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Ivory Coast eliminates Defending Champions Senegal, to Reach the AFCON quarterfinals


January 30, 2024

Hosts Ivory Coast have qualified to the quarter finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating holders, Senegal 5-4 on penalties on Monday.

Senegal took the lead in the 4th minute through Habib Diallo before Franck Kessie leveled parity in the 86th minute, to send the game into extra time, and eventually into penalty shootouts.

Kessie also converted the winning penalty to seal an extraordinary victory for the hosts, who redeemed themselves after a poor group-stage display which culminated in two defeats.

The host will meet the winner between Mali and Burkina Faso in the quarter finals of the tournament.