Cote d’Ivoire and Egypt have both been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the men’s football event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Cote d’Ivoire lost 5-2 to Spain after extra-time while defending champions Brazil edged Egypt to progress into the semi-finals.
Spain, the last European side to win a men’s soccer gold in 1992, survived a scare against Ivory Coast after Rafa Mir came off the bench to fire a stunning hat-trick in the closing stages at Miyagi Stadium.
Winger Max Gradel appeared to have secured Ivory Coast’s place in the final four when he made it 2-1 with a stoppage time strike, only for Mir to score almost immediately at the other end to force extra time.
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Ivory Coast’s fate was sealed when defender Eric Bailly, who scored their opening goal inside 10 minutes, turned from hero to villain as he conceded a penalty with a bizarre handball inside the box.
Mikel Oyarzabal slotted…
Source: Complete Sports