Sierra Leone staged a second-half comeback to share spoils with Guinea-Bissau in their matchday two 2023 Group A Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in the Guinean capital on Monday.
Both West African nations played to a 2-2 draw, and as a result, Sierra Leone placed third in the group after their two opening games.
The Leone Stars started well but wasted a couple of chances in their exchanges with Amadou Bakayoko, and Musa Kamara missed possible goal opportunities.
Coming into the tie after their 2-1 defeat to Nigeria, the Leone Stars were fully aware that it was a must-win to revive qualifying hopes, but the visitors stood firm to a goalless first half.
In the second half, two quick goals from the Djurtus through Jorge Fernando Barbosa Intima in the 47 and 52nd minutes, respectively – dismantled the host team.
In the 55th-min, Guinea-Bissau was reduced to 10 men as defender Zidane was sent off for a dangerous foul on Bolton Wanderers strike Amadou Bakayoko just outside the box.
In the 72nd minute, Sierra Leone missed a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit from the spot when Substitute Augustus Kargbo was brought down, but Musa Noah Kamara missed the spot-kick.
Sierra Leone finally rallies a goal in the 77th minute after Augustus Kargbo dribbles his marker from the left wing to score a carpeted shot into the left-hand corner.
The home team completed their comeback through Musa Noah Kamara, who drew parity for the Leone Stars in the 88th-minute.
Sierra Leone coach John Keister made three changes to his side that lost in Nigeria on Thursday.
The draw means Guinea-Bissau are now on four points and occupies second place. Nigeria, who thrashed Sao Tome 10-0 in Morocco Stade d Agadir top Group A.
Guinea-Bissau will be guests to the Super Eagles for their third group game in September this year. Sierra Leone will go up against Sao Tome at home and away.
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