Ivory Coast vs Algeria: Desert Foxes down the Elephants in post-match penalties to qualify for AFCON semis

Ivory Coast vs Algeria: Desert Foxes down the Elephants in post-match penalties to qualify for AFCON semis

Fred Kennedy
July 11, 2019 at 8:07 PM

- Ivory Coast vs Algeria 2019 AFCON quarter-final clash finished 1-1 after regulation time

- Sofiane Feghouli scored Algeria's opener in the first-half, with Jonathan Kodjia equalising Ivory Coast in the second half

- Desert Foxes, however, beat their opponents 4-3 in post-match penalties to qualify for AFCON semis

- They will now battle Nigeria for a chance to reach the the final of the 32nd edition of the biennial tournament

Algeria have sealed a place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals after stunning Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties in a thrilling quarter final clash played at Suez Stadium on Thursday, July 11.

Both Serey Die and Wilfried Bony missed their spot-kicks for Ivory Coast, with Youcef Belaili having his hit the post for Algeria.

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The two sides settled for a 1-1 draw after regulation time, Sofiane Feghouli scoring Algeria's opener in the 20th minute before Jonathan Kodjia equalising Ivory Coast in the second half.

The Desert Foxes, who had not conceded a single goal in the run-up to this clash, would have themselves to blame for failing to bury the match in the 49th minute after Baghdad Bounedjah fired his shot off the crossbar from the penalty spot.

Ivory Coast had the earliest chance to take the lead in the 5th minute of the match, but Max Gradel's brilliantly curled effort from just outside the box tipped onto the post by Rais M'Bolhi.

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Algeria went on to utilise their glorious opportunity 15 minutes later, with Sofiane Feghouli breaking the deadlock with a fine finish after benefiting from Ramy Bensebaini's cross.

The two sides headed into the break, with Algeria nearly doubling the lead minutes before half-time through Riyad Mahrez who saw his powerful shot blocked.

The second-half yet again presented plentiful of goalscoring chances, with Jonathan Kodjia's cross-shot from a tight angle taking a deflection off Aissa Mandi before rattling the crossbar minutes after Algeria's missed penalty.

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Undaunted, the Elephants kept pushing for the equaliser that finally came in the 62nd minute through Jonathan Kodjia who blasted a shot past keeper Rais M'Bolhi, with Zaha claiming the assist.

The dying minutes of regulation time witnessed a flicker of drama, with Algeria's appeal for a penalty after Adam Ounas went down in the box brushed off by the referee as the match finished 1-1.

And with neither side getting the winner after extra time, the clash had to be decided in the shootouts as Algeria emerged victors to book a date with Nigeria in the semis.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.
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