Ivory Coast became the first team to score against Algeria at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations as both teams faced off in the quarterfinals at Suez Stadium.
Sofiane Feghouli gave Algeria a first-half lead before wasteful Jonathan Kodjia levelled matters midway the second half in a game that had Algeria’s Baghdad Bounnedjah miss from 12 yards.
It was an open game that had Ivory Coast almost find a breakthrough after just five minutes, Max Alain Gradel’s effort was forced to the post by Adi-Rais Mbolhi’s fingertips.
The rebound fell in Kodjia’s way but he failed to capitalise on it, two minutes later Kodjia failed to put away another opportunity after Wilfred Zaha’s donkey work.
It was now turn for Riyad Mahrez to face Ivory Coast’s Slyvian Gbohou, but his left footed shot from a tight angle went wide.
It didn’t take long before Algeria got into the lead, Feghouli pounced on Amir Bensebaini’s cross, he made no mistake, Ivory Coast 0-1 Algeria.
A minute into the second half, Gbohou fouled in his goal area, Bounnedjah’s effort kissed the woodwork on its way out as Algeria failed to utilise their advantage.
At the hour mark, Kodjia revived Ivory Coast’s chances with an individual effort, the shot with his left beat Rais, the first time he was conceding a goal at the tournament in 421 minutes, Ivory Coast 1-1 Algeria.
The two teams couldn’t be separated after the ninety, neither in extra despite both creating chances that would bury the game.
It was Algeria who thrived 4-3 in the post-match spot kicks after Wilfred Bonny and skipper Serey Die failed to convert their efforts.
The Atlas Lions qualified for the last four for the first time since 1990 when they went ahead and won the only title they have and they will play Nigeria at the Cairo International Stadium on July 14th.