Africa Cup of Nations - Round of 16
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Madagascar win 4-2 on penalties

Africa Cup of Nations: Madagascar 2-2 DR Congo (Madagascar win 4-2 on pens)

Madagascar were 190th in Fifa's world rankings five years ago
Madagascar were 190th in Fifa's world rankings five years ago

Africa Cup of Nations debutants Madagascar produced another upset to beat DR Congo 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw and seal a quarter-final spot.

In a thriller, Madagascar took a surprise lead through Ibrahim Amada's superb 20-yard strike before Cedric Bakambu equalised with a header.

The Indian Ocean islanders restored their lead through Faneva Andriatsima's header before Chancel Mbemba's 90th-minute equaliser forced extra-time.

Madagascar scored all their penalties.

In contrast, DR Congo missed two, with Everton winger Yannick Bolasie's attempt going over the bar to confirm Madagascar a quarter-final against Ghana or Tunisia in Cairo on Thursday.

Having beaten three-time winners Nigeria in the group stage as well as Burundi, Madagascar's fairytale run continues after another impressive performance in Alexandria, Egypt.

They were 190th in Fifa's rankings five years ago but have now advanced further in this tournament than hosts Egypt and holders Cameroon, both of whom went out on Saturday.

Before their 90th-minute equaliser, DR Congo were denied a penalty in controversial circumstances when Britt Assombalonga appeared to be fouled by Thomas Fontaine.

However, with the video assistant referee system not being used until the quarter-finals, their appeals were ignored.

Analysis

BBC Sport's Piers Edwards in Alexandria

This is one of the all-time fairytale stories in Africa Cup of Nations history because Madasgacar's run needs real perspective.

Because they were ranked among the six worst teams on the continent, they took part in the very first match of this 2019 Nations Cup campaign - in the preliminary round of qualifying, against Sao Tome e Principe in early 2017.

Three players who started that game played in this one, a match which makes them among the best eight sides in Africa - an unbelievable dream.

The "Barea" played well, with real heart and passion, during 90 minutes but tired considerably in extra time when they were lucky to hold on.

But they have squeezed through - and given the Cup of Nations expansion from 16 to 24 teams every justification, in the face of criticism from some.

Line-ups

Madagascar

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Melvin
  • 20Métanire
  • 5Razakanantenaina
  • 21Fontaine
  • 22Mombris
  • 18RavelosonSubstituted forAndrianarimananaat 58'minutes
  • 13Andrianantenaina
  • 15Amada
  • 12NomenjanaharySubstituted forCaloinat 89'minutes
  • 9AndriatsimaSubstituted forRakotoharimalalaat 112'minutes
  • 2AndriamahitsinoroSubstituted forMorelat 105'minutesBooked at 113mins

Substitutes

  • 1Dabo
  • 3Rakotoharisoa
  • 4Randrianarisoa
  • 7Caloin
  • 8Andrianarimanana
  • 10Rakotoharimalala
  • 11Voavy
  • 14Morel
  • 16Randrianasolo
  • 17Rambeloson
  • 19Gros

DR Congo

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Matampi
  • 2MpekoBooked at 97mins
  • 22Mbemba
  • 5Tisserand
  • 3Muzinga
  • 6AkoloSubstituted forBolasieat 70'minutes
  • 12MokeSubstituted forEliaat 45'minutes
  • 7MulumbuBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBokadiat 67'minutes
  • 20Maghoma
  • 19AssombalongaSubstituted forM'Pokuat 90'minutes
  • 17Bakambu

Substitutes

  • 4Ungenda
  • 8Mputu
  • 10M'Poku
  • 11Bolasie
  • 13Elia
  • 14Masuaku
  • 15Luyindama
  • 16Mossi
  • 18Bokadi
  • 21Shabani
  • 23Mandanda
Referee:
Noureddine El Jaafari
Attendance:
5,890

Match Stats

Home TeamMadagascarAway TeamDR Congo
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home16
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home16
Away40

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Madagascar 2(4), Congo DR 2(2).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Madagascar 2(4), Congo DR 2(2).

  3. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) right footed shot is too high. Yannick Bolasie should be disappointed.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 2(4), Congo DR 2(2). Jerome Mombris (Madagascar) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 2(3), Congo DR 2(2). Paul-José M'Poku (Congo DR) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 2(3), Congo DR 2(1). Thomas Fontaine (Madagascar) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 2(2), Congo DR 2(1). Cédric Bakambu (Congo DR) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 2(2), Congo DR 2. Romain Métanire (Madagascar) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Marcel Tisserand (Congo DR) right footed shot is too high. Marcel Tisserand should be disappointed.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Madagascar 2(1), Congo DR 2. Ibrahim Amada (Madagascar) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  11. Penalties in progress

    Penalty Shootout begins Madagascar 2, Congo DR 2.

  12. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Madagascar 2, Congo DR 2.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Chancel Mbemba (Congo DR).

  14. Post update

    Adrien Melvin (Madagascar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Romain Métanire.

  16. Post update

    Merveille Bokadi (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Njiva Rakotoharimalala (Madagascar).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Pascal Razakanantenaina.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Congo DR) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Meschak Elia following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Ibrahim Amada.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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