The Round of 16 continues in the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday, as upsets have rocked the competition in Egypt in recent days.
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Hosts Egypt were stunned by South Africa on Saturday, while much-fancied Morocco were beaten by Benin on penalty kick.
Sunday’s two last 16 clashes see surprise package Madagascar face DR Congo, as the former won Group B. Algeria are one of the favorites to win it all as Riyad Mahrez leads their charge, and Guinea’s hopes haven’t been helped due to Naby Keita‘s tournament-ending injury.
Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Sunday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Sunday, July 7
Round of 16
Madagascar v. DR Congo – 12 p.m. ET
Algeria v. Guinea – 3 p.m. ET
The AFCON semifinals are all set after another thrilling day of action on Sunday in host nation Gabon.
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DR Congo 1-2 Ghana
The brothers Ayew helped book Ghana’s place in the final four after a pair of second-half goals gave the Black Stars a victory over a tough Congo side. Jordan Ayew found his name on the scoresheet first in the 63rd minute, before Congo equalized through Paul-José Mpoku five minutes later. Ghana sealed its position in the semifinals 12 minutes from time when West Ham attacker Andre Ayew scored from the penalty spot.
Egypt 1-0 Morocco
Mahmoud Kahraba was the hero on the day for the Egyptians and they now find themselves one match away from the final. The second-half substitute scored with four minutes to play in regulation, and from there Egypt held off Morocco.
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Burkina Faso vs. Egypt — 2 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 2
Cameroon vs. Ghana — 2 p.m. ET
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It’s safe to say the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon has been a slow-burner so far.
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Now, we start to get towards the business end of the tournament as the quarterfinals take place on Saturday and Sunday.
With powerhouses Algeria and Ivory Coast plus hosts Gabon knocked out in the group stages, the path to the final has become a lot clearer for Egypt who must now fancy their chances on their side of the bracket.
Senegal, Tunisia and Ghana also look dangerous with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane the star of the tournament so far.
That said, Senegal’s clash with a solid Cameroon outfit looks like the pick of the quarterfinal games with the winner playing either DR Congo or Ghana in the semifinal. DR Congo will provide Ghana with a stern test as striker Junior Kabananga leads the tournament in goals (three) but Ghana has the experience of Asamoah Gyan up top and the pace of the Ayew brothers (Jordan and Andre) out wide.
On the other side of the bracket Egypt — who are led by AS Roma’s Mohamed Salah and Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny — clash with Morocco and the winner will face either Burkina Faso or Tunisia in the semifinal. Tunisia is led by Sunderland playmaker Wahbi Khazri, while Burkina Faso has Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore (currently on loan at Ajax) leading their charge up top.
Below is the full schedule for the quarterfinal matches this weekend, and we will have reaction from all four matches right here on Pro Soccer Talk.
Africa Cup of Nations 2017 – Quarterfinal schedule
Burkina Faso vs. Tunisia – 11 a.m. ET
Senegal vs. Cameroon – 2 p.m. ET
DR Congo vs. Ghana – 11 a.m. ET
Egypt vs. Morocco – 2 p.m. ET
Down went another knockout round mainstay from the Africa Cup of Nations, as the Ivory Coast failed to capture one of the top two spots in Group C.
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Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast
Needing a win to move on, the Ivory Coast fell in its final group match. Rachid Alioui scored a 64th minute goal that meant the Ivory Coast needed two to advance to the quarterfinals. The goals didn’t come, and Morocco will face the Group D winner next.
Togo 1-3 DR Congo
Junior Kabananga, Paul-Jose M’Poku, and Ndombe Mubele scored as the Leopards finished the group stage with an unbeaten record of 2-1. DR Congo will face the runner-up of Group D in the quarterfinals.
Ghana is through with six points, while Uganda is out. Egypt will go through with a result against Ghana, while Mali needs a win and an Egypt loss to get to tiebreakers.
Egypt vs. Ghana — 2 p.m. ET
Uganda vs. Mali — 2 p.m. ET
Like Group A, Group C in the Africa Cup of Nations has very little decided ahead of the final group stage match.
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Ivory Coast 2-2 DR Congo
A thrilling first half had DR Congo leading 1-0 and 2-1, with only Wilfried Bony netting for the Ivory Coast. Les Elephants grabbed a draw through Serey Die’s 67th minute goal.
DR Congo now leads the group and is primed to advance with a result against Togo or a Morocco loss or draw against Ivory Coast.
Morocco 3-1 Togo
Mathieu Dossevi gave Togo a surprise fifth minute lead lead, but Aziz Bouhaddouz kickstarted the Moroccan attack to plug the victors into Group C’s second spot ahead of a Jan. 24 showdown with Ivory Coast.
Ghana vs. Mali — 11 a.m. ET
Egypt vs. Uganda — 2 p.m. ET