A pulsating quarter finals awaits in Stade de la Paix on Saturday when Mali face Ivory Coast. Mali triumphed 2-1 over Burkina Faso on Tuesday, earning the right to advance to the AFCONS quarterfinals.
Likewise, the tournament’s host, Ivory Coast progressed after defeating the reigning champion on penalties. After this victory, the host has reignited the support of their home fans that they can go all the way in the tournament.
About the game
A jubilant roar echoed across the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on Tuesday evening as Mali soared into the AFCON quarterfinals for the first time since 2013. The match saw an early lead with an own goal by Edmond Tapsoba in the 3rd minute. Lassine Sinayoko extended the lead to 2-0 three minutes into the second half. Although Burkina Faso pulled a goal back with Bertrand Traore’s penalty in the 57th minute, it wasn’t sufficient to push the match into extra time.
Meanwhile, a rejuvenated Ivory Coast eliminated the defending champion, Senegal to reach the last eight. The clash between Ivory Coast and Senegal showcased football at its finest, with both teams putting on a display of skill, determination, and unwavering spirit. The encounter remained deadlocked in regular time, as neither side could gain a decisive advantage.
Habibou Diallo’s opens the score for Senegal but a late penalty call was made by VAR when Mendy took out Pepe. The penalty was converted by Franck Kessie which force the match to extra time. Nothing separates them in the extra period before the Elephant’s hero and Captain step up again to convert the decisive penalty for Ivory Coast, which is the final dagger in the hearts of Senegal.
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The journey ahead remains grueling, with quarterfinal and potentially semifinal battles looming. But for now, both nations bask in the glory of reaching the last eight.
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