Ivory Coast vs. Algeria - Football Match Report


When Algeria take on the Ivory Coast in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) quarterfinals in Suez on Thursday, it will be the eighth time the two sides lock horns in the continent's flagship football competition.

Algeria kept pushing for the second goal but the Ivorians are not losing their guard this times they look to equalise the deficit, it was a tough decision for Algerian manager Djamel Belmadi after Youcef Atal signed to the bench for a discomfort after picking up an injury after just 30 minutes played, he was replaced by Mehdi Zeffane.

Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi finger-tipped a Gradel shot on to a post and Kodjia wasted a chance from close range after a cutback in 38 celsius (100 Fahrenheit) heat. The 24 year-old full-back was in the thick of the action throughout the fractious encounter at the New Suez Stadium, first providing the cross for Sofiane Feghouli's opener on 20 minutes.

Algeria have been so far the most exciting team of the Egypt 2019 AFCON, having scored the highest number of goals and are yet to concede as well, while Ivory Coast have been far from convincing in the 32nd edition of the continent's showpiece.

Tunisia ended debutants Madagascar's impressive show at the biannual championship with a 3-0 drubbing. Tunisia were not to be denied twice though and took the lead within five minutes of the decision when Ferjani Sassi's shot took a wicked deflection before nestling in the net.

Wilfried Bony had his penalty saved in the shootout to give Algeria the advantage.

Algeria scrapped through by beating Ivory Coast 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. Wilfred Zaha who failed to make a start in their first two group games has finally been drafted into the starting line-up in Ivory Coast past two games. Ivory Coast almost snatched the lead midway through extra-time in a goal-mouth scramble where Ismael Traore's shot was cleared on the line by Zeffane.

Algeria had another chance to avoid the dreaded penalty shoot-outs, with a free-kick from just outside the box deep in stoppage time and although Andy Delort curled his strike wide.