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Algeria shock Ivory Coast in thriller

January 24, 2010

Karim Matmour equalises for Algeria in the 40th minute - AFP

Blackpool’s Hameur Bouazza scored the winner in extra-time for Algeria against Ivory Coast in a magnificent African Cup of Nations quarter-final in Cabinda.

The Desert Foxes belied their underdog status against the tournament favourites to come from behind twice and claim a semi-final spot against either Egypt or Cameroon.

Despite the shocking state of the pitch, both sides created numerous chances in a game that was soaked in drama.

Salomon Kalou opened the scoring for Ivory Coast in the fourth minute but Karim Matmour’s drilled finish just before half-time levelled matters.

A 30-yard thunderbolt from substitute Kader Keitain, a contender for goal of the tournament, looked to have won the game for the Elephants in the 89th minute.

Algeria had other ideas, however, and Rangers’ Madjid Bougherra’s 92nd minute header sent the game into extra time.

Just two minutes after the restart Hameur Bouazza was left all alone at the back post to head in Karim Ziani’s whipped cross and give his side the lead.

The goal seemed to deflate Ivory Coast and Algeria created a succession of chances in extra-time, all of which went begging.

In the last minute of extra-time, the Elephants made one last effort to take the game to penalties and had a perfectly good goal disallowed when Kolo Toure’s strike was ruled out for offside.

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