D.R Congo Kicks Out Egypt after dramatic penalty shootout

D.R Congo kicked out Egypt from the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire 2023 after defeating them 8-7 on penalties in the round of 16.

Stade Laurent Pokou was blazing throughout the 120 minutes the game was played.
Meschack Elia scored to put D.R Congo into the lead in the 37th minute. He headed home from the six-yard box to score the game’s opening goal.
The Pharaohs showed what they are made up of by responding to D.R Congo’s lead in the first half.
Egypt were awarded a penalty after a VAR review. Attacker Mostafa Mohamed made no mistake as he converted it into the top right corner. Goalkeeper Lionel Mpasi-Nzau was beaten.
The seven time champions despite their second half dominance couldn’t break down the resilient D.R Congo defense.
Egypt finished with 10 men after left-back Mohamed Hamdy was shown a second yellow card seven minutes into extra time for a mistimed lunge on Simon Banza.
The numerical disadvantage didn’t prevent Egypt from pressing and creating the chances.
Game travelled to shootout and Egypt missed twice from the penalty spot, Mostafa Mohamed and goalkeeper Gabaski both missed their kicks, Arthur Masuaku had  missed his earlier for D.R Congo.
D.R Congo won 8-7 on penalties and progressed to the quarter-finals.
In the absence of injured captain Mohamed Salah, Rui Vitoria’s team ended the tournament winless and suffered the same fate as they did in the 2021 final, when they were beaten on penalties by Senegal. D.R Congo progressed having been eliminated in their first knockout game in their two previous appearances (2019 and 2017).
“I’m very proud of my players. We had a strategy in place to contain this team, but we played too low in the first half. I changed it afterwards and we played better. We suffered, but I think Egypt did too,” Sébastien Desabre
“My knowledge of Egyptian football probably helped us. They’re a good team but we were better today. Mentally, I think we were very strong.” he added.
Now we’ll try to recover well and then we’ll take it match after match, starting with Guinea, our next opponent.
“It wasn’t what we expected. We came up against a tough opponent. Each team has its strong and weak moments. We’re very sad. We worked hard to go far in the competition.
Then there was the penalty shoot-out and that wasn’t our day. In football, there are good times and bad times.
Part of the responsibility is mine. We’re going to keep working with this team as long as I am here.” said Rui Vitoria,

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