NIGERIA will face Algeria in the semi-finals of the Cup of Nations after the North Africans defeated Ivory Coast in a dramatic penalty shootout on Thursday.
Wilfried Bony and Serey Die both failed from the spot to send Algeria through 4-3 on penalties for a last-four clash with the Super Eagles in Cairo on Sunday.
Algeria led in regulation after Sofiane Feghouli’s goal in the 20th minute. Striker Baghdad Bounedjah missed a penalty for Algeria soon after halftime, and Jonathan Kodjia equalized for Ivory Coast.
Madagascar’s fairy tale came to an end as the underdog was beaten 3-0 by Tunisia in the other quarterfinals game.
Tunisia scored twice in eight minutes after halftime, and again in injury time. The North Africans controlled the game completely.
That set up a semifinal for Tunisia against Senegal and finally sent Madagascar, which was playing in its first major tournament, home.