Africa Cup: Madagascar sensational in the quarterfinals | Sports | DW

Africa Cup: Madagascar sensational in the quarterfinals | Sports | DW

On penalties, surprise team Madagascar prevailed in the last sixteen of the African Cup against DR Congo. With 4: 2 (2: 2, 2: 2, 1: 1) the Malagasy won the duel from point to point and thus crowned a close game, which had been 2: 2 after 90 and 120 minutes, and in the Congo Had been the better team in the end. Madagascar are the first time ever at an African Cup finals and meets in the quarterfinals now either Ghana or Tunisia.

Early goals, Congo answers

Madagascar opened the scoring in the first half and took the lead early on: Ibrahim Amada took a heart and fired a direct shot from the right into the top left corner (9 minutes). A cold shower for the Congolese, who soon after almost conceded the 0: 2 because Madagascar pushed further forward. But Congo recovered after a few minutes and then came to a surprise to compensate. The Congolese benefited from a ball win on the left side by Ngonda Muzinga. The 24-year-old ran into space, flanking inside, where striker Cedric Bakambu stood by and nodded to make it 1-1 (21 '). After that, the game lost a little bit of speed. Until the break whistle, there were no significant possibilities anymore.

Africa Cup 2019 | Madagascar Vs. DR Congo (picture-alliance / dpa / O. Zoheiry)

Congo's Cedric Bakambu scored to equalize 1-1 after which he missed several chances to win

But it was hot again after the break and again Madagascar was responsible: Congo goalkeeper Ley Matampi could not hold a shot by Jerome Mombris and let the ball bounce forward. Carolus Andriamatsinoro scored from three meters under pressure but left the goal over. The next big opportunity came for Congo: Bakambu circled Madagascar goalkeeper Melvin Adrien, but his shot was too weak and could be stopped by a defender before the goal line. Overall, the second half was weaker than the first. Bakambus Chance should stay for a long time the last.

But then came the next burst of Madagascar: After a soulful flank from the right, attacker Faneva Ima Andriatsima was horizontally in the air and overcame Matampi with a flying head ball (77). Again, the Congolese were under pressure to find an answer, and again they delivered – albeit late: In the 90th minute Chancel Mbemba balanced a header to a corner in the bottom left corner of the goal. Moments earlier, the Congolese were unlucky enough to keep the umpire's pipe silent. Yannick Bolasie was dribbled into the penalty area and placed there by Thomas Fontaine (87 ').

Decision on penalties

In extra time Congo tested Ngonda Muzinga Adrien with a long shot. The ball was deflected and lowered dangerously, but Adrien steered him over the crossbar (93.). After 100 minutes it was Mbemba who tested Adrien with a header and forced another parry. Congo was now on the trigger. In the 108th minute, Adrien, who had held up well until then, undercut almost a momentous mistake. He let the ball slide out of the hands after a cross. Bakambu was ready and wanted to dust off, but Adrien was on the spot in the follow-up. Towards the end, the Congolese clearly noted that they wanted to avoid a penalty shoot-out. They pressed for the Malagasy goal, but managed no further goal.

On penalties Marcel Tisserand of VfL Wolfsburg became a tragic figure: As the first shooter of the Congo he shot the ball with full force over the goal. Since then met all other shooters, Bolasie, the fourth Sagittarius Congo, had to hit. But he repeated the mistake Tisserands and shot just as powerful on the box as the Bundesliga professional. The game was decided.

Algeria continues, Egypt is taking consequences

Egypt Africa Cup - Algeria vs. Egypt. Guinea (picture-alliance / AP Photo / A. Schalit)

Algeria celebrate the quarter-finals

Algeria also secured their place in the next round by beating Guinea 3-0 (1-0). The goals were scored by Mohamed Youcef Belaili (24), Riyad Mahrez (57) and Adam Ounas (82). The victory went well at this altitude, Algeria was the more active team. Belaili scored from a tight angle on 24 minutes with a placed shot just off the post. Guinea defended almost no defense at the gate of Manchester City professional Mahrez. The midfielder had no trouble dribbling the ball into the box, Guinea's goalkeeper Ibrahim Koné responded wrongly in his shot to the center of the goal and jumped to the left. Guinea's back team did not look happy when they scored the third goal, too. An attempt at clarification was not energetic enough, Ounas was able to dust off the penalty spot.

In addition to South Africa, which faces Nigeria in the quarter-finals, outsider Benin surprisingly came into the quarter-finals and is now playing against Senegal. Previously, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) after the knockout stages had dismissed his Mexican national coach Javier Aguirre. Association President Hani Abu Raida also announced only hours after the 0-1 defeat at the home tournament against South Africa his resignation. Egypt had previously won the Africa Cup seven times, and the team led by Champions League winner Mohamed Salah was also the favorite this year.

(tTagsToTranslate) Football (t) Africa Cup 2019 (t) Africa Cup (t) Africa (t) Egypt (t) Madagascar (t) DR Congo (t) Algeria (t) Guinea (t) Round of 16

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