Ghana vs. Tunisia – Up the final fixture of round of 16 ended in penalties which went the way of the North Africans.
It was a goalless first half but with barely 20 minutes to end, the Tunisians took the lead but an own goal brought Ghana into it. 73’ – Khenissi gives Tunisia the lead 90’ extra time – Bedoui equalizes at the wrong end The game went to penalty kicks. The third to travel 120 minutes. The first was Benin’s victory over Morocco and Madagascar’s triumph over DRC.
The Atlas Lions will now face the Barea of Madagascar in the quarterfinal clash.
Ghana vs. Tunisia Ghana topped their group thanks to a final group F victory against Guinea-Bissau. They had drawn their first two games 2 – 2 against Benin and goalless against Cameroon.
Tunisia placed second in Group E after three drawn games with Mali, Mauritania, and Angola.
They were the only north African country that failed to win a match in the group games. Egypt, Morocco , nd Algeria won all their group fixtures without conceding in the process. Egypt has since been kicked out by South Africa and Morocco by Benin. The Tunisians will look to being the second North African side after Algeria qualifies on Sunday evening with a 3 – 0 victory over Guinea.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast beats Mali to set up Algeria date A Wilfred Zaha strike on the 76th minute was all the Elephants of Ivory Coast needed to book their place in the quarterfinals of the AFCON.
They eliminated Mali by the result. They will now face Algeria who qualified for the last eight on Sunday after beating Guinea by three goals to nil. Mali had overturned a first-half possession dominant but failed to convert their chances. The first half saw an even amount of exchanges by way of possession. 51% to the Ivorians as against 49% for the Malians.
But Ivory Coast are through. Tournament record wise: Mali topped their group with seven points (two wins and a draw) with a total of six goals.
The Ivorians lost a game and won two scoring five goals en route.
Final day for quarter-final hunt Mali and Ivory Coast will play in an all West Africa fixture in Suez, whiles Ghana take on Tunisia in Ismailia.
Winners of the Suez fixture will book a quarter-final clash with Algeria whiles winner in Ismailia faces Madagascar in the next game.
Mali vs. Ivory Coast-Mali is yet to record a loss having won two and drawn one in the group stages.
Wins over Mauritania and Angola and a draw with Tunisia. On the other hand, Ivory Coast qualified to this stage winning two (Namibia, South Africa) and losing to Algeria. It’s a battle of the first place finisher (Mali) and second-place finisher (Ivory Coast). Mali will be chasing their first AFCON trophy with Ivory Coast chasing their third.
All West Africa quarterfinal clash
From Dakar down to Cotonou, all is set for the first quarterfinal fixture at the AFCON. It’s Senegal vs. Benin.
The two ECOWAS members will however put aside their regional ties and neighbourliness for “hostilities” on the field as they chase a semi-final place. For the Senegalese, it will be chasing a first AFCON title whiles for Benin, it will be more of chasing more history. Being in the quarterfinal is a historic feat as the furthest they have gone in the tournament is the Group Stages. Beating Morocco on July 5 is one of the biggest victories they have secured. It is also one of the upsets of the current tournament coming perhaps after the feat Madagascar chalked over Nigeria. Senegal on the other hand have put behind them a loss to Algeria which sandwiched wins against Kenya and Tanzania before eliminating Uganda. They have beaten three East African teams by a goal (Uganda), two goals (Kenya) and three goals (Tanzania).
Senegal vs. Benin in Cairo July 10 Nigeria vs. South Africa in Cairo July 10
Algeria vs. Ivory Coast in Suez July 11 Madagascar vs. Tunisia in Cairo July 11