Egypt knocks Ivory Coast out of the AFCON 2021 tournament after a dramatic penalty shootout!
The nervy encounter went to penalties to decide the team that would play in the quarter-finals.
The final day of the African Cup of Nations’ last-16 stage and we may well have saved the best for (almost) last as two of the continent’s heavyweights met for a place in the quarter-finals.
Egypt are the most successful team in the competition’s history and, led by Liverpool star Mo Salah, are looking to win the tournament for the eighth time.
However, they were beaten by Nigeria in their opening group game, which is why they ended up finishing second behind the Super Eagles despite victories in their final two matches, setting up this afternoon’s intriguing clash.
Ivory Coast were also drawn in what looked a tricky group but the abysmal performance of defending champions Algeria made passage as group winners much smoother as Patrice Beaumelle’s side finished top on seven points.
It was quite a cagey opening 45 minutes. Egypt went closest, with Omar Marmoush’s long-range effort rattling the crossbar.
There were big chances to break the deadlock in the second half but neither team converted the opportunities. As such, the game went to extra time and then penalties.
Eric Bailly missed the crucial penalty for Ivory Coast while Liverpool star, Salah, scored for the Pharaohs.
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