Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Day 12 Scores and Results Summary

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2013

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 26, Yaya Toure (M) of Ivory Coast celebrates scoring a goal with Didier Drogba and Max Gradel during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Tunisia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 26, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu / Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The final two spots in the quarterfinals have been claimed in the Africa Cup of Nations, and it's the Ivory Coast and Togo moving on.

Actually, the Ivory Coast had already clinched the top spot in the group, so Wednesday's 2-2 tie against Algeria was meaningless for the Ivorians. They will meet Nigeria in the quarters.

The match between Togo and Tunisia, on the other hand, was for all the marbles. The two teams came into the game tied with three points apiece. Togo would be tested, but would hold Tunisia to a 1-1 draw, which was enough to advance. They will now face Burkina Faso.

Let's take a look back at Wednesday's Group D action.


Ivory Coast and Algeria Draw, 2-2

This game may have been meaningless, but it sure was fun. The Ivory Coast at least came out with some firepower, starting Didier Drogba. 

With that being said, it would be Algeria who earned the first chance. Ismael Traore would bring down Hilal Soudani right on the edge of the box, earning the Algerians a penalty kick. Ryad Boudebouz failed to capitalize, however, hitting the woodwork with his shot.

The first half would end scoreless. The second half would have plenty of fireworks.

Sofiane Feghouli would put Algeria ahead on a penalty in the 64th minute, while Hilal Soudani would give the Algerians a two-goal lead after he headed home a Feghouli cross in the 70th minute.

The Ivory Coast would strike back, though. A Drogba header in the 77th minute would cut the lead in half before Wilfried Bony ripped a 25-yard strike in the 82nd to level the game at two goals apiece.

That's how this one would end. Quite the breathless finish from these two sides.


Togo and Tunisia Draw, 1-1

Togo needed only to draw to advance—a tall task against a tough Tunisia side. While Tunisia would make things uncomfortable in the end, Togo would survive.

Togo was the superior team early. Emmanuel Adebayor missed a chance at goal early that he really should have buried, but he would make up for it with a brilliant through ball to teammate Serge Gakpe, who would find the netting for the game's first goal in the 13th minute.

Just like that, Tunisia needed two goals and a sturdy defense to advance.

Despite Togo's superior chances early in the game, Tunisia would get the equalizer in the 30th minute off the foot of Khaled Mouelhi. Suddenly, Tunisia was right back in the game.

Of course, the Tunisians simply couldn't find that second goal in the second half, with Togo holding on for dear life at times. Adebayor would be a thorn in the team's side, hitting the woodwork once in the second half and nearly earning a penalty kick as well.

Meanwhile, Tunisia did earn a penalty and were given a golden opportunity to take the lead. It wasn't to be for the side on this afternoon, though. Khaled Mouelhi's attempt hit the post, and that would be the best chance Tunisia would get the rest of the way. Their tournament was over.


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