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AFCON 2019: Dream lives on as debutants Madagascar eliminate DR Congo

Madagascar are taking part in their first ever AFCON tournament. (PHOTO/Agency)

AFCON 2019
Madagascar 2(4) – 2(2) DR Congo
Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria
Sunday, 07-07-2019

Madagascar’s beat two time AFCON champions DR.Congo 4-2 on penalties to storm the quarterfinals of the continental showpiece in their first appearance.

The debutants eliminated the Congolese in a shootout after an entertaining 2-2 draw in Alexandria on Sunday evening.

Nicolas Dupuis’ side scored all four spot kicks as Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Bolasie blasted their efforts over.

Ibrahima Amada fired the newcomers into an early lead in the 9th minute with a rocket shot into the top corner to send the Madagascar faithfuls that included the Nation’s President Andy Rajoelina into bouncing frenzy.

12 minutes later, Cedric Bakambu headed home a perfect Ngonda Muzinga terrific cross.
The first period ended in a 1-1 all stalemate.

In the 77th minute, the Barea reclaimed their lead through Faneva Andriatsima’s header before Chancel Mbemba equalised inside 90 minutes to send the game into extra time.

Madagascar became the first team to go unbeaten in their first four AFCON games since Libya in the 1982 edition. They will either face Ghana or Tunisia in the quarterfinals.

The defeat sees the 1968 and 1974 champions go packing as the dream goes on for the tournament debutants who march onto the last 8 where they will take on the winner between Algeria and Guinea.

The other game on Sunday

-Algeria vs Guinea @10pm

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