Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:45 - Updated Thu, 11 Jul 2019 08:44
AFCON 2019 quarter-finals: Madagascar vs. Tunisia, Algeria vs. I. Coast [Previews]
After twelve days of group stage action and two days of rest, the journey to African Cup of Nations, AFCON, glory resumes today in the land of the pyramids, Egypt.
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The group stages coughed up lots of incidents from the goals, the misses, the blunders and the tactics. Not to forget the fans in the stands, the permutations as to who qualifies for the knockout not forgetting the empty stadia.
But with the group stage over, eight out of the 24 teams were eliminated whiles sixteen teams will in the next four days be whittled down to eight for the quarter finals.
- Senegal vs. Benin – Senegal win 1 – 0
- Nigeria vs. South Africa – Nigeria win 2 – 1
- Algeria vs. Ivory Coast: winner faces Nigeria in semis
- Madagascar vs. Tunisia: winner faces Senegal in semis
Algeria vs. Ivory Coast
Algeria who have won all their four matches and are yet to concede a goal at the tournament are favourites to go all the way to the final, but they have to overcome Ivory Coast in the July 11 quarter-final in Suez.
Algeria beat Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania in the group stages before demolishing Guinea in Sunday’s last-16 match (3-0).
“Algeria have shown that they are good at all levels. They are very powerful. They are the best team at the moment,” said Guinea’s losing coach Paul Put.
Ivory Coast, who lost to Morocco in the group stages have won matches against Namibia, South Africa to reach this stage.
Head to Head record
- Ivory Coast 3-0 Algeria, group stage in 1968
- Ivory Coast 1-1 Algeria, group stage in 1988
- Algeria 3-0 Ivory Coast, group stage in 1990
- Ivory Coast 3-0 Algeria, group stage in 1992
- Ivory Coast 2-3 Algeria, quarter-final in 2010
- Algeria 2-2 Ivory Coast, group stage in 2013
- Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria, quarter-final in 2015
Madagascar vs. Tunisia
Tournament debutants Madagascar, who have been impressive in the tournament take on Tunisia, who are also yet to win or lose a match, in the quarter-final on July 11 at the Al Salam Stadium.
Madagascar, who shocked fans with a 2-0 group stage victory over Nigeria, will be hoping to continue the fairytale story that saw them qualify for Africa’s biggest football tournament for the first time.
This will be the first time the two teams meet at Africa’s biggest football tournament.
Quarterfinal 2: Super Eagles vs. Bafana Bafana
A semi-final spot is guaranteed for Nigeria’s Super Eagles after beating South Africa in the second quarter-final of AFCON 2019. Nigeria took the lead in the game but were pegged back.
A late goal at the Cairo International Stadium meant that the match was not going into extra-time..
27’ – Chukwuez strike
70’ – Bongani equalize with VAR validation
89’ – Ekong strikes, Nigeria holds on for qualification
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