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Salah sends Egypt into quarter-finals

26 Jan 2022
Mohamed Salah

Liverpool star eliminates Ivory Coast in penalty shootout to set up match with Morocco

There are 14 Premier League players still in action at the Africa Cup of Nations as the competition reaches the quarter-finals stage.

Mohamed Salah scored the winning penalty against Ivory Coast to send Egypt through to the last eight.

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly missed his spot-kick in the shootout after a goalless 120 minutes to allow the Liverpool star to give his country a 5-4 win on penalties and set up a meeting with Morocco on Sunday.

Salah's team-mate Sadio Mane netted as Senegal beat Cape Verde 2-0 on Tuesday.

Mane curled in superbly to open the scoring before being substituted with a head injury, but he has since provided a positive update on social media.

He will hope to be fit to line up alongside Edouard Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate and Nampalys Mendy for Senegal's quarter-final match with Equatorial Guinea, who progress after beating Yves Bissouma's Mali 6-5 on penalties.

Watford pair Adam Masina and Imran Louza, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Romain Saiss, all started for Morocco as they earned a 2-1 victory over Malawi.

Burkina Faso and Tunisia through

Aston Villa winger Bertrand Traore made up for a missed penalty by scoring the opener against Gabon on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra-time, with Burkina Faso winning 7-6 on penalties to secure a quarter-final meeting with Tunisia.

The North Africans made it through to the last eight with a 1-0 victory over Nigeria, who played the final 24 minutes with 10 men after Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi was sent off.

Nigeria also included Leicester City duo Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho as well as Watford defender William Troost-Ekong.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita was suspended for Guinea's last-16 tie with Gambia on Monday and his absence was felt as they suffered a 1-0 defeat.

Quarter-finals 

Saturday 29 January
Gambia v Cameroon
Burkina Faso v Tunisia

Sunday 30 January
Egypt v Morocco
Senegal v Equatorial Guinea

Semi-finals

Wednesday 2 February
Burkina Faso/Tunisia v Senegal/Equatorial Guinea

Thursday 3 February
Gambia/Cameroon v Egypt/Morocco

Final

Sunday 6 February

PL players remaining in AFCON

Burkina Faso Bertrand Traore (AVL)
Egypt Mohamed Elneny (ARS), Trezeguet (AVL), Mohamed Salah (LIV)
Morocco Romain Saïss (WOL); Adam Masina (WAT); Imran Louza (WAT)
Senegal Edouard Mendy (CHE); Cheikhou Kouyate (CRY); Nampalys Mendy (LEI); Sadio Mane (LIV), Ismaila Sarr (WAT)
Tunisia Omar Rekik (ARS), Hannibal Mejbri (MUN)

PL players out of AFCON

Algeria Riyad Mahrez (MCI), Said Benrahma (WHU)
Côte d'Ivoire Eric Bailly (MUN), Maxwel Cornet (BUR), Willy Boly (WOL), Nicolas Pepe (ARS), Wilfried Zaha (CRY)
Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ARS), Ulrick Eneme-Ella (BHA)
Ghana Daniel Amartey (LEI), Thomas Partey (ARS), Jordan Ayew (CRY)
Guinea Naby Keïta (LIV)
Mali Moussa Djenepo (SOU), Yves Bissouma (BHA)
Nigeria William Troost-Ekong (WAT), Alex Iwobi (EVE), Wilfred Ndidi (LEI), Frank Onyeka (BRE), Kelechi Iheanacho (LEI)

See: Host of Premier League stars set for Africa Cup of Nations

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