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Egypt's second keeper Gabaski comes up with the huge penalty save (video)

Egypt advanced to the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on penalties, knocking Ivory Coast out of the competition and securing their third straight win heading into the quarter-finals. The hotly anticipated last-16 clash between two former AFCON winners kicked off in electrifying fashion after a minute of silence was held to pay respects to the lives lost at Olembé Stadium a few days ago.

In the third minute, Franck Kessié sent a low attempt from 20 yards wide of the post, putting the Ivorians on the back foot.

The 'Pharaohs,' on the other hand, rattled the crossbar in the 16th minute with Omar Marmoush's audacious long-range effort as the 45th-ranked FIFA ranked nation looked to gain a foothold in the match. 

(Salah celebrating with the goalkeeper)

Mohamed Salah tried to add to Egypt's two goals at the tournament with a volley from the edge of the area after some excellent build-up play, but Badra Ali Sangaré brilliantly tipped his effort over the bar.

Before the break, Ivory Coast thought they had taken the lead when Ibrahim Sangaré attempted a spectacular volley inside the box, but the ball was directed straight at the goalkeeper, who palmed it away. 

After halftime, the game was evenly poised as both sides had dominant periods with the ball, but neither could find that crucial breakthrough that would propel them ahead.

As the game progressed, it became clear that stealing the victory would require something truly extraordinary.

(Players celebrating with the goalkeeper)

Sébastien Haller didn't put the goalkeeper to the test until the 70th minute of the second half, when he headed towards goal from a set-piece, forcing a stunning save from Mohamed El Shenawy. 

'Les Éléphants' were in command in the final 10 minutes, with Wilfried Zaha putting El Shenawy to the test before the goalkeeper was forced to leave due to injury as the game headed to extra time. Despite the extra 30 minutes, neither team was able to find a solution to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

It came down to penalties in the end, with Eric Bailly missing a crucial spot-kick, allowing Salah to seal the victory. Egypt wins the shootout 5-4 to move to the semifinals, where they will meet Morocco on Sunday in Yaoundé.

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Badra Ali Sangaré Egypt Franck Kessié Ivory Coast Omar Marmoush


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