An Ali Badra Sylla goal four minutes into the match saw Mali beat Sierra Leone 1-0 in the semifinals of the 2019 WAFU Cup of Nations at the Stade Lat Dior in Thies, Senegal on Sunday.
It was the perfect start for Mali who opened the scoring after only four minutes when Sylla headed home a right-wing cross from Mamaye Coulibaly, 1-0.
The Eagles should have doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Moussa Kone broke through on goal, but he failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.
Sierra Leone held on for a 1-0 win over Liberia at the WAFU Cup of Nations a day after the game was postponed due to floodlight failure.
The game started on Sunday night, but was temporarily postponed in the 71st minute with the score at 1-0.
Sierra Leone started strong on Sunday night and almost took the lead in the 10th minute when a headed pass from Mahmoud Fofanah found Musa Kamara in space 8 yards out, but his high bicycle kick struck the crossbar.
The Leone Stars continued to push forward...
Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura had his house attacked by angry fans after missing a penalty which saw his country miss out on qualification for the next stage of the 2022 World Cup.
Bangura saw his stoppage time penalty saved by 18-year-old Liberia goalkeeper Ashley Williams, which meant they lost the tie 3-2 on aggregate, having won the match 1-0.
After the match, supporters pelted his house in the country's capital Freetown with stones, while a song has even been released which mocks the miss.