Unlike Egypt and Morocco, Ivory Coast – one of the favorites of the event – knew how to avoid the trap by winning (1-0) against Mali in the Round of 16 of the African Cup Nations taking place in Egypt on Monday. Thursday, the Elephants will face Algeria, after his victory Sunday against Guinea, for the shock of the quarter-finals.
What to remember from the match
To dominate is not to win. Malians have learned the hard way. Despite a good match and several opportunities signed by Moussa Marega and Moussa Djenepo, the Eagles lacked effectiveness in front of Sylvain Gbohouo's goal. Opposite, the Ivorians resisted before showing realism late in the game thanks to their striker Wilfried Zaha who took advantage of a mistake of the head of Youssouf Koné to adjust Djigui Diarra a subtle flat foot at the back post (76). Sufficient to rally the quarter-finals.
Player: Geoffroy Serey Die
At 34, the Ivorian defensive midfielder is still indispensable. Thanks to his slaughter, Geoffroy Serey Die who plays in Neuchâtel Xamax (D1 Switzerland) allowed his team to survive in a complicated encounter. His experience was not superfluous to keep the small advantage late in the game.
The number: 0
Ivorian striker Nicolas Pépé has still not unlocked his counter at this CAN. The efficiency of the second best of Ligue 1 this season with Lille (22 goals) would do a lot of good, Thursday, for the match against Algeria summit of Riyad Mahrez in the quarterfinals.