Mauritania beat Yemen to FIFA Arab Cup ticket

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  • Mauritania beat Yemen 2-0 to reach the FIFA Arab Cup
  • Ismael Diakite and Hemeya Tanjy got the goals
  • Mauritania will face Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Syria in Group B

Goals from Ismael Diakite and Hemeya Tanjy earned Mauritania a 2-0 win over Yemen and a place at the FIFA Arab Cup. They will now play Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Syria in Group B.

The match began at a fast pace, flowing from end to end, and Mauritania came mightily close to breaking the deadlock six minutes in, only for Adama Ba’s free-kick to be tipped on to the post by Khairalah Mohammed.

The Africans did get the opener in the 18th minute – and in some style. Ba, from the back, spotted Diakite burst behind the Yemen backline and immediately played a palatial long ball over the top. Diakite controlled it impeccably and fired it home with aplomb.

Yemen’s hurdle got a whole lot steeper shortly before the break. Mudir Al-Radaei handled the ball to halt an attack and was sent off.

FIFA Arab cup: Mauritania vs Yemen

The Mauritania players arrive prior to the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 Qualifying match between Mauritania and Yemen
Ahmed Abdulwahid of Yemen leads out his team-mates 
The Yemen players line up for a team photo 
The Mauritania players line up for a team photo 
Abdoul Ba of Mauritania and Ahmed Abdulwahid of Yemen line up with Referee Maurizio Mariani and his Assistants
Yemen Manager / Head Coach Ahmed Al Dhrab reacts 
Mauritania Manager / Head Coach Corentin Martins reacts 
Adama Ba of Mauritania in action 
Mohammed Khairalah of Yemen in action 
 Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania (R) celebrates scoring
 Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania celebrates scoring
 Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania celebrates scoring
Abdallahi Mahmoud of Mauritania competes with Nasser Al Gahwashi of Yemen 
Mohammed Buqshan of Yemen is challenged by Adama Ba of Mauritania 
Nasser Al Gahwashi of Yemen competes with Alassane Diop of Mauritania 
Sidi Rachid of Mauritania tangles with Ahmed Al Sarori of Yemen
Manaf Saad (L) and Nasser Al Gahwashi of Yemen compete with Abdallahi Mahmoud of Mauritania 
Sidi Rachid and Adama Ba of Mauritania react 
Ismael Diakhite of Mauritania in action
Referee Maurizio Mariani shows a red card to Muder Al Radaei of Yemen 
Muder Al Radaei of Yemen reacts to being shown a red card 
Hemeya Tanji of Mauritania celebrates scoring 

The Asians did their best to get back into the game after the interval, but it was always going to be an uphill task.

Diakite had a half-chance to double the lead when he burst down the right, but he failed to trouble Khairalah. Then, minutes from time, Tanjy’s effort slipped under the Yemen goalkeeper to seal victory.

Yemen had the ball in the net in injury-time, but it was ruled offside.

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