Shocker! Pharoahs Crash Out Of AFCON As Equatorial Guinea’s Unbeaten Run Ends
By PHC Telegraph
The Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Sunday night sent 7th time African champions, Egypt, packing out of the group of 16 and out of the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
The DRC proved bookmakers wrong and advanced to the quarter-finals by eight goals to seven via a penalty shootout, beating the Pharoahs who, over the years in AFCON competitions, triumphed through penalty shootouts against all comers.
Scores at full time after the gruesome and tension-soaked encounter which went into extra time was however Egypt 1, Congo 1.
The Congolese, enterprising on the field of play and determined to rewrite history, shot into an early lead in the first half.
It was a goal well deserved, but a goal that came as a great shock to the Egyptian side which arrived Cote D’Ivoire as one of the favourites of the competition.
Thereafter, tragedy struck on the Congolese side as the Egyptians rallied back to secure an opportunity to draw level.
A Congolese defender under intense heat committed an infringement in the 18-yard box.
M. Mohammed stepped up for Egypt and took the resultant penalty, converting the well-timed strike into a goal at the 45th minute just before blew the halftime whistle.
At the resumption of play in the second half, both sides approached the game cautiously, probing relentlessly for the chance to wrap up the match.
Not even 30 minutes of extra time could break the deadlock in a match that the Congolese exhibited character, style and strong resistance.
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