Monday, January 29
•Cape Verde 1-0 Mauritania
•Ivory Coast (5)1-1(4) Senegal
Tuesday, January 30
•Mali Vs Burkina Faso – 8pm
•Morocco Vs South Africa – 11pm
In a jaw-dropping upset at the 2023 AFCON, hosts Ivory Coast secured a quarter-final spot by defeating defending champions Senegal 5-4 on penalties after an intense encounter that went into extra time in Yamoussoukro.
Senegal’s explosive start saw them take an early lead as Sadio Mane’s pinpoint cross found Habib Diallo, who clinically chested the ball before unleashing a spectacular strike into the top corner just four minutes in.
The game’s turning point arrived in the 86th minute when Nicolas Pepe was brought down in the box by Edouard Mendy.
After VAR confirmation, Frank Kessie calmly converted the penalty, sending the home crowd into raptures.
Extra time failed to break the deadlock, leading to a nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
Both teams converted their first four penalties, but when Moussa Niakhate’s effort hit the post, Kessie stepped up to seal the win.
After a challenging group stage, Ivory Coast’s resilience prevailed, dethroning Senegal in a stunning redemption.
The Elephants now advance with hopes soaring, while the AFCON landscape shifts dramatically.
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