AFCON 2023: Cote d’Ivoire sails through to the quarters

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Hosts Cote d’Ivoire roared into the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarterfinals on Monday, beating defending champions Senegal 5-4 on penalties with a 1-1 draw after extra time.

In the round-of-16 match in Yamoussoukro, 230km from Abidjan, Senegal’s Habib Diallo opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Cote d’Ivoire equalized by Franck Kessie through a penalty on 86 minutes.

The scores remained tied after 120 minutes of play, and in the penalty shootout, Cote d’Ivoire managed five against four for Senegal.

Cote d’Ivoire will meet the winners between Mali and Burkina Faso on Saturday in the quarterfinal.

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