Ivory Coast eliminate reigning champions Senegal from AFCON

Ivory Coast eliminate reigning champions Senegal from AFCON
Ivory Coast eliminate reigning champions Senegal from AFCON

 

 

Hosts Ivory Coast eliminated reigning champions Senegal in a penalty shootout to book their place in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals following a 1-1 draw after extra time in Yamoussoukro.

Franck Kessie, who had scored from the spot four minutes from the end of normal time, converted the winning penalty to seal an extraordinary victory for the hosts, who redeemed themselves after a humiliating group-stage display which culminated in two defeats. Senegal had made a dream start when Habib Diallo struck in the fourth minute from a Sadio Mane cross.

 

The Elephants’ quarter-final on Saturday will pit them against Mali or Burkina Faso, who play their last-16 tie in Korhogo today.

Cape Verde won an Africa Cup of Nations knockout tie for the first time in their history on Monday as a late Ryan Mendes penalty gave them a 1-0 victory over Mauritania in the last 16.

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