Guinea secured their place in the semi-finals of the African Nations Championship in Cameroon after defeating Rwanda 1-0 in a match which saw both sides finish with ten men at the Limbe Stadium.
The VAR intervened twice during the quarter-final match to ensure that Syli National midfielder Mory Kante and Rwanda goalkeeper Olivier Kwizera were sent off in separate incidents.
Guinea play maker Morlaye Sylla scored from the resultant free-kick in the 60th minute after Kwizera was penalized for his late tackle on advancing striker Yakhouba Barry.
The goal was enough to send Guinea to the last four of the tournament in the Central African country where they will face neighbors Mali on Wednesday.
Guinea suffered a big blow in the15th minute when captain and midfielder Mory Kante was sent off after VAR review after an incident in midfield.
The AS Kaloum player was shown the door for the serious tackle on captain Jacques Tuyisenge that led to the forced substitution of the Rwandan captain because of the resultant injury.
Injuries forced Rwanda to make two early substitutions as Tuyisenge left the pitch to be replaced by Sugira Ernest following the injury.
Martin Twizeyimana took the place of Rashid Kalisa on the half hour mark as he was also forced out of the game because of injury.
Despite the early substitutions, the Amavubi made their numerical advantage count by pinning the Guineans on their side forcing goalkeeper Camara Moussa to come out to make some saves.
The result of the match means Guinea are through to the last four of the tournament designed exclusively for home-based players.
The semi-final will start on Wednesday when Guinea take on Mali at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.
The other last four match will be played on the same day between hosts Cameroon and title holders Morocco at the Limbe Stadium.
The winners of Wednesday’s matches will clash in the final at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Sunday.