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Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK


    Madagascar 0-0 Tunisia

    We are under way in Cairo.

  2. Post update

    Madagascar v Tunisia (20:00 BST)


    Madagascar's romantic run to the last eight has caused such joy in the country that President Andry Rajoelina chartered a plane to take himself and supporters to the last 16 match against Democratic Republic of Congo.

  3. 'If we stop here, that is also very good'

    Madagascar v Tunisia (20:00 BST)

    Madagascar boss Nicolas Dupuis also coaches French fourth tier club FC Fleury.

    He says his salary from the Madagascar job "does not give me the minimal financial means to live".

    Their aim when the tournament started was more understated. "We did not want to be ridiculed and we wanted to be worthy of the event," he said.

    "We remain humble and lucid and aware that we will play against the 25th-ranked team which is complicated for the little Madagascar.

    "We want to go as far as possible but if we stop here, that is also very good."

  4. Post update

    Madagascar v Tunisia (20:00 BST)

    This is Madagascar's debut at the Africa Cup of Nations. So why is their run to the quarter-finals so remarkable?

    • Only five years ago, Madagascar had slumped to 187th out of 211 in the Fifa's world rankings after being routinely dumped out of Afcon and World Cup qualifying competitions in two-leg preliminary-round ties.
    • Many of the squad play in the French second tier, while others are based in Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Algeria and Egypt - far away from the bright lights of La Liga, the Premier League and the Champions League.
    • Madagascar does not have a professional league.
    • Because they were ranked among the six worst teams on the continent, Madagascar 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.
  5. Teams

    Madagascar v Tunisia (20:00 BST)

    Madagascar XI: Adrien, Pascal, Metanire, Fontaine, Mombris, Ilaimaharitra, Andrianantenaina, Amada, Andrea, Andriatsima, Nomenjanahary.

    Tunisia XI: Hassen, Kechrida, Bronn, Meriah Haddadi, Skhiri, Chaalali, Sassi, Khazri, Khenissi, Msakni.

  6. Fairytale run to continue?

    Madagascar v Tunisia (20:00 BST)

    They've already clocked up famous victories over Nigeria and DR Congo but will Madagascar's fairtytale run continue or will Tunisia win for the first time in normal time in Egypt?

    Welcome to the fourth and final Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.

  7. 'Madagascar is only famous for the movie'

    Madagascar v Tunisia (20:00 BST)

    Quote Message: "When we came here at the beginning of the tournament, nobody took us seriously but we believed in ourselves. Of course, they under-estimated us and I understand them - Madagascar is not famous in football, I think Madagascar is only famous for the movie. from Anicet Abel Madagascar midfielder
    Anicet AbelMadagascar midfielder