A glance again on the first recreation of this AFCON: Just two minutes into their recreation versus the Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau’s defender Jefferson Encada accomplished the primary essential clearance, kicking the ball away, inflicting a nook.
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But he forgot: there was completely no want for that, since he wasn’t actually beneath stress.
«Hit me, Bebé, yet another time»
From a distance of over 40 meters, Cape Verdean striker Bebé shot on aim towards Mozambique. Fortunately for him, the goalkeeper wasn’t actually awake and let the ball into the online.
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The clip of the previous Manchester United participant’s aim went viral, prompting the German newspaper “11 Freunde” to vary the Britney Spears tune lyric from “Hit me Baby One More Time” to “Hit me, Bebé, one more time”.
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The Hand of God (ordered on want)
Watching Gambia’s Muhammed Sanneh punch the ball into the online towards Cameroon within the 93rd minute to equalise brings again reminiscences of Diego Maradona’s Hand of God.
It’s unclear whether or not the defender from the Czech aspect Banik Ostrava actually took the soccer legend as a task mannequin. What he maybe ought to have thought-about: there’s VAR. The dishonest was shortly uncovered, the aim rightfully disallowed, and Gambia misplaced the sport 2-3.
Neblú the Superman
The distinction between Henry Cavill and Neblú? One is a Superman actor and is allowed to fly like Superman. The different is a goalkeeper for the Angolan nationwide staff and should not do this—or at the very least not outdoors the penalty space after which contact the ball.
However, that is precisely what the 30-year-old did within the recreation versus Burkina Faso. Although he dedicated an intentional handball outdoors the penalty space, doubtlessly stopping a transparent goal-scoring alternative, he solely acquired a yellow card. Lucky for him, however because the commentator accurately says within the clip: “No, you can’t do that.”
Superman Neblú strikes once more
What on the earth is unsuitable with Neblú? The goalkeeper has clearly learnt nothing from his Superman transfer within the earlier group recreation. Just 17 minutes had been performed within the spherical of 16 towards Namibia when he tried to defend towards the onrushing striker. However, he will need to have forgotten that there’s an finish to the penalty space. He then defends his opponent’s tried lob ball outdoors the penalty space along with his palms and is shipped off. Luckily for him, his alternative saved the following free kick and all the opposite balls. Despite being short-handed for a very long time, Angola gained 3:0 and progressed to the quarter-finals.
The failed backflip
After Mohamed Salah’s again harm, El Ahly attacker Emam Ashour (25) was purported to comply with in his footsteps. Emphasis on “was supposed to.” According to a number of media shops, Ashour tried a backflip in coaching a number of days earlier than the spherical of 16 last. It went unsuitable; Ashour suffered a severe head harm and was dominated out of the conflict towards DR Congo resulting from a concussion. Ashour himself by no means confirmed the tried backflip, however later said on Instagram that he was between “life and death” and noticed issues that he “wouldn’t wish on anyone.”
Hopes had been excessive that Côte d’Ivoire would make a breakthrough after their disappointing group stage – and the celebration was even higher after their victory within the spherical of 16 towards defending champions Senegal. The followers within the stadium within the capital Yamoussoukro went wild and celebrated, whereas one man took benefit of the second and tried arduous to persuade the lady sitting subsequent to him. Unfortunately for him, the household man was caught by TV cameras throughout his intrusive flirting makes an attempt. He later publicly apologized to his spouse, youngsters, and household. According to him, he didn’t acquire the cellphone quantity he needed from the Senegalese girl.
The celebration fail
After scoring the profitable aim within the one hundred and twentieth minute at a serious sporting occasion in your personal nation, it is pure to be slightly extra enthusiastic than typical. It’s additionally comprehensible that you simply is likely to be so comfortable that you simply take off your personal T-shirt. And but, Oumar Diakité (20) in all probability may have considered this motion slightly extra rigorously. Just 9 minutes earlier, he had already obtained a yellow card. His teammate was clearly nonetheless conscious of this and tried to cease him from eradicating his shirt. It did not assist; Diakité eliminated the highest, was then despatched off, and was suspended for the semi-final.
When your staff is eradicated from a serious match after conceding a aim within the one hundred and twentieth minute, it is human nature to shed a tear or two. In the case of Mali’s coach Éric Chelle (46), it was way more than only a tear or two. However, it wasn’t his full luggage of tears that had been in charge, however considered one of his employees members. He calmly poured a bottle of water over Chelle’s head. Whether the water was a considerably unconventional technique of wiping away the tears or whether or not Chelle had simply been baptized after the ultimate whistle hasn’t been revealed but.
Victor Osimhen’s substitution fail
What Victor Osimhen was enthusiastic about on this scene in all probability stays his personal secret. During the quarter-final towards Angola, the Nigerian star striker simply sat on the bench, though he had not but been formally substituted. The confused Osimhen then needed to run again onto the pitch. A short while later, Osimhen was formally allowed to name it a day.