The Teranga Lions of Senegal and the Atlas Lions of Morocco are through to the Quarterfinals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Goals from Bamba Dieng and Sadio Mane ensured Senegal got a 2-0 win against 9-man Cape Verde who got a red card twice in the course of the game.
Also, Youssef En-Nesyri and a superb free-kick from Achraf Hakimi ensured Morocco booked a spot in the quarter-final with a 2-1 comeback win over Malawi who had netted through a stunning strike from Gabadinho Mhango.
Cape Verde, were sailing in their second-ever appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages but hit an iceberg when Patrick Andrade was shown a straight red card after 20 minutes, their fortunes dwindled further as goalkeeper Vozinha was also sent-off in the second-half after a heavy collision with Mane.
The Liverpool forward would go on to put his side in front shortly after, despite still looking dazed, as Senegal eventually found their way through a stubborn defence. A hard-fighting Cape Verde kept weathering their storm and were in it right until stoppage time, when Bambia Dieng’s winner wrecked whatever was left in them sealing the win on a break.
Malawi in what was their first time at a knockout game in an AFCON event went ahead early after an unbelievable goal from Frank Mhango, who hit a speculative left-footed effort from more than 40 yards out which caught out Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and flew into the top corner.
However, Morocco responded well and they got a well-deserved equaliser just before the break through Youssef En-Nesyri.
PSG’s Hakimi completed the comeback in style with his second goal from a free-kick in the tournament with 20 minutes left to play.
“2 – Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) has become the first player to score two direct free kick goals at the same Africa Cup of Nations edition since Geremi with Cameroon in 2008.Opta
Morocco will either face Ivory Coast or Egypt in the Quarterfinals as they look to win their first Afcon title in 45 years