Sierra Leone continued with their dream return to the Africa Cup of Nations after scoring a 93rd minute equalizer to earn a 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast on Sunday.
The Elephants goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare gifted Leone Stars the late equalizer, spilling the ball needlessly when he went to collect a headed ball. The goalkeeper fell awkwardly and dropped the ball from his hands, Steven Caulker picking it before playing Musa Kamara.
Kamara who had came on as a sub did just enough to bundle the ball home, even though he had lost his balance.
Sangare was not able to continue after horrific injury forcing defender Serge Aurier to put on goalkeeper’s gloves in the last few minutes of the game.
The Elephants who won their opening match were looking for another vital three points to book Last 16 slot and started on a high pace. Crystal Palace’s forward Wilfred Zaha had a chance to break the deadlock after 12 minutes was brought down but Leone keeper Mohamed Kamara saved Franck Kessie from the penalty spot.
The Ivorians continued pressing and finally broke the deadlock in the 25th minute through Ajax striker Sebastian Haller after Zaha’s nice pass.
Leone Stars had a brilliant opportunity to square the game in the 39th minute, when Buya Turray was sent through on goal but he could not beat Sangare one on one basis.
In the second half, Ivory Coast picked from where they left, pressing and pushing, but they were stunned after 55 minutes when substitute Kamara struck a blinder of a left footed shot to make it 1-1.
But, their joy did not last as Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe gave Ivory Coast the lead once again with a well taken left foot.
Leone Stars hopes were never dented and they pushed Ivory Coast whenever they could and were rewarded with a dramatic late equalizer.