Madagascar produced another upset to beat Democratic Republic of Congo 4-2 on penalties following their 2-2 extra-time stalemate in their last-16 tie to secure a place in the quarterfinals of Africa Cup of Nations.
It was a back-and-forth battle as Ibrahim Amada put Madagascar ahead with his wonderful 20-yard strike in the 9th minute but China-based forward Cedric Bakambu responded swiftly with a header in the 21st minute to tie the game.
The Barea restored their lead in the 77th minute through veteran captain Faneva Ima Andriatsima’s header. However, Chancel Mbemba Mangulu made it 2-2 in the final seconds to keep the Leopards in the contest.
As the game went to penalties, Madagascar was able to converted all their spot kicks with confidence to prolong their dream debut.
In contrast, DR Congo’s Marcel Tisserand and substitute Yannick Bolasie both missed as their attempts went over the bar.
Madagascar will now face Ghana or Tunisia in Cairo on Friday.