Olympics: Cote d’Ivoire seal second quarterfinal ticket 

Olympics: Cote d’Ivoire seal second quarterfinal ticket 

West African country, Cote d’Ivoire has advanced to their second-ever quarterfinal in the Olympics after an impressive display against Germany on Wednesday. 

Ivory Coast was held to a 1-1 draw by the Germans which was enough to see them through to the last eight for only the second time in their history. 

After a goalless opening half that saw both teams cancel each other, there would be a breakthrough when a Benjamin Henrichs own goal following pressure from  Christian Kouamé handed the Ivorians a the 1-0 lead on 67 minutes. 

However, that lead only lasted six minutes as Germany equalised through a Edward Lowen’s superbly taken free kick, which heralded an end-to-end final 15 minutes of the game. 

Both sides came close to adding to the scoreline as they pushed on for winner with a barrage of attacks, bit the CIV held on for the much-needed point. 

They finished second on 5 points after a win and two draws behind Brasil, who left it late to defeat Saudi Arabia 3-1 in the other group D match thanks to Everton star, Richarlison.

The PL star continued his impressive form in the Olympics, scoring two of the goals for Brasil in the final 14 minutes of that game for his fourth and fifth goals of the competition.

 

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