The highly anticipated match ended in a 1-1 draw after extra time, leading to a tense penalty shootout.
Senegal took an early lead with a fourth-minute goal from Habib Diallo, showcasing their intent to defend their AFCON title. However, Ivory Coast fought back and equalized with a late penalty converted by Franck Kessie. The match ultimately had to be decided in a penalty shootout.
Despite the talent and star power of players like Sadio Mane, Senegal couldn’t secure a victory in the shootout, allowing Ivory Coast to advance to the quarter-finals. This shocking exit marks the end of Senegal’s bid to retain the AFCON title, leaving fans and football pundits surprised by the turn of events.
Ivory Coast’s impressive comeback will undoubtedly boost their confidence as they look ahead to the quarter-finals. The hosts will face the winner of the last-16 clash between Mali and Burkina Faso in the next stage of the tournament.