AFCON 2022: Salah's decisive penalty helps Egypt beat Ivory Coast and reach quarterfinals

Egypt, the record seven-time champions, go on to play Morocco in the last eight in Yaounde on Sunday while Equatorial Guinea will face Senegal the next day.

Mohamed Salah in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@LFC
By Sreejith C R | Jan 27, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Mohamed Salah scored the decisive penalty kick that helped Egypt get past Ivory Coast at Douala Stadium on Wednesday and enter the quarterfinals of Africa Cup of Nations. Manchester United defender Eric Bailly provided the only miss of the shoot-out that paved the way for Salah to score the winner from the spot after the game ended goalless at the end of 120 minutes of play. Egypt, the record seven-time champions, go on to play Morocco in the last eight in Yaounde on Sunday.

Egypt hasn’t had a great tournament so far, having scored just twice in four matches in Cameroon. But Carlos Queiroz’s team were the first to threaten when striker Omar Marmoush rattled the bar with a curling 17th minute strike and Ivory coast Keeper Badra Sangare had to tip over Salah’s dipping effort.

In response, Ibrahim Sangare tested ElShenawy with a 39th minute acrobatic effort before the keeper repelled Sebastian Haller’s long-range attempt in stoppage time.

After the break, Egypt’s Amr El Soleya fired wastefully over from Salah’s assist and Mohamed Elneny saw his deflected cross scrambled away by Badra Sangare. It was an end-to-end affair as El Shenawy had to tip over Haller’s 70th-minute header after Bailly had turned the ball back across goal.

After both side failed to break the deadlock in 90 minutes, the match went to extra time, where Egypts Mohamed Sherif was left bloodied after heading just over within three minutes of his arrival, and Badra parried Zizo’s raking 98th-minute strike.

Gabaski, who had replaced the injured El Shenawy with two minutes of normal time left, had to claw Ibrahim Sangare’s 104th minute effort out of the top corner and the match went to penalties where Egypt came out on top.

Equatorial Guinea edge past Mali

Goalkeeper Jesus Owono was Equatorial Guinea’s hero as they stunned Mali in a penalty shootout to join Egypt in the quarterfinals. Owono saved twice in the shootout to help his side go through 6-5 after a goalless draw. Equatorial Guinea will play Senegal next.

Mali, who are 61 places above their opponents created the better chances in the game but were frustrated by a resolute Equatorial Guinea defense. The first half saw Mali’s Amadou Haidara have the best chance, but the RB Leipzig star scuffed a weak shot from close range.

Five minutes before the break, Eagles were awarded a penalty when Moussa Doumbia clashed with Equatorial Guinea’s Josete Miranda. But referee Bakary Gassama reversed his decision after VAR intervention.  

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