Africa Cup of Nations round-up: Tunisia cruise past Madagascar, Algeria through on penalties
Madagascar’s fairy tale came to an end at the African Cup of Nations as the underdogs was beaten 3-0 by Tunisia in the quarter-finals.
Tunisia scored twice in eight minutes after half time, and again in injury time with the North Africans controlling the game throughout.
That set up a semi-final for Tunisia against much-fancied Senegal on Sunday, finally sending Madagascar, playing in a first major tournament, home.
Ferjani Sassi opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, helped by a big deflection off the backside of Madagascar defender Thomas Fontaine before Tunisia captain Youssef Msakni pounced on a rebound to make it 2-0.
Naim Sliti then scored a third on a Tunisian counter-attack deep in injury time as the Madagascans piled forward in search of something to give them hope.
In the day’s other quarter-final, Algeria blew a 1-0 lead and a penalty in normal time before scraping past Ivory Coast in a dramatic shootout.
Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring in the 20th minute and striker Baghdad Bounedjah then missed the chance to extend the lead by hitting the bar from a penalty before Jonathan Kodjia equalised for Ivory Coast in the 62nd minute.
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