Algeria beat Ivory Coast on penalties to reach Afcon semis

Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha

By the way, the richest man in Africa businessman Aliko Dangote, whose fortune is estimated at 10.2 billion dollars, promised to pay players of the national team of Nigeria for each goal in the match of ½ finals 50 thousand euros.

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

The football confrontation is holding during the tournament Africa Cup of Nations in global.

After a goalless period of extra-time in which Zaha was replaced by Maxwel Cornet, Algeria won 4-3 in the penalty shoot-out. Adrien did well to deny Khazri's initial effort, but having failed to keep hold of the ball was rooted to the spot as Youssef Msakni converted on the rebound. None of the players are injured for Algeria and Riyadh Mahrez, Youcef Belaili and Ismael Bennacer are the key players of the team.

They are the third team to win their four first games in an Africa Cup of Nations campaign without conceding any goal, after Cameroon in 2002 and Ivory Coast in 2012.

Straight after, Ivory Coast captain Serey Die had to score to send the shootout to sudden death, and he cannoned his penalty off the same post.

Barely a minute minute after the break as the Desert Foxes' striker Baghdad Bounedjah was tripped inside the box going clear on goal by goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo and earned a penalty. 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.

Die fell back flat on his back and put his hands over his face after his miss as the Algerians sprinted to the end of the field to celebrate with Mbolhi.

Ivory Coast has finally found their rhythm, and it was because of bringing Wilfried Zaha to the starting XI.

Bounedjah was substituted in the second half and spent the rest of the game in tears on the bench, fearing his miss had cost Algeria a place in the last four.

Algeria are seeking their second Afcon crown, with the first triumph coming 29 years ago.



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