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Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt (4-5 pens): Africa Cup of Nations last 16 – as it happened

The Guardian
The Guardian
 2022-01-26

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10.51pm GMT

Read Jonathan Wilson's match report from Douala

Related: Mohamed Salah’s nerveless shootout penalty takes Egypt past Ivory Coast

Updated at 10.51pm GMT

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RESULT: Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt (Egypt win 5-4 on penalties)

Salah races off and embraces his keeper Gabaski! Egypt’s two heroes cavort, soon to be joined by the rest of the squad. As they celebrate, Ivory Coast crumble to the floor as one, Eric Bailly’s casual penalty having cost them dear after a tense game with plenty of ebb and flow. Commiserations to them, and congratulations to Egypt, who face Morocco on Sunday afternoon for a place in the semi-finals. Thanks for reading this MBM.

Updated at 7.16pm GMT

6.46pm GMT

PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 4-5 Egypt. Salah thrashes the penalty into the bottom right, sending Sangare the wrong way, and Egypt will face Morocco in the quarters!

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Egypt’s Mohamed Salah focuses as he takes his penalty ... Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
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And celebrates after firing the ball home to give Egypt victory. Photograph: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

Updated at 7.16pm GMT

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 4-4 Egypt. Zaha fires into the top left to keep Ivory Coast alive ... for one more kick at least. Here comes Salah!

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 3-4 Egypt. Abdelmonem lashes into the left-hand side of the goal, and Egypt are one successful kick away from the quarter-finals!

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Egypt’s Ahmed Hegazi celebrates during the penalty shootout. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 7.14pm GMT

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 3-3 Egypt. Cornet stutters but sends a forensic penalty into the bottom left. Gabaski guessed correctly but can’t reach.

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 2-3 Egypt. Kamal gives Sangare the eyes, sending the keeper one way, rolling the ball the other, into the bottom right.

6.42pm GMT

PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 2-2 Egypt. Bailly skips, in the style of his club team-mate Bruno Fernandes, and chips casually towards the top left. Gabaski sticks up a strong hand and tips onto the post and away! Advantage Egypt.

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Egypt keeper Gabaski reacts during the penalty shootout. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 6.51pm GMT

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 2-2 Egypt. El Soleya takes a straight run-up before rolling powerfully into the bottom left. Badra Sangare, in goal, guesses incorrectly.

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 2-1 Egypt. Ibrahim Sangare slots into the bottom right, Gabaski going the other way.

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Ivory Coast’s keeper Badra Ali Sangare looks at Egypt’s keeper Gabaski as he prepares to face a penalty during the shoot-out. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 7.13pm GMT

6.39pm GMT

PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 1-1 Egypt. Zizo batters into the top left and wanders off smiling.

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PENALTIES: Ivory Coast 1-0 Egypt. Salah wins the toss, after more friendly laughs with Aurier, and asks Ivory Coast to take the first penalty. The keepers Gabaski and Badra Sangare embrace each other too. And then Pepe steps up. He hesitates, then whips into the right-hand side of the net, sending Gabaski the wrong way.

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Egypt’s Mohamed Salah (no 10) with teammates during the penalty shootout. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 6.46pm GMT

6.31pm GMT

EXTRA TIME, FULL TIME: Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt

Penalties will decide who faces Morocco at the weekend.

6.30pm GMT

ET 30 min: Salah strides down the inside-left channel and reaches the byline. He cuts back for Trezeguet, who whips weakly, straight at Sangare in goal.

6.29pm GMT

ET 29 min: Zizo tries to release Sherif down the middle. Deli, the last man, gets in the road and mops up just in time.

6.28pm GMT

ET 27 min: The corner’s hit long. Too long. Ivory Coast break up the other end, Zaha threatening to slip clear down the left. He’s forced to check by Trezeguet, then tugs him over, before going nose to nose with Hegazy. It briefly threatens to kick off. Zaha his eventually booked for losing the rag.

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Handbags ahoy. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 6.43pm GMT

6.26pm GMT

ET 26 min: Salah latches onto a loose ball and sends Trezeguet off on another romp down the left. Trezeguet enters the box and his low cross-cum-shot is blocked out for a corner. Zizo to take. Up goes the volume.

6.25pm GMT

ET 24 min: Kamal is stripped by Zaha down the Ivorian left. Zaha tries to combine with Cornet, who over-elaborates when a simple return pass would have sent his team-mate free. The nerves are really jangling at both ends now.

6.24pm GMT

ET 23 min: Salah plays a cute pass round the corner, sending Trezeguet free into the box down the left. Trezeguet shoots hard, but without any accuracy. Salah leaps up and down in frustration.

6.22pm GMT

ET 22 min: Deli is booked for clattering Salah as the pair contest a high ball. Salah thinks it’s a second yellow for Deli - there was some confusion when Bailly got booked early in the game - but it isn’t, and it’s still 11 versus 11.

6.21pm GMT

ET 20 min: Sangare nearly dribbles his way free down the right, but after beating two men, can’t pass a third, El Fotouh, on the edge of the Egypt box. For a spilt second, it looked as though the referee might point to the spot, but it’s a fair collision and no penalty.

6.18pm GMT

ET 18 min: The pace drops, understandably so given the temperature and humidity.

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ET 16 min: El Soleya launches long for Salah, who would be through on goal were it not for a towering clearing header by Bailly.

6.15pm GMT

Ivory Coast get the second period of extra time underway. Penalties loom!

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EXTRA TIME, HALF TIME: Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt

There’s just enough time for Cornet of Burnley to come on for Haller of Ajax, and that’s the end of the first period of extra time.

6.12pm GMT

ET 15 min: From the resulting corner, Deli heads over with Gabaski flapping. Ivory Coast so close to opening the scoring.

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Ivory Coast’s defender Simon Deli (centre left) beats Egypt’s goalkeeper Gabaski to the ball but heads over. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 6.20pm GMT

6.12pm GMT

ET 14 min: Pepe, probing down the right, cuts back for Ibrahim Sangare, who sends a sumptuous curler towards the top right from 25 yards. It’s heading in, an almost perfectly placed shot. Gabaski extends to full length and tips over. What a shot, and a save to match!

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ET 12 min: Zaha understandably takes a while to get back up, but thankfully once the pain of impact subsides he’s good to continue, no real harm done. VAR took a look at the replay, but there was no foul play. All accidental. We play on.

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ET 11 min: Kamal gets ahead of Zaha to a loose ball. Only by a split second, though, and Zaha hurdles over Kamal before landing awkwardly on his head, then his shoulder. That will hurt.

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ET 10 min: Die tries to release Haller with a long pass down the right, but Haller climbs all over El Fotouh and the whistle goes for a free kick.

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ET 8 min: Ivory Coast win a free kick out on the right, and load the Egyptian box. Aurier’s delivery is no good at all, and sails out of play on the opposite flank. Egypt break, Zizo cutting in from the left and having a speculative pop from distance. The ball swerves all over the place and Sangare does well to react and parry. Trezeguet is lurking but the ball doesn’t rebound to him.

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ET 7 min: Sherif returns.

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ET 6 min: Sherif is bundled onto a stretcher and carried off the pitch. Not sure if he’s dazed, or if they simply need to patch him up some more. The game restarts without him.

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ET 4 min: Sherif accidentally connected with Haller on the follow through to that header, and he’s taken a painful one in the mouth. Blood pouring. On come the doctors.

6.00pm GMT

ET 3 min: Egypt pin Ivory Coast back. El Soleya crosses deep from the right. Hegazy rises at the far stick and heads back to Sherif, who heads over from close range. Close again!

5.59pm GMT

ET 1 min: Almost an explosive start to extra time, as Trezeguet is slipped into the box down the left. Upon reaching the corner of the six-yard box, he shanks a shot across the face of goal. Salah can’t bundle home, and Ivory Coast escape.

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People outside an electronics shop in Cairo watch the action as Mo Salah reacts to a missed chance. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

Updated at 6.12pm GMT

5.57pm GMT

Aurier and Salah share a joke at the coin toss, all very convivial, and then Egypt get the first period of extra time underway. They’ve made a change, replacing Mohamed with Sherif up front.

5.51pm GMT

FULL TIME: Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt

... and that’s that. Egypt started the second half stronger, Ivory Coast finished it on top. But neither team could find a winner. Morocco still don’t know who they’ll face in the quarters. On we go to extra time, with penalties a possibility afterwards!

5.50pm GMT

90 min +3: Pepe and Boga briefly threaten to open Egypt up down the right, but Elneny nips in to intercept, just in time.

5.49pm GMT

90 min +2: Pepe swings the ball towards Gabaski, who claims under his bar, despite the physical arrival of Deli. Egypt launch a counter, but Zizo clatters Pepe on the halfway line and goes into the book.

5.47pm GMT

90 min +1: In the first of four added minutes, Pepe takes on El Fotouh down the right and wins a corner. Pepe will take it himself. One corner leads to another. Here comes take two.

5.46pm GMT

90 min: Aurier and Pepe combine down the right and earn a corner off Trezeguet ... but it’s not awarded. Ivory Coast are livid, the chance to immediately test the new keeper denied them.

5.45pm GMT

88 min: El Shenawy limps off and is replaced by Gabaski. A slight element of farce to that substitution, which took an age, despite the keeper immediately knowing he couldn’t continue. Very strange.

5.44pm GMT

87 min: For the second time in less than ten minutes, Egypt seem to be in some sort of denial over a substitution. El Shenawy stays down, and it takes an age for the penny to drop with Carlos Queiroz. Finally, he prepares to make the change.

5.43pm GMT

85 min: ... but as Trezeguet blooters the rebound clear, El Shenawy goes down, having twisted something while planting his leg. The keeper looks over to the bench, and shakes his head sadly. He makes the mime for Kaput. He won’t be able to continue.

5.42pm GMT

84 min: Zaha drives purposefully down the inside-left channel, reaching the box and pearling a shot towards the bottom left. El Shenawy parries bravely, and the ball’s hacked clear. So close!

5.40pm GMT

83 min: Egypt finally replace Fathi, sending on Zizo.

5.39pm GMT

82 min: El Shenawy hesitates in claiming Boga’s overhit through ball. He eventually gathers, but only after nearly letting Pepe in. Nerves clearly jangling now.

5.37pm GMT

80 min: Looks like Fathi’s pulled something. The doctor performs the international mime for substitution. Fathi departs, but nobody comes on in his place.

5.35pm GMT

79 min: Fathi is down, his right leg giving him some bother.

5.34pm GMT

78 min: Boga dribbles in from the left and considers a shot, but instead leaves it to Pepe, who sends a weak curler towards the bottom left. Easy for the keeper.

5.34pm GMT

76 min: Salah spins gloriously past two orange shirts down the right, then passes to Mohamed and makes off, hoping for a return that would send him clear on goal. Mohamed’s pass is no good. A huge chance slips by.

5.32pm GMT

75 min: Pepe cuts in from the right and aims for the bottom left. He sends a bobbling ball towards the corner, but El Shenawy is behind it all the way.

5.31pm GMT

74 min: A slight drop in pace. Nobody wants to make a mistake as we reach the business end of proceedings.

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Serge Aurier of Ivory Coast skips over an Egyptian challenge. Photograph: Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

Updated at 6.17pm GMT

5.30pm GMT

73 min: Trezeguet is immediately up to speed, sent into space down the left. He’s got Mohamed and Salah in the middle, but attempts to curl around the keeper and into the bottom right instead. Just wide. To be fair, he was within his rights to take that on.

5.28pm GMT

72 min: Some changes! Ivory Coast replace Seri and Gradel with Boga and Zaha, while Egypt swap out Marmoush for Trezeguet.

5.28pm GMT

70 min: Pepe hits the corner long. Sangare, at the far post, heads back across goal to Haller, who tries to eyebrow an effort past El Shenawy from six yards. The keeper tips spectacularly over the bar. The next corner isn’t so eventful.

5.25pm GMT

69 min: Corner for Ivory Coast down the left. Egypt clear easily. But then Ivory Coast come again, Bailly jinking his way in from the right before clipping the cutest little pass down the channel, nearly teeing up Haller, 12 yards out. Egypt bundle the ball out for a corner, just in time.

5.24pm GMT

67 min: Haller hesitates when Aurier tries to slip him free down the right. Then up the other end, Marmoush and Mohamed make a mess of a fairly simple one-two. This is tense and it’s getting rather scrappy.

5.22pm GMT

65 min: Egypt are dominating the midfield, but they’re not exactly creating a huge bunch of chances.

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Mohamed Salah can’t get the better of the Ivorian defence. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 5.26pm GMT

5.19pm GMT

63 min: Marmoush busies in from the left and nearly slips Salah clear down the channel. The ball pinballs instead to Mohamed, who takes a touch, opens his body, and aims a curler towards the top right. It’s always sailing high and wide.

5.18pm GMT

61 min: Salah tears off down the right and is cynically clipped on the heel by Die. The referee continues with his laissez-faire approach to punishment. You’d expect a player to see yellow for that, but no.

5.16pm GMT

60 min: Mohamed goes down and requires a little treatment, but he’s back up again soon enough.

5.16pm GMT

58 min: This is being played at a fair old lick now. Fathi attempts to release Salah clear through on goal with a long pass down the middle. Deli, positioned perfectly, makes a crucial header to intercept and clear. Had he not done so, Salah was away.

5.13pm GMT

56 min: Fathi meets a half-cleared ball and creams a shot towards the Ivorian goal from 25 yards. Bailly blocks bravely.

5.12pm GMT

55 min: Marmoush is fortunate not to go into the book for a cynical lunge at Die.

5.11pm GMT

54 min: Konan makes his way down the left and earns a corner off Hegazy. Haller competes for a header, but Egypt clear with ease.

5.10pm GMT

53 min: Elneny drives down the right and hits a fierce cross that deflects off Deli, sending the ball flying towards the top right. Sangare does extremely well to react quickly and tip around the post, then claim the resulting corner. Egypt knocking on the door here.

5.09pm GMT

52 min: Salah romps down the right, draws most of the Ivorian defence towards him, then rolls across the face of the box to El Soleya, who is in acres. El Soleya lifts a poor effort miles over the bar. Again, he should have done better.

5.08pm GMT

50 min: Hegazy crosses deep from the right. On the other flank, Marmoush cushions a header down for El Soleya, who can’t find Salah or Mohamed on the penalty spot with his dinked cross. A big opportunity for Egypt goes begging.

5.05pm GMT

49 min: Salah turns on the jets to advance down the right. He glides infield and nearly slips Marmoush free down the channel and into the box. Not quite, but that’s Salah’s first major dribble this afternoon. Egypt could do with more of them.

5.03pm GMT

47 min: Pepe wins a free kick out on the right. Aurier swings it in. Abdelmonem heads clear. Not a particularly distinguished start to the half.

5.01pm GMT

Egypt get the second half underway. There have been no changes at the break.

4.50pm GMT

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4.47pm GMT

HALF TIME: Ivory Coast 0-0 Egypt

Just enough time for Haller to take a whack at goal from the edge of the box, straight at El Shenawy, and that’s the end of the first half. It’s not been all that, tell the truth, and yet both teams could easily have notched a spectacular goal, Marmoush with a vicious curler that hit the bar, Ibrahim Sangare with a bicycle kick that nearly flew into the top right. Here’s to an exciting second half!

4.45pm GMT

45 min: Egypt pin Ivory Coast back. They pass and probe. Suddenly Marmoush has a dig from a position just to the right of the D. His low drive is deflected out for a corner. Marmoush takes it himself, and it’s no good. There will be one added minute.

4.43pm GMT

43 min: Salah loops it long for Hegazy at the far post. Hegazy tries to set a team-mate up with a downward header, but Ibrahim Sangare blooters clear, which ensures his namesake Badra in goal has no work to do.

4.42pm GMT

42 min: Salah works his way down the right and is pointlessly clipped by Gradel near the corner flag. Free kick, which Salah will take himself.

4.40pm GMT

40 min: There’s a case to be made that Sangare had time to trap and shoot in a more methodical style, but the effort was well executed so you can’t really knock it.

4.39pm GMT

39 min: Ivory Coast finally put something together, the ball being shuttled left to right across the front of the Egypt box, then hooked back into the centre by Pepe. Ibrahim Sangare, free on the penalty spot, goes for the acrobatic spectacular, and scissors a fine effort down and back up towards the top right. El Shenawy, at full stretch, parries clear. What a shot, what a save!

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Ibrahim Sangare with a spectacular effort. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Updated at 4.46pm GMT

4.37pm GMT

37 min: Egypt take it up a notch, Salah playing a cute pass down the inside-right channel to release Mohamed, who sends a first-time shot towards the bottom right. He doesn’t quite catch it, allowing Sangare to tip around the post. The resulting corner’s hit long. Salah retrieves it on the left wing and nearly flukes a looping cross into the top right. Sangare tips this one over the bar, and nothing comes of the next corner.

4.35pm GMT

35 min: Salah probes down the right, to little effect. A reminder that this game will go to extra time and penalties if necessary.

4.34pm GMT

33 min: Aurier runs down the right wing, a long tail of orange tape trailing from his sock. A carnival touch to match the party atmosphere in the stand. Plenty of noise, still, despite this game failing to reach the heights.

4.33pm GMT

31 min: Gradel is given an absurd amount of space down the left by Elneny. Gradel crosses aimlessly, then Elneny compounds his earlier error by letting a loose ball clank off the top of his head while shepherding it out for a goal kick. Thankfully for the unfortunate Egyptian, nothing comes of the wholly avoidable corner.

4.30pm GMT

30 min: Die comes on in Kessie’s place.

4.30pm GMT

29 min: Kessie is down again, those ribs causing him some distress. He looks extremely upset, as the realisation that his race is run dawns on him.

4.29pm GMT

28 min: Hegazi fouls Haller, 30 yards out. Gradel takes the resulting free kick, sending a strange bouncing dribbler through the box and straight at El Shenawy.

4.27pm GMT

26 min: Pepe twists and shimmies down the right, reaching the byline and firing a low centre into El Shenawy’s arms. This game hasn’t quite taken off yet, but both teams are slowly beginning to find their range.

4.26pm GMT

25 min: Aurier forces a corner down the right. Mohamed blooters clear and Egypt counter quickly. Salah considers going on a solo run, and in retrospect should probably have backed himself, because the move ends when Kamal takes up possession and dribbles an awful effort into Sangare’s hands from distance.

4.25pm GMT

24 min: Kessie is down, having taken a whack to the hip. As cooling spray is applied by the doctor, everyone else takes the opportunity to knock back some delicious water. Kessie eventually gets back up and necks some too.

4.22pm GMT

22 min: Salah takes the corner himself, from the right. His low scuffed effort is cleared at the near post by Bailly, making up for his earlier mistake.

4.21pm GMT

21 min: Egypt are beginning to trouble Ivory Coast now. Salah forces Bailly into a poor clearing header, then takes a shot from the edge of the D. It’s always rising over the bar, but Sangare takes no chances and tips over for a corner.

4.19pm GMT

19 min: ... so while it’s Ivory Coast who have been hogging the ball, it’s Egypt who nearly opened the scoring. The Elephants have created nothing of note.

4.18pm GMT

17 min: ... but this is quite brilliant, as Marmoush nearly makes up for that dismal free kick in spectacular style. He’s the best part of 30 yards out, and sends a fierce dipper up and back down towards the top right. Badra Sangare is beaten all ends up in the Ivory Coast goal, but the ball twangs off the crossbar and away. What a goal that would have been!

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Omar Marmoush rattles the crossbar with a fine strike. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

Updated at 4.37pm GMT

4.17pm GMT

16 min: El Fotouh works his way down the left and draws a clumsy foul from Aurier. Free kick, and a chance for Egypt to line up on the edge of the Ivory Coast box. Marmoush hoicks a dreadful effort miles over everyone’s head and out for a goal kick. That is quite appalling.

4.15pm GMT

15 min: Ivory Coast continue to dominate possession, though it’s all a bit slow, and Egypt don’t look particularly troubled by this state of affairs.

4.13pm GMT

13 min: Mohamed goes up for a high ball and clanks Konan on the ear. Ivory Coast want a booking, but they’re not getting their wish. Konan is back up and running again quickly.

4.11pm GMT

11 min: It’s a bit early for a lull, but here we are.

4.10pm GMT

9 min: The first card of the afternoon is shown to Bailly, who hangs out a leg and brings Mohamed crashing down. It’s well deserved, a fairly crude swipe at the Egypt attacker’s ankle.

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Congolese referee Jean Jacques Ndala issues a yellow card to Ivory Coast’s defender Eric Bailly. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 4.20pm GMT

4.08pm GMT

8 min: Egypt are struggling to retain possession during these early exchanges. A couple of long balls in the vague direction of Salah, and that’s the sum total of their creativity so far. Plenty of time to hone their art.

4.06pm GMT

6 min: Aurier bursts into the Egypt box from the right. Marmoush lightly nudges him on the shoulder, and he crashes dramatically to the floor. He wants a penalty, but come off it and come on. Goal kick.

4.05pm GMT

5 min: Gradel drops a shoulder and makes his way past Elneny down the left. He aims for the top right but the shot is blocked. It’s a fast start by the Ivorians.

4.03pm GMT

3 min: The first shot in anger is taken by Kessie, who spins into a bit of space, 25 yards from goal, and drags a low effort wide right of the Egypt goal. El Shenawy had it covered.

4.02pm GMT

2 min: This is the 11th time these countries have met at the Afcon. It’s now the most-played fixture in tournament history.

4.02pm GMT

Ivory Coast get the ball rolling. They ping it forward quickly, albeit to little effect. Egypt will most likely sit back and hope to hit their opponents on the break.

3.59pm GMT

Before kick-off, there’s a moment to reflect the Olembe Stadium tragedy. The eight who lost their lives are remembered with a poignant minute of silence.

3.55pm GMT

The teams are out! Ivory Coast in their orange shirts, Egypt in second-choice white. Anticipation crackles around the Japoma Stadium in Douala. The place isn’t full, but there’s plenty of noise nonetheless. It’s a balmy 32 degrees in Cameroon, with humidity levels at a fairly uncomfortable 66 percent. Once the anthems have been performed, pennants exchanged, coins tossed and hands shaken, we’ll be off.

3.36pm GMT

Some grim pre-match reading. Sleep well the poor souls who went to the game but never got back home.

Related: ‘Why did people have to die?’: Cameroon mourns after stadium tragedy

3.32pm GMT

Fans of the Premier League will spot several recognisable names in the Ivorian ranks. Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal up front, Manchester United’s Eric Bailly at the back. On the bench, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace and Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet. Plus some old friends in Serge Aurier, formerly of Spurs but now at Villarreal, erstwhile West Ham striker Sebastien Haller, now banging them in for Ajax, and one-time Bournemouth attacker Max Gradel, a Sivasspor man these days. Throw in Jean Michael Seri of Championship side Fulham, and that’s quite a contingent of familiar faces.

Egypt by contrast are heavily represented by home-based players. Some notable exceptions: Liverpool and Arsenal are represented by Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny, who both start, while Aston Villa’s Trezeguet is on the bench.

Updated at 3.33pm GMT

3.14pm GMT

The teams

Ivory Coast: B Sangaré, Aurier, Bailly, Deli, Konan, I Sangaré, Seri, Kessié, Gradel, Haller, Pépé.
Subs: Tapé, Kanon, Kossounou, Zaha, Kouassi, Cornet, Maïga, Boga, Dié, Kouamé, Cissé, Boli.

Egypt: El Shenawy, El Soleya, El Fotouh, Marmoush, Hegazy, M Abdelmonem, Kamal, Fathi, Salah, Elneny, Mohamed.
Subs: Trézéguet, Abdelghany, Bakr, Sobhi, Ashraf, Ali, A Abdelmonem, Bekhit, Ibrahim, Sayed, Daader, Mehany.

Referee: Jean Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo).

3.00pm GMT

Preamble

It’s a heavyweight last-16 clash at the Japoma Stadium in Douala this afternoon. Seven-time winners Egypt meet two-time champions Ivory Coast for the right to face Morocco in the quarter finals on Sunday in Yaoundé.

Both teams made comfortable progress through their respective groups. The Elephants topped Group E unbeaten, thanks to wins over Equatorial Guinea and Algeria, the latter a 3-1 win which sent the reigning champions Algeria packing. Meanwhile, the Pharaohs lost their opening fixture against Nigeria, but bounced back with solid if unspectacular wins over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.

Egypt are equipped with arguably the tournament’s biggest star in Mohamed Salah. However, coach Carlos Quieroz’s defensive mindset can be a bit of a downer, and it’s not as though Ivory Coast are without top talent of their own, Sebastien Haller of Ajax and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pépé at the sharp end of their attack, Milan’s Franck Kessié the main attraction in midfield. It’s a tough one to call, and it could go to extra time and even penalty kicks. The match starts at 5pm in Douala, Cameroon, 4pm GMT. It’s on!

Related: Ivory Coast v Egypt has a climactic feel but don’t expect the goals of 2008 | Jonathan Wilson

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