AFCON: Algeria beat Ivory Coast on penalties to achieve the semis

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AFCON: Algeria beat Ivory Coast on penalties to reach the semis

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Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final – Suez Stadium – Ivory Coast 1 (J. Kodjia 62′) Algeria 1 (S. Feghouli 20′) Algeria win 4-Three on penalties

Video – Algeria beat Ivory Coast on penalties

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The match in the end went the gap, and after 5 good penalties, Wilfried Bony noticed his penalty saved, and although Youcef Belaili may solely hit the publish with Algeria’s fifth penalty, Serey Die did likewise to ship the Ivory Coast packing.

It was the Ivorians who began the brighter of the 2 groups, with Max Gradel rattling the publish from distance and Kodjia failing to use the end from shut vary after very good work from Wilfried Zaha on the appropriate.

Algeria had already proven a menace, with Riyad Mahrez dragging a good effort extensive earlier than they took the lead. Bagayoko rashly challenged Bounedjah and the free ball fell to Bensebaini, who squared it to Feghouli to complete splendidly.

The primary 5 minutes of the second half noticed loads of drama. Firstly, Algeria missed a golden alternative to double their lead, with Bounedjah lacking a penalty he took after being cleaned out by Sylvain Gbohouo.

Seconds later, Kodjia’s tried move throughout the Algerian field took a nick off Aissa Mandi and hit the bar. Finally, Bounedjah’s penalty miss proved pricey, with Kodjia gathering a ball from Zaha brilliantly, skipping previous his maker and driving the ball into the underside nook.

That was sufficient to power additional time, which did not separate the 2 groups. Within the shoot-out, Raiss M’Bolhi saved Wilfried Bony’s effort and though Youcef Belaili hit the publish, a subsequent miss from Serey Die despatched the Algerians by.

TALKING POINT

Can Algeria lower out the histrionics?

A operating theme of this match was Algeria shedding their cool. Bensebaini made farcical makes an attempt to get Zaha despatched off within the first half, together with an unbelievable second the place he grabbed the Crystal Palace ahead’s arm and hit himself within the face, Ounass proved himself to be very joyful to go down underneath no contact to win penalties and Bounedjah fully was visibly distraught after he missed his penalty. If they’re to win the title, they may want the mentality of champions.

MAN OF THE MATCH –

Raiss M’Bolhi (Algeria) – He could have had some nervy moments however you can not deny that the Algerian goalkeeper was key to his aspect’s development at present as he made some key saves in regular play earlier than denying Bony from the spot within the shoot-out.

PLAYER RATINGS

Ivory Coast: Gbohouo 4, Bagayoko 6, Traore 5, Kanon 5, Coulibaly 6, Sangare 5, Kessie 6, Die 6, Zaha 7, Kodjia 7, Gradel 7 Subs: Gbamin 6, Comara 6, Bony 5, Cornet N/A

Algeria: M’Bolhi 7, Atal 6, Mandi 6, Benlamri 7, Bensebaini 6, Feghouli 7, Bennacer 6, Mahrez 7, Guedioura 6, Belaili 6, Bounedjah 4 Subs: Zeffane 6, Slimani 6, Ounas 6, Delort N/A

KEY MOMENTS

6′ So shut! – Gradel shifts the ball on to his proper foot and takes intention. It seems like his effort goes to offer his aspect an early lead however M’Bolhi simply will get finger tricks to it and suggestions it on to the publish. The rebound got here at Kodjia too shortly for the Aston Villa man to react.

20′ GOAL! – Algeria take the lead. Bensebaini takes benefit of a free ball after Bagayoko’s botched problem on Bounedjah, advances into the field and squares it to Feghouli, who finishes with aplomb!

48′ MISS! – Bounedjah takes the penalty himself and his shot goes over off the highest of the bar! He seems distraught and Ivory Coast may have the wind of their sails now.

62′ GOAL!! – Ivory Coast are again on stage phrases! Kodjia takes down a excessive ball, rides a problem from Benlamri and blasts a left-footed shot previous M’Bolhi and into the underside nook. Sport on!

Penalties: Serey Die for Ivory Coast… OFF THE POST! Algeria undergo!

KEY STAT

That is solely the second time Algeria have reached the semi-finals on the Africa Cup of Nations since they gained the title on house soil in 1990.



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