- Madagascar vs DR Congo clash saw Barea reach AFCON quarter-final after beating Diables Rouges after penalty shoot-out
- Both teams played out 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time and extra 30 minutes before penalties to decide the winner
- Madagascar will now face the winner between Ghana and 2004 champions Tunisia in the quarters
Madagascar defeated Congo DR 4-2 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals of the ongoing AFCON on Sunday, July 7, at Alexandria Stadium in Egypt.
The Barea started the contest brightly and with nine minutes on the clock, Ibrahim Amada handed the debutants the lead off a sensational strike into the top corner of the net.
The Diables Rouges staged a comeback into the contest in the 21st minute, with Cedric Bakambu nodding home a decent cross from Ngonda Muzinga at the back post, courtesy of a counter-attacking move.
Two minutes after the half hour mark, Congo DR’s Chancel Mbemba came close to increasing the lead after a brilliant assist from Muzinga, but could his strike could only sail over the crossbar.
Despite other late chances in the closing stages of the first half, none of the teams could score again, with the scoreboard reading 1-1 after the first half.
Minutes after the restart, Congo DR were close to conceding their second goal on the night courtesy of a Jerome Mombris strike, but shot-stopper Ley Matampi was on hand to make a save despite Charles Andriamatsinoro’s failure to capitalise on a rebound.
With time running out, Faneva Andriatsima increased for Madagascar lead with a header off a cross from Romain Metanire, to see the Barea in front again.
Congo DR improved their play in the closing minutes of the game and were fortunate to level scores in the last minute of regulation time.
Meschak Elia delivery from corner-kick located Mbemba to nod home and send the game into extra-time.
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Both teams had their chances to net the winner during the extra 30 minutes, but were goal-shy as scores remain 2-2 at the blast of the final whistle.
During the shoot-out, Ibrahim Amada, Romain Metanire Thomas Fontaine and Jerome Mombris netted for Madagascar, while the pair of Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Bolasie missed from six yard to see the debutants progress to the quarterfinal after a 4-2 win.in their debut AFCON campaign.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria qualified for the quarter-finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 with a 3-2 win over defending champions Cameroon on Saturday, July 6, at Alexandria Stadium.
The round of 16 tie at AFCON 2019 saw Cameroon handed the first chance to score after 16 minutes, through a Pierre Kounde corner-kick, but Michael Ngadeu-Ngadj's header inside the box sailed over the crossbar.
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