Tunisia beats Madagascar, Algeria semi-finalist Africa Cup

Tunisia and Algeria have reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup on Thursday. The Tunisians put an end to the Madagascar fairy tale (3-0) and Algeria was too strong for Ivory Coast after penalties.


Tunisia and Algeria have reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup on Thursday. The Tunisians put an end to the Madagascar fairy tale (3-0) and Algeria was too strong for Ivory Coast after penalties.

In Madagascar-Tunisia, all hits were in the second half. Ferjani Sassi hit in the 52nd minute through the backside of a Madagascar defender and Youssef Msakni made it 2-0 in the rebound eight minutes later.

In the injury time of the race, the score became a little less bearable for Madagascar. Naïm Sliti got the ball in the penalty area in the switch and did not make a mistake eye to eye with keeper Melvin Adrien.

At the beginning of the second half, Tunisia had already hit a target. Wahbi Khazri closed the ball from close range, but the attacker was one meter offside and saw his goal rejected.

For the Madagascar of coach Nicolas Dupuis, a strong Africa Cup came to an end. The island participated in the tournament for the first time.

Tunisia will face Senegal on Sunday in the semi-final, which was 1-0 too strong for Benin on Wednesday. 'The Eagles of Carthage' won the African Cup in 2004 for the first and so far only time.

Captain Youssef Msakni celebrates his goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Miss Bony breaks up Ivory Coast

At Algeria-Ivory Coast it was 1-1 after 120 minutes. The hits in regular time came from Algerian Sofiane Feghouli and Jonathan Kodjia from Ivory Coast, where ADO The Hague defender Wilfried Kanon was injured.

In the penalty shootout, former Vitessenaar Wilfried Bony was one of the two Ivorians who missed, while Youcef Belaili was the only player in Algeria who didn't hit the mark.

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.

Disappointment afterwards with Bony and his teammate Gradel. (Photo: Pro Shots)

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 1-1, although Algeria was still close to the winning goal. A bet by Riyad Mahrez was taken off the line by Mamadou Bagayoko. No goal fell in the extension and so 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 also ended on the pole and so after nine years, Algeria is again in the semi-final.

ref: nunl

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