Guinea will play in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals after qualifying instead of Mali by the drawing of lots at a ceremony in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Thursday.
Lots were drawn to determine second place in Group D after both countries finished level after their three opening round matches. Ivory Coast won the group.
Three successive 1-1 draws for both teams meant they could not be separated by points, their head-to-head result, goal difference or goals scored. Guinea will now play Ghana in Sunday’s quarter-final in Malabo.
It was only the third time in African Nations Cup history that a draw had to be conducted to separate two teams after the group phase. Previous drawing of lots in 1972 and 1988 favoured Congo and Algeria.