Fans love it after Adama Traore replaces Adama Traore and both find the net for Mali in AFCON clash

There’s only two Adama Traores: Fans love it after Adama Traore replaces Adama Traore during Mali’s Africa Cup of Nations win over Mauritania… and they both get on the score sheet!

  • Mali recorded an easy victory in their AFCON Group E opener against Mauritania
  • But the 4-1 win was remembered for the double show by two Adama Traores
  • Adama Traore of Monaco scored Mali’s third goal with a clever run and finish
  • He was then subbed and replaced by Adama Traore, who found the net himself 
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Mali took the cliche of a ‘like for like’ substitution to a whole new level on Monday night after two Adama Traore’s found the net after replacing each other from the bench.

The Eagles cruised to victory in their AFCON opener at the Suez Stadium, smashing lowly Mauritania 4-1 in Group E.

Abdoulay Diaby opened the scoring with a powerful strike from distance before Porto’s Moussa Marega doubled Mali’s advantage from the spot.

Adama Traore of Monaco scored Mali's third goal before being subbed off for Adama Traore

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Adama Traore of Monaco scored Mali’s third goal before being subbed off for Adama Traore

Adama Traore of Metz then also got on the scoresheet to complete a 4-1 win over Mauritania

Adama Traore of Metz then also got on the scoresheet to complete a 4-1 win over Mauritania

Adama Traore of Metz then also got on the scoresheet to complete a 4-1 win over Mauritania

But fans were delighted when Adama Traore of Monaco found the net for their third goal, weaving past several defenders before rifling a shot into the corner.

He was then replaced five minutes later by none other than Adama Traore – who plays for French side Metz – who duly found the net himself with 11 minutes to play. 

The midfielder fired an outstanding whipped left-footed strike from the edge of the box into the back of the net to round off a comfortable night’s work.

Ironically, both players were born just 23 days apart, with Monaco’s Traore set to turn 24 – the same age as his compatriot Traore of Metz – on Friday. 

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The Traore double act certainly caught the eye, with fans taking to social media to highlight the anomaly. Even Africa’s football federation, CAF, didn’t let the moment pass without comment.  

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‘#TotalAFCON2019 is the only tournament in the world where Adama Traore scores, comes off, another Adama Traore comes on and scores,’ CAF tweeted.

Another fan questioned whether Adama Traore was the most common name in the world, and the Monaco and Metz men are certainly not the only professional Adama Traore’s in the game. 

These include Ivory Coast defender Adama Traore, 29, who plays in Turkey for Goztepe, as well as Spanish winger Adama Traore, 23, who is more familiar to Premier League fans as he plays for Nuno Santo’s Wolves.

Mali’s Adama Traores will be back in action on Friday against Tunisia.  

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