Egypt are the latest side to pull up in the Quarterfinals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations after a Mohammed Salah penalty saw them advance into the last eight 5-4 on penalties over Ivory Coast.
Egypt came into the game as the second placed side in Group D having suffered just one defeat which was a 1-0 loss to Nigeria who have been knocked out by Tunisia on Sunday while Ivory Coast set up an intriguing Round-16 tie against the North-African side having topped their group smashing defending champions Algeria 3-1 in their final group game.
Ivory Coast were the better side during the first 45 minutes of the game but lacked the cutting edge and they threaded close to danger as they were almost pegged back 17 minutes into the game when Egyptian Marmoush saw his effort kiss the post. He went for goal from miles out, his ball which flew past Ivorian goalie Sangare smashed the crossbar.
Egypt again came close in the 36th minute through Mohammed who after being fed by Salah went for goal but saw his effort turned behind by Sangare.
The first half also saw Franc Kessie replaced after he suffered what could be a rib injury.
In the second period, Egypt again were presented with the first chance to break the deadlock when Salah cut inside before feeding a completely free Soleya who blazed the ball over the bar. 53 minutes had just raced away at the time.
Ivory Coast had been having a somehow quiet evening in terms of threats but they came close 20 minutes from stoppage time when Sebastien Haller headed a deep corner at goal but Egypt goalie Shenawy was on hand to get it over the bar.
Three minutes later at the other end Trezeguet having came off the bench could missed a golden opportunity when he was through on goal after a great one-two but his right-footed effort went wide towards the far corner.
Ivorian Wilfred Zaha also registered his name on the should haves and could haves list in the 84th minute when his left-footed shot was saved, even Sebastien Haller who was nearby tried for a rebound but the Egyptian defence nullified it.
Straight the game went into extra time with two headline chances both going to Egypt again.
A 99th-minute wonderful effort from Zizo was parried into safety by Sangare followed by Deli’s Corner-kick delivery which almost went in from the spot in the 105th minute.
All takers buried their spotkicks except Eric Bailly whose poor effort failed to go in.
Mohammed Salah eventually stepped up and sent in the winner to finally propel Egypt to the last eight where they will now go on to face fellow North-Africans, Morocco.