Debuntants, "Madagascar" qualify for Quarter-Finals after defeating DR Congo


Madagascar are through to the last eight of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time ever, after beating the Democratic Republic of Congo 4-2 on penalties.

They advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-2 penalty kicks shootout win over the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This was after a 2-2 extra-time stalemate in their last 16 tie.
The tournament debutants had upset Nigeria to finish top of their group.
They added another major scalp by edging the two-time champions to set up a meeting with either Tunisia or Ghana in the last eight.
Ibrahim Amada gave Madagascar the lead in the 9th minute but Cedric Bakambu fired Congo DR back on level terms in the 21st minute.
In the 77th minute, Faneva Andriatsima put Madagascar back in front and they held on to the slim lead till the 90th minute.
However, Chancel Mbemba gave the Congo team a lifeline with a late equaliser that dragged the game into the extra time.
With no goal to separate the two teams over 30 minutes, the game went into penalty kicks and it was Madagascar that triumphed, winning 4-2.
It was recalled that Madagascar defeated super eagles of Nigeria 2-0

source: NAN

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