Madagascar fairytale continues with shoot-out win over Congo

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt: Madagascar kept up their fairytale run at the Africa Cup of Nations by reaching the quarterfinals with a 4-2 shoot-out win over the Democratic Republic of Congo after a 2-2 extra-time stalemate in their last-16 tie on Sunday.
The tournament debutants had upset Nigeria to finish top of their group and added another major scalp by edging the twice champions after Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Bolasie missed in the shoot-out to set up a meeting with either Tunisia or Ghana.
Sunday’s result kept up the tournament’s series of shocks which have already seen tiny Benin upstage Morocco and hosts Egypt eliminated by South Africa.
Ibrahim Amada opened the scoring for Madagascar in the ninth minute but Cedric Bakambu equalised in the 21st.
Madagascar restored their lead in the 77th minute through veteran captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima but Chancel Mbemba made it 2-2 in the final seconds to take the game into extra time.
The opening goal came after Lalaina Nomenjanahary cut inside from the wing and wanted to shoot himself but Amada was better placed and unleashed a swerving left-footed cracker that flew into the top corner for a dream start.
However, the Malagasy lead lasted only 12 minutes as Bakambu equalised in simple fashion as he ghosted between two defenders to get his head to a searching ball from fullback Glody Ngonda.
The game went to penalties and DR Congo’s Tisserand and substitute Bolasie both missed while Madagascar converted all their spot kicks with aplomb to prolong their dream debut.
— Reuters