Algeria secure spot kick win to set up Super Eagles semi-final
It's widely agreed by observers of the game that a tournament exit on penalty kicks is a cruel way to be eliminated from any competition. The pain is even more acute when a team exits undeservedly and Ivory Coast will point to a strong second half performance and domination of an extra time period with both sides tied at 1-1 in Suez.
Despite the 30 plus temperature in the Egyptian city both teams served up a fine game with Algeria dominating possession and Ivory Coast looking dangerous on the counter with Max Gradel particularly sharp for Les Elephants.
Former Valencia man Feghouli opened the scoring after 20 minutes with Les Fenics good value for their half time lead.
Two time CAN winners Ivory Coast were back in the tie with a delightful move which culminated in Aston Villa's Kodija slotting home to level things on the night. A further 30 minutes of muscle draining extra time failed to separate the sides and it was Serey Die who ultimately missed the final spot kick to see Algeria through.
The Desert Foxes now face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Sunday's second semi final in Cairo with a 2100 CEST start.
The final quarter final of CAN 2019 is about to get underway in Cairo with surprise package Madagascar facing Tunisia. Join Robbie who will bring you that game live.
What a game and what a cruel way to be eliminated from the competition. Congratulations to Les Fennecs of Algeria and comisarations to Les Elephants.
Next up for Les Elephants... it's Serey Dié and he misses ... Algeria go through ...what drama in Suez... Tears for Les Elephants and Algeria now face the Super Eagles on Sunday
To win it for Algeria ... it's Belaili.... and he misses.... a major blow for Les Fennecs. CIV 3-4 ALG
Pressure now on Ivorian Gradel ...needs to score .... and he does: CIV 3-4 ALG
Advantage Algeria with Ouna the next shooter.... scores CIV 2-4 ALG
Next up for the Ivorian side is ... Bony... The striker misses ... a poor strike CIV 2-3 ALG
Algeria's next taker is Delort and he scores.... CIV 2- ALG 3
Ivory Coast next taker is Cornet ....and he scores.... 2-2
Next up for Les Fennecs is .... Slimani .... and he scores.... nicely tucked away CIV 1-2 ALG
Now Ivory Coast... Kessie to take and scores... 1-1
Algeria to go first ...Bensebaini to take ...The Rennes man scores despite a good effort from the keeper
Big responsibility for the keepers too...who will be the hero .... Ivory Coast's Gbohouo or Algerian veteran stopper M'Bolh...
Tired legs getting treatment as both sides select their nominated penalty takers. Huge responsibility for the selected men.
All over in Suez. Spot kicks it will be ....
The free kick is possibly the last action of the night (in extra time). Guedioura and Delort over the ball. Delort it is and the ball drifts inches wide.
Delort on Feghouli off
Comara carded for the foul
Very dangerous free for Algeria as Ounas is upended
Final minute... Ounas breaks but the Napoli player sees the ball robbed and whacked away by a defender in orange.
Whistles from the Algerian fans as Ivory Coast strike the ball about in a composed manner. Penalty kicks it appears to be....
Ivory Coast create another chance but watch as their header drifts over the bar.
5' left here in Suez. Do we have a winner? To be fair both sides have produced a compelling contest and neither deserve to lose ....
Algeria go close as Gbohouo reacts quicly to save well from Slimani.
The five penalty takers will surely be going through the minds of both managers
Both teams terrified of making a mistake one can sense
Algeria now in a sustained spell of possession but no penatration from the men in green.
The pattern of the game has changed now with Ivory Coast enjoying the bulk of possession and Algeria looking to counter.
Cornet does well firing a dangerous ball across the Algeria goal mouth and the men in green scramnle the ball away.
Off we go... The final 15' is underway in Suez.
Plenty of tired legs on the pitch as player from both sides get a rub down from the physios. 15' left to decide the tie. Nigeria watch on anxiously.
The whistle sound in Suez bringing the first period of extra time to an end.
Total confusion in the Algeria box as the ball bounces around just needing a man in an orange shirt to prod it home. Algeria suffering now !
Algeria almost find Slimani but the Leicester City failed to get purchase on the (overhit) ball. Ivory Coast the better side now.
Bony on for Kodjia
- 29% 70%
- 45% 54%
- 34% 65%
- 36% 63%
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- 83% 16%
- 40% 59%
- 62% 38%
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- 55% 44%
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- 57% 42%
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Possession stats as we hit the 100' mark
Cornet makes an immediate impression almost firing his side ahead but a massive stop from Algeria keep Les Fennecs alive as Gradel almost chips the Elephants ahead. The Ivorian side on top here in suez at present.
A lull in the game now with the players visibly tired here in the Suez surface.
Bony getting ready to make an appearance for Kamara's side.
Not a great night for the Crystal Palace man who started brightly but drifted out of the action as the game progressed.
Cornet on for Zaha (Ivory Coast)
This is a very tough game to call. Algeria have been in charge possession wise bit Ivory Coast do look dangerous on the break with pacy players. How much will Bounedjah rue that penalkty miss?
Ivory Coast to make a change as the Elephants get the action underway
That's the final whistle in Suez. 30' of extra time to try and separate Algeria and Ivory Coast. Things very finely balanced in the third quarter final and the first to go to extra time
Gradel whips in a free kick but Algeria manager to clear their lines....Extra time beckoning.
6 players on the pitch currently on a yellow card.
Ounas looking bright since coming on with the Napoli player apparently on the radar of LaLiga side Sevilla FC.
Both sides now seem to accept the fate of an added half an hour of football
5' of time to be added here in Suez
Ounas into the area and fails to deliver a cross on the right foot being happier to look for a penalty. Good call from the Ethiopian official.
Algeria the more positive looking of the teams as we head towards the 90' mark.
5' left here in Suez. Is there a late winner in store as we saw last night as Nigeria snatched a winner over Bafana Bafana to secure a smei final berth.
Mahrez being swapped for Algeria. Ounas his replacement.
Algeria through and Gbohouo rushes off his line to clear. The Mazembe stopper seems to be in trouble after a collision with Mahrez. Play held up once again.
Guedioura tries a long range effort... the Ivorian keeper spills the ball but gathers second time.
Game still held up as the player seems okay to continue. Tiredness taking a toll now as the pace drops slightly...understandable given the 30 plus temperature
Bagayoko needing treatment after being caught on the calf by an Algerian defender.
Algeria enjoying the better of possession but Ivory Coast looking dangerous on the break with Kodija revived after bagging the eqialiser.
Time running out for both sides as another 30' of extra time beckons
Slimani on for Algeria with the Leicester player coming on for Bounedjah
Zaha through and latches on to a telegraphed pass and the Crystal Palace completely mis-cues his shot and send the ball out for a throw
A snapshot at the last five games for both teams. Ivory Coast's slip-up coming against Morocco in the group stage.
Extra time ? Time for either side to snatch a winner...even penalties to decide the tie? The Nigeria squad will be watching anxiously from their Cairo hotel.
Algeria delivering a positive reply to the Ivory Coast goal
The game is finely balanced now now as Algeria go close with the ball clered from the line.
Algeria drive a dangerous free kick which skips across the mouth of the Ivorian goal with Bensebaini the delivery supplier.
Game very much on now in Suez.
Kodija draws Ivory Coast level with a left foot drive from a great counter for Les Elephants. Excellent finish from the striker
Bounedjah heads from an acute angle bit easy for the keeper
The trumpets continue to sound in Suez as we hit the 60' minute mark and it's still Algeria on track for a Sunday semi final with Nigeria in Cairo.
Controlled possession spell from Algeria now as they make the men in orange chase the game.
Comara replaces the injured Kanon (Ivory Coast)
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- 45% 54%
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Time for Kamara to make a change in the Ivory Coast side?
Kanon getting attention to what appears to be a muscular problem for the defender.
Kessie has also had a discreet evening for Les Elephants
Ivory Coast almost reply with a goal as Kodija forces the Algeria stopper to tip over... all action here now in Suez (as was the opening spell of the first half)
The Algeria No. 9 is almost in tears...distraught with his effort.
Fires the spot kick off the crossbar. Ivory Coast are still in the tie
Penalty awarded and Bounedjah to take...
For me .... the striker went looking for the spot kick albeit a clumsly challenge from the Ivorian keeper.
Gbohouo gets a yellow card.
Off we go again in Suez.
The players slowly make their way back to the pitch at the Suez Stadium. 45' separate Algeria from a place in Sunday's semi-final.
Half time perusal... Enjoy the gallery of the fans at CAN 2019, as always the most vibrant aspect of any Africa Cup of Nations are the supporters.
A very bright first 25' or so that tailed off slightly as tiredness kicked in. Algeria dominating but Ivory Coast are by no menas out of the reckoning with Max Gradel looking very bright for Les Elephants.
The whistle sounds in Suez with Algeria one nil ahead at the break.
Gradel again with M'Bolhi forced to save well from the Toulouse man. Without shadow of a doubt the best player in an orange shirt tonight.
We'll have 3' of added time in Suez
What a run from Mahrez as he beats three orange shirts and sees his shot blocked. Great dribble from the Man City player.
Ivory Coast with the group game defeat against Morocco blotting their CAN 2019 copy book.
Algeria's last three games at CAN 2019. Zero goals conceded in Egypt !
Bagayoko latest player to be carded for a trip on Belaili
5' remain in Suez. As it stands, it's Les Fennecs who will face Nigeria in Cairo in sunday's semi-final
Bennacer cared for leading with an elbow
Algeria's coach Djamel Belmad is a bag of nerves on the touchline as he prowls his technical area.
Corner for Ivory Coast but majestically plucked from the air by Algeria keeper M'Bolhi
Continours free-kicks and misplaced passes are the tonic of things at present in suez with the respite of the break certaibly to be welcomed by both teams
The pace and intensity has dropped somewhat which is unsurprising given the elevated temperatiure in suez tonight.
Max Gradel lloking bright tonight for Ivory Coast
The injured Attal replaced by Zeffane (Algeria)
Zaha and Bensebaini carded for their involvement in the pushiung and shoving
Sport of 'handbags' which leaves two men in green on the surface. The ref. now needs to impose himself before tempers fray.
Apart from an early dangerous delivery from Zaha, it's been a quiet sytart for the Crystal Palace man.
Attal seems to have fallen badly and leaves the pitch for attention.
Great burst from Attal into the opposition box and is brushed aside by Kanon. Algeria appeal for a penalty but the official awards a corner.
Jubilation for the Algeria fans
Excellent goal by Algeria with credit to Bensebaini who provided the assist.
Algeria enjoying the better of the possession but Ivory Coast enjoying the better of the scoring chances.
Free for Ivory Coast as Gradel is fouled but the free is wasted. Kanon latches onto a fine Bagayoko cross but pulls his effort wide. Impressive intensity from both sides despite the 32 degree temperature.
Gradel again for Ivory Coast with his right footed effort straight at the algerian keeper.
Mahrez goes close pulling the ball just wide with a nice left footed effort from just inside the box.
..just the solitary win for Algeria (1990).
Ivory Coast have won the Africa Cup of Nations twice (1992 & 2015)
Zaha does well and delivers afine ball into the area where Kodjia was ewaitibg with the striker failing to secure the vital touch on the ball.
Feghouli breaks free but the former Valencia man is hounded out by the orange shirts. A bright start to the action in suez this evening.
Gradel strikes the woordwork with a delightful right footed effort but every credit to Algeria stopper M'Bolhi who touched the ball onto the post.
Many eyes tonight on Nicolas Pepe who starts on the bench tonight (for Ivory Coast) with the Lille player strongly linked with a move to Liverpool
Coach Belmadi looks on anxiously on the Algeria bench with his side enjoying a composed start to the action.
Algeria yet to concede at this CAN 2019 ! Can Zaha and co. strike for Les Elephants this evening.
Ivory Coast start the action...
We're all set in Suez. A place in the CAN 2019 semi-final on the line ....
Algerian fans outnumnering the orange clad Les Elephants supporters by approcimately 2-1 as the national anthems of both nations play.
A blue Suez sky, 32C and once again a poorly populated stadium await both sides. Local Fan ID being scheme cited by many journalists as one of the problems for local fans.
Both teams are in the tunnel...Algeria in all green... Ivory Coast in orange shirts and white shorts tonight.
Plenty of Algeria fans expected tonight in Suez with reports of many fans making the 3.300 km journey by car!
Tonight's Ivory Coast - Algeria will be the last game of CAN 2019 played outside Cairo.
The final quarter final game at CAN 2019 starts at 2100 CEST as outsiders Madagascar face Tunisia in Cairo.
A place for the winner in Sunday's second semi-final at stake tonight as Nigeria await the winner.
- 23 M Bohli
- 2 Mandi
- 4 Djamel Benlamri
- 20 Youcef Attal
- 21 Rami Bensebaini
- 8 Mohamed Youcef Belaïli
- 17 Guedioura
- 22 Bennacer
- 10 Feghouli
- 7 Mahrez
- 9 Baghdad Bounedjah
- 16 Gbohouo
- 6 Ismael Traore
- 2 Wonlo Coulibaly
- 22 Bagayoko
- 5 Kanon
- 8 Kessié Franck
- 18 Ibrahima Sangare
- 20 Die
- 9 Wilfred Zaha
- 15 Max Gradel
- 14 Jonathan Kodjia
Riyad Mahrez has enjoyed a solid Africa Cup of Nations campaign, but Ivory Coast boss Ibrahim Kamara recognises he is not their only threat. Read his pre-match views here.
Napoli's Adam Ounas has been involved in four of Algeria's last six goals in the AFCON (three goals, one assist). He is the joint-top goalscorer of the tournament, alongside Odion Ighalo, Cedric Bakambu and Sadio Mane.
Algeria have reached the quarter-finals of the AFCON for the sixth time in their history, their first since they were eliminated by Ivory Coast in 2015. They are the third team to win their four first games in an AFCON campaign without conceding any goals, after Cameroon in 2002 and Ivory Coast in 2012.
Ivory Coast will wear their classic orange kit this evening.
Tonight's match official is Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
It's yet another stifling evening in the city of Suez with a current temp. of 36C. Far from ideal conditions for the game with cooling breaks set to be used by the match official.
Betting: Algeria are the fancied side tonight for the bookies with a win for Les Fenncs paying out at 2/1 with a win for The Elephants priced at 4/1 (via NetBet)
Les Elephants (Ivory Coast) will play their 10th AFCON quarter-final, only Ghana have played more (11). They have advanced in five of their last six knockout games in the competition (excluding the final).
This will be the eighth game between Algeria and Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations, with the Elephants leading three wins to two (two draws).
Algeria have cruised through the AFCON in emphatic fashion, winning all four of their matches without conceding a single goal, including a convincing 3-0 last-16 triumph over Guinea.
While Ivory Coast represent a greater challenge than Algeria have faced so far, the Fennec Foxes are one of the few remaining favourites following the shock exits of Egypt and Morocco.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 3rd AFCON 2019 quarter-final as Ivory Coast face Algeria in Suez at 1800 CEST.