Some of the continent's less-heralded sides have made the most of the Africa Cup of Nations' expanded format.
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Achraf Bencharki missed a second-half penalty as Morocco were held 0-0 by Sudan in their final group game at the African Nations Championship.
Sudan beat Mauritania 1-0 in their second CHAN match to eliminate both the Mourabitounes and Guinea, who were defeated by Morocco earlier in the day.
Dominant Morocco turned on the class in the second half to break Mauritania's bold resolve and begin their CHAN campaign with a 4-0 win.
Cameroon qualified for the 2017 African Nations Cup with a 1-0 win over Mauritania on Friday.
Nigeria will not be competing at the 2017 African Nations Cup after losing 1-0 to Egypt on Tuesday.
Nigeria advanced to the third round of African qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 win over Swaziland on Tuesday.
African giants Senegal and Ghana were both held to draws away from home as their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns got off to a shaky start.
Since 2011, the Mauritania national team has climbed a remarkable 117 places in the FIFA rankings. Firdose Moonda tells us how.
South Sudan's first World Cup qualifying campaign ended early following a 4-0 defeat at Mauritania on Tuesday.
South Sudan earned a draw in their World Cup qualifying debut, holding Mauritania 1-1 on Thursday, a day after the game was abandoned because of rain.
Ghana eased to victory over Mauritius in their opening 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier, while Cameroon left it late to beat Mauritania.
Marouane Fellaini scored twice as Belgium produced a scintillating attacking display to win 4-3, while Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Sao Paulo.
Stefan de Vrij's header opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and Davy Klaassen doubled the advantage in the 16th.
Shinji Okazaki and Keisuke Honda scored second-half goals as Japan beat Tunisia 2-0 on Friday in their first game under new coach Vahid Halilhodzic.