's all-time top scorer in the AFCON with eight goals, beating Osei Kofi's record.

Andre Ayew almost opened the scoring in the first minutes of the match, but he fired wide. 

(L-R) Ghana's midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Ghana's forward Asamoah Gyan, Ghana's defender Harrison Afful and Ghana's defender Daniel Amartey celebrate at the end of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Mali in Port
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However, Gyan found the net after 21 minutes with a decisive header, giving the group leaders a slim advantage before half-time.

Mali were a different prospect in the second half, as Moussa Marega missed two golden opportunities to guide his side back into the match.

Kalifa Coulibaly almost earned a point late in the day, but goalkeeper Razak Brimah was the hero when he saved the player's volley.

Mali were the better side in the second half, but they will rue the chances they were unable to convert against a lacklustre opponent.

Ghana's Israeli coach Avram Grant reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Ghana and Mali in Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017. / AFP / Justin TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ghana had controlled the first half, being relaxed in possession and dominant on the ball, but they went to sleep after half-time.

Coach Avram Grant watched on and cut a disappointed figure as his side lost ambition late in the game.

Mali have yet to score in the group phase, and if they had a striker who could find the net, they could easily have won this encounter.

Egypt's midfielder Mahmoud Hassan (C) challenges Uganda's midfielders Khalid Aucho and Hassan Wasswa (R) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017. / AFP / Justin TALLIS
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Egypt had to push until the closing minutes to obtain victory against Uganda, forcing a war of attrition.

El Said was the match-winner on a dreadful playing surface, as the Ugandan defence sank deeper and deeper in the second half.

Egypt made their opponent's vulnerabilities pay late in the game, and stole victory when it appeared the game would end as a draw.

Uganda are the first team to be eliminated from this year's tournament.