Mohamed Yattara scored twice as Guinea beat 10-man Burundi 2-0 to keep alive their hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations last 16.
Yattara swept in the opener from a corner before Christophe Nduwarugira was sent off for Burundi after committing a foul as the last man.
Yattara made the win safe in the second half with a composed strike.
Guinea must now wait to discover if they will progress as one of the best third-placed teams.
They finish the group stage with four points. The four third-placed sides with the best records will go through.
Madagascar’s 2-0 win against Nigeria meant the Africa Cup of Nations debutants topped Group B with the Super Eagles progressing to the knockout stage as runners-up.
It’s an important win for Guinea but not one that will win them much praise. They really should’ve done better against a fatigued 10-man Burundi team and their chances of qualifying are on thin ice.
Burundi will have a sense of what-could-have-been. They were always on the back foot after the red card; a moment that reduced the offender, Nduwarugira, to tears. But they can take positives from their first experience at AFCON – they have a young team and well-disciplined which should serve them well for the future.