The encounter between Cote d’Ivoire and Egypt on Wednesday 26 January, was a very entertaining but tough one in which the Pharaohs succeeded to qualify for the quarter-finals through penalty shootout.
Both sides demonstrated that they came prepared for the knockout game at the Japoma Stadium. Dangerous offensive plays sprung from both ends with the defense compartments equally playing their role in keeping the attackers in check.
Mohamed Salah from whom much was expected didn’t succeed to get Egypt an easy win against a determined Cote d’Ivoire side.
The Elephants’ robust attack line consisting of Sebastien Haller and the likes of Serge Aurier coming to help from the flanks, kept the Egyptian defense busy.
This further became intense when Wilfried Zaha came in the second half.
The Crystal Palace attacker brought in much impetus with his ability to displace the opponent. This still wasn’t enough.
The match went on till extra time with no goal scored. The two teams proceeded to penalty shootout which Egypt won 5-4. The Pharaohs will face Morocco in the quarter-finals.