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Senegal-Ivory Coast: Kessié delivered an entire country, Niakhaté found the post... the hits and the flops

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Senegal-Ivory Coast: Kessié delivered an entire country, Niakhaté found the post... the hits and the flops

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The former Liverpool player found his legs at the best of times for Senegal. From the start of the match, he eliminated two defenders and crossed with his left foot towards Habib Diallo who gave Senegal the advantage (1-0, 4th). Behind he continued to be active on his left side, outpacing his defenders several times. He did not hesitate to go down to get the ball at his feet or to come and defend when his team needed it. He is the author of a heroic save in front of Serge Aurier who went behind the back of the entire defense, who was preparing to cross just in front of the goal (68th). A complete match for the Al Nassr player who only missed one goal for a perfect evening. He transformed his shot on goal without trembling.

The Senegalese goalkeeper was almost perfect all evening. Little used in the first half, he remained focused on each action, often imposing himself in the air to reassure his entire block on set pieces. In the second act, Edouard Mendy had to work many more times to keep his team up to par. He repelled numerous Ivorian attempts, thus disgusting an entire country. But on a final deep pass from Haller, he misread the trajectory and threw himself into the feet of Pépé who had touched the ball before him. He thus concedes a penalty where Kessié takes care of deceiving him to put the Elephants back on track (1-1, 86th). In overtime, he continued to work to keep Senegal in the game.

Franck Kessié gave hope to an entire country. Entering the match, the midfielder was not afraid to take responsibility. On the first penalty, he transformed perfectly to put the Ivorians back on level terms. At the end of the penalty shootout, it was once again his right foot that delivered the Charles Konan-Banny stadium, for good this time, by drowning his team in the quarter-final.

FLOPS

The midfielder lacked realism for a long time in this meeting. Even though he was impactful in the first half, he missed his last move too much and lacked technical accuracy on too many passes. When he recovered, he didn't shine either and too often let the Senegalese attackers come down to the middle to streamline the game of the Lions of Téranga. On the few initiatives he took, he also missed the target too many times and never really worried Mendy in the Senegalese goals.

The Senegal defender missed his shot on goal, the only miss of this session. The defender unfortunately condemned his team after a rather complete game. On the Ivorians' goal, he does not cover the departure of Pépé behind his back who is finally mowed down by Mendy, which will lead to the Ivorian equalizer. On his penalty, he wrong-footed the goalkeeper but ultimately failed to hit the post and sent his team home.

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