Tough match, and a dramatic ending for the defending champions Senegal
Tournament hosts Cote d’Ivoire pulled off a major shock by knocking out defending champions Senegal 5-4 on penalties to advance to the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after a dramatic last 16 clash ended 1-1.
Teranga Lions kept their hopes alive of retaining the title when they took an early lead through Habib Diallo’s 4th minute strike from Sadio Mane’s cross.
But the Elephants refused to surrender in front of their passionate home fans in Yamoussoukro on Monday night.
Cote d’Ivoire finally equalized from the penalty spot in the 86th minute when Franck Kessie coolly converted after a foul was committed in the Senegal box.
With the scores still level after extra time, the tie went to a shootout.
Few gave the Elephants hope coming into this last 16 clash against star-studded Senegal.
But led by captain Serge Aurier, the spirited hosts fought until the end and rode their luck at times against profligate opponents.
This result blows the tournament wide open. The defending champions are out, and the unfancied hosts march on in dramatic style.
● Côte d’Ivoire have played their 11th penalty shoot-out in the Africa Cup of Nations, more than any other team in the competition. They have won five of these 11 shoot-outs, with only Egypt having a higher tally (6).
● Côte d’Ivoire have reached the quarter-finals of an Africa Cup of Nations edition for the 11th time in their history, with no team having played more quarter-finals in the competition (Ghana, Tunisia and Nigeria also at 11 each).
● Senegal will not be playing in the quarter-finals of an Africa Cup of Nations edition for the first time since 2015 (eliminated in the group stage). This is the seventh consecutive edition in which the title holder have failed to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, the last team to reach this stage of the competition being Egypt in 2010.
● Habib Diallo’s goal after 4 minutes was the earliest Côte d’Ivoire had conceded in an Africa Cup of Nations game since Rashidi Yekini’s goal against Nigeria in 1990 (third minute). It was also the earliest goal conceded by a host nation in an AFCON match since the one conceded by Ethiopia against DR Congo in the 1968 semi-final (third minute).
● Scoring after 3 minutes and 15 seconds, Habib Diallo has scored Senegal’s earliest goal in a knockout game at the Africa Cup of Nations.
● Franck Kessié is the first Côte d’Ivoire player to score a penalty goal in the Africa Cup of Nations since Didier Drogba in 2006 against Morocco, and the first to do so in a knockout game since Lucien Kassi-Kouadio, also against Morocco in the match for the third place in the 1986 edition.
● Sadio Mané has delivered his third assist in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, the highest tally for a player from Senegal at a single edition since Opta collects this data (2010). Since his debut in the competition in 2015, he has been involved in seven goals in the knockout phase (3 goals, 4 assists), more than any other player over that period.
● Côte d’Ivoire midfielder Jean Michaël Seri has completed 95.5% of his passes against Senegal (63/66). Of the players who have attempted at least 60 passes in a game since 2010, only Anicet Abel, with Madagascar against Tunisia in the quarter-finals of the 2019 edition, has had a higher percentage in an Africa Cup of Nations knockout game (96.9%).
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