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Alegria advance to AFCON semis after beating Cote d’Ivoire on penalties

SUEZ, Egypt, July 11 (Xinhua) — Algeria downed Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on penalties following an 1-1 draw after extra time of the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal at Egypt’s Suez Stadium on Thursday.

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This is the second time Algeria reaches the last four since 2010, and they will face Nigeria in the semifinals at the Cairo Stadium on Sunday.

The encounter today ended one-all after 120 minutes with Turkey-based Sofiane Feghouli scoring in the first half for Les Fennecs whilst Jonathan Kodjia levelled in the second half.

During penalties, Rami Bensebaini, Islam Slimani, Andy Delort and Adam Ounas scored for Algeria whilst Franck Kessie, Maxwell Cornet and Max Gradel converted for the West Africans.

Striker Wilfried Bony and Serey Die missed their spots kicks, while Youcef Belaili also failing to score.

It was yet again another painful exit for Les Elephants who have failed to make an impression since winning their second AFCON title in 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

Cote d’Ivoire, champions also in 1992, failed to go past the group stage in 2017 in Gabon.

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