Togo Reaches Africa Cup of Nations Quarterfinals for First Time
Togo drew 1-1 with Tunisia to qualify for the quarterfinals of soccer’s Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.
Togo and Tunisia finished tied in Group D with four points, three behind group winner Ivory Coast, with Togo taking second place on goal difference. The top two teams in each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinal round in South Africa.
Serge Gakpe gave Togo the lead in the 13th minute in Nelspruit and Khaled Mouelhi tied the score with a penalty kick in the 30th minute.
Togo was denied a penalty late in the second half after Emmanuel Adebayor was tripped by goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifa. Tunisia then had a chance to claim second place moments later after being awarded another penalty after Saber Khelifa went down in the area, but Mouelhi hit the post with his spot kick.
Ivory Coast, which had already qualified for the final eight, rallied for a 2-2 draw with Algeria in Rustenburg.
Algeria took a 2-0 lead on Sofiane Feghouli’s penalty kick in the 64th minute and a El Arbi Soudani’s goal six minutes later. Didier Drogba scored with a header for the Ivory Coast in the 77th minute and Wilfried Bony tied the score four minutes later.
Ghana plays Cape Verde and host South Africa meets Mali in the quarterfinal games on Feb. 2, with Ivory Coast facing Nigeria and Togo taking on Burkina Faso the following day.
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