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AFCON: Madagascar in QF as fairytale debut goes on; Algeria joins them

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CAIRO (AP) — Madagascar beat Congo 4-2 in a penalty shootout Sunday to ensure its fairytale debut at the African Cup of Nations continued as it advanced to the quarterfinals.

Congo defender Chancel Mbemba equalized in the last minute of normal time for 2-2 to send the game into extra time, and neither team could break through to avoid the shootout in Alexandria.

Defender Marcel Tisserand sent Congo’s first spot kick well over the bar and Yannick Bolasie also missed when he had to score after Ibrahim Amada, Romain Métanire, Thomas Fontaine and Jérôme Mombris all converted their penalties for Madagascar.

Algeria booked its place in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Guinea, which was missing influential midfielder Naby Keïta through injury.

Goals from Youcef Belaïli in the first half, and Riyad Mahrez — with an impressive finish — and Adam Ounas in the second, set up a game against Mali or Ivory Coast on Thursday.

Madagascar’s team, mostly consisting of players plying their trade in the lower leagues in France, had already ensured a dream debut in the tournament after staying unbeaten to finish top of Group B, ahead of former winners Nigeria and Guinea. Madagascar’s 2-0 win over Nigeria was one of the biggest surprises in African Cup history.

Amada got the side off to a flying start against Congo when he let fly from outside the penalty area to send the ball in off the far post in the ninth minute, and captain Faneva Andriatsima set off wild celebrations when he canceled out Cedric Bakambu’s first-half equalizer with a diving header in the 77th, only for Mbemba to keep Congo’s hopes alive.

Cheered on by the Madagascan president, Andry Rajoelina, and around 450 jubilant fans, Andriatsima’s side held its nerve in the shootout to set up a quarterfinal against Ghana or Tunisia on Thursday.

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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

FOLLOW LIVE: Day 2 of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

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Egypt’s national team kicked off the tournament on Friday, and now the nations turns its eyes to playing host to the Africa Cup of Nations with three Saturday kickoffs.

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Yannick Bolasie, Arthur Masuaku, and the Democratic Republic of Congo get us started with a Group A match against Uganda at 10:30 a.m. ET.

That’s followed up by the Super Eagles of Nigeria, with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City preparing to tangle with Burundi at 1.

Finally, Guinea and Madagascar round out the day’s matches with a 4 p.m. start.

Group A
Democratic Republic of Congo v. Uganda – 10:30 a.m. ET

Group B
Nigeria v. Burundi – 1 p.m. ET
Guinea v. Madagascar – 4 p.m. ET

U-17 World Cup draw results: USA in tough Group A with Chile, Nigeria, Croatia

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The draw for the 2015 U-17 World Cup was held Thursday evening in Santiago, Chile, the host nation for this year’s prestigious youth tournament.

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When the tournament kicks off on Oct. 17 (final scheduled for Nov. 8), the Americans will find themselves in yet another “group of death” — one of them, at least — where they’ll face the host nation Chile, defending U-17 World Cup champions Nigeria and perennial youth powerhouse Croatia in Group A.

Meanwhile, 2013 runners-up and the US’s bitter CONCACAF rivals, Mexico, have been handed an equally nightmarish Group C, which features European and South America powers Germany and Argentina, and Australia.

Full 2015 U-17 World Cup draw results:

Group A: Chile (hosts), Croatia, Nigeria, USA

Group B: England, Guinea, Brazil, South Korea

Group C: Australia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina

Group D: Belgium, Mali, Honduras, Ecuador

Group E: South Africa, Costa Rica, North Korea, Russia

Group F: New Zealand, France, Syria, Paraguay

The top two sides from each four-team group will advance to the round of 16, alongside the four third-place finishers with the most points won during the group stage.

Africa Cup of Nations roundup: Lots will be drawn to determine second place in Group D

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When it comes to the ultra-congested Group D, it wouldn’t have been fitting for the clubs to be separated by an on-field winner.

With all four teams boasting 0W-0L-2D records — all on 1-1 draws — going into the final day of group play, there was the possibility of a four-way tie for first place at the end of Wednesday’s play.

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Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your love for chaos, the Ivory Coast found a winner against Cameroon to make sure there would only be one drawing of lots to see who makes it to the knockout round. That’s because our other match finished dead even.

Here’s the scoop.

Guinea 1-1 Mali

Seydou Keita will be the man sweating the lot drawing just a bit more than the rest of the bunch, as his missed penalty may’ve cost Mali a spot in the Round of 16.

Modibo Maiga bailed him out after halftime in terms of getting to the lots, heading home a cross from Abdoulay Diaby in the 47th minute to level out Kevin Constant’s 15th minute penalty for Guinea.

The lots will be drawn at 10am ET on Thursday. Winner gets Ghana on Feb. 1.

Cameroon 0-1 Ivory Coast

That means the only match that didn’t finish 1-1 in Group D play came at the expense of Cameroon, which had new Montreal Impact man Ambroise Oyongo as an unused substitute.

Cameroon had a 61-39 advantage in possession and a 10-7 edge in shot attempts, but that matters not since Saint-Etienne’s Max Gradel hammered home a shot from 20 yards to push Ivory Coast into a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute that it would not relinquish.

It’s a worthwhile watch: