Ivory Coast 0-0 (4-5) Egypt
Shots on goal transformed: Pépé, I. Sangaré, Cornet & Zaha for the Elephants // Zizo, El Solia, Kamal, Abdelmonem & Salah for the Pharaohs
Missed shot on goal: Bailly for the Elephants
One less favorite in this CAN 2021.
First in their group and remaining on a demonstration against Algeria (3-1), Côte d’Ivoire stops their race in the round of 16 against Egypt by Mohamed Salah – author of the winning shot on goal after 120 minutes goalless – who will face Morocco in the quarter-finals. On the side of the Elephants, it was the unfortunate Éric Bailly – imperial during the meeting – who failed in his attempt against the Egyptian goalkeeper replacing Gabaski, who entered in the 88e minute.
Before that, in a balanced first period, Côte d’Ivoire lost their midfielder Franck Kessié (injured) half an hour into the game and suffered a few attacks, in particular with the bar found by Omar Marmoush on a recovery error from Simon Deli (17e), then a nice shot from Mohamed Salah slammed by Badra Ali Sangaré (21e). The Elephants responded with a superb chisel from Ibrahim Sangaré released by Mohamed El-Shenawy (38e).
On the restart, Amr El Solia missed the opener on a good shift from Salah (52e) and Sébastien Haller had two chances in quick succession twenty minutes from time. After the various changes and while the Ivorians were pushing, El-Shenawy was injured saving his team on a strike from Wilfried Zaha (74e). The tension continued at the end of the 90 minutes, with chances for Mohamed Sherif (93e) and Trezeguet (98e, 120e) on the one hand, but also for Sangaré (104e) the other. The terrible penalty session spoke, and the Pharaohs, as in 2008 (4-1 in half), 2006 (0-0, 4-2 TAB in the final) and 1998 (0-0, 5-4 TAB in quarters) , leave the Ivorians.
Let’s hope Mostafa Mohamed doesn’t have any other exams scheduled in the coming days.
Ivory Coast (4-3-3): B. Sangaré – Aurier (c), Bailly, Deli, Konan – I. Sangaré, Seri (Boga, 72e), Kessié (This, 30e) – Gradel (Zaha, 71e), Haller (Cornet, 105e), Pepe. Coach: Patrice Beaumelle.
Egypt (4-3-3): El-Shenawy (Gabaski, 88e) – Kamal, Hegazy, Abdelmonem, Fatouh – Elneny, El Solia, Fathi (Zizo, 84e) – Salah (c), M. Mohamed (Sherif, 90e), Marmoush (Trezeguet, 71e). Coach: Carlos Queiroz.