Mohamed Salah scores the winning penalty to send Ivory Coast out of the AFCON 2022

Egypt cruised into the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations 2022 after their victory over Ivory Coast on Wednesday night in the round of 16.

Egypt defeated Ivory Coast to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2022. The result was decided in the penalties as both the teams failed to score even a single goal in the whole 120 minutes. This defeat costs Ivory Coast this season’s AFCON trophy as they are out of the competition. This round of 16 game between Ivory Coast and Egypt took place on Wednesday at Douala Stadium. Liverpool’s number 11 and Egypt’s number 10, Mohamed Salah was been named in the starting 11 and he played every single minute of the game. He also scored the last penalty to send Egypt through to the next stage of the competition (AFCON 2022).

Despite the game being goalless, it was interesting to watch both the teams playing their heart out to go to the quarter-finals. Manchester United’s defender Eric Bailly was also been named in the Ivory Coast’s starting 11 and he performed really well in the game. The 27-year-old centre-back took an early yellow card after a poor challenge. Despite this card, he and his centre-back partner Simon Deli defended very well to restrict Egypt from scoring goals. Though Egypt had more shots in the game they only managed to keep 5 on the target as compared to Ivory Coast’s 8.

As it went to penalties after neither of them was able to find the opening goal, it was anyone’s game. Despite defending really well in the match, Eric Bailly couldn’t score a penalty which costs Ivory Coast a place in the quarter-finals of the AFCON 2022. Mohamed Salah’s scored the last penalty and book Egypt’s spot in the next stage of the tournament. Now Egypt will face Morocco in the quarter-finals which will be played on Sunday 30 January.

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