Algeria reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup on Thursday at the expense of Ivory Coast. After 1-1 after 120 minutes, the 'Woestijnvossen' in Suez were the strongest from the penalty spot (4-3).
The hits in regular time came from the Algerian Sofiane Feghouli and the Ivorian Jonathan Kodjia. In the penalty shootout, former Vitessenaar Wilfried Bony was one of the two Ivorians who missed from eleven meters, while Youcef Belaili was the only player in Algeria who did not hit.
It is the first time since 2010 and the second time this century that Algeria is in the semi-final of the Africa Cup. Opponent in the battle for a ticket for the final battle is Sunday, Nigeria, which won 2-1 against South Africa on Wednesday.
The last time that Algeria reached the final was in 1990, when the North African country also won the tournament. The Algerians seem to have a good chance this year to finally win the African Cup again, because the team of national coach Djamel Belmadi made an excellent impression in the first four games.
Bounedjah misses penalty in regular time
Partly due to those good results, Algeria started Thursday as a favorite in the quarterfinals against Ivory Coast, which is six places higher in the FIFA ranking (68 to 62). A goal Feghouli put the Algerians in the 21st minute on a 1-0 lead in the moderately filled Suez Stadium.
Shortly after the break, Baghdad Bounedjah could almost have decided the game, but the striker shot the ball over the bar, making it no 2-0. Fifteen minutes later it was right again due to a goal by Jonathan Kodjia.
It remained at 1-1, although Algeria was still close to the winning goal. A bet by Riyad Mahrez was taken off the line by Mamadou Bagayoko. There was no scoring in the extension and therefore penalties had to offer a solution.
It was Bony who missed a penalty, after which Youcef Belaili Algeria could shoot to the semi-final. The midfielder hit the post. Serey Dié then had to score for the Ivory Coast, but his attempt ended up on the pole and so after nine years, Algeria is back in the semi-final.
There is a quarter final on the program on Thursday. Madagascar kicked off against Tunisia at 9 pm and the winner of that game will face Senegal on Sunday, which was 1-0 too strong for Benin on Wednesday.