12 Jul Côte d’Ivoire v Algeria Match Report, 11/07/2019, Africa Cup of Nations
Serey Die’s overlook at the penalty shoot-out price Ivory Coast as Algeria edged in an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Nigeria.
Algeria setup an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Nigeria with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast after a 1-1 draw in Suez.
Sofiane Feghouli’s goal from the run of play started the scoring at the 20th moment, Rais M’bolhi having left a superb ancient save to maintain Ivory Coast at bay.
However, Baghdad Bounedjah’s penalty miss handed Ivory Coast a lifeline early in the second half, together with Jonathan Kodjia’s nice effort restoring parity.
And following extra-time didn’t serve a winner, it was Algeria who came out on shirt at the shoot-out – Wilfried Bony and Serey Die missing their spot-kicks because their side popped out.
Wilfried Kanon slit wide from three yards out for Ivory Coast and his ancient miss proved costly when Feghouli coolly trimmed home in the opposite end.
Things appeared set to get worse for Ivory Coast a second into the second half when Sylvain Gbohouo lunged at on Bounedjah.
However, Ivory Coast’s fortune was in and following Bounedjah’s overhit spot-kick hit the surface of the bar and stayed out, Kodjia drilled a low attack across M’bolhi to haul the Elephants level.
A wonderful block from Mamadou Bagayoko refused Riyad Mahrez until Wilfried Zaha skewed a volley over in the opposite end as additional time beckoned.
Ivory Coast seemed the more inclined to acquire a winner, together with Ismael Traore’s scuffed effort cleared off the line amid a goal-mouth scramble, but Algeria – that went through replacement Andy Delort overdue on – held company.
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Bony’s tame punishment was comfortable for M’bolhi to cope with, although it had been who missed the vital spot-kick, together with his effort hitting the left handed post as Algeria reserved their place in the previous four.
Crucial Opta details:
– Algeria have attained the semi-finals of their Africa Cup of Nations for the first time because 2010. Algeria are unbeaten in their past six Africa Cup of Nations matches (4 wins, two draws), their very best series in the contest since 1988-1990.
– Ivory Coast have dropped five of the past seven penalty shoot-outs from the Africa Cup of Nations.
– The match found the most fouls (58) dedicated and also the many yellow cards awarded (7) from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. It’s also the game where the most shots are tried (36).
– Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodjia were included in Ivory Coast’s past two goals from the Africa Cup of Nations (1 goal, 1 assist each). Zaha has scored or delivered with an aid in each of the past 3 games with all the Elephants (2 goals, 1 assist)