27 Jan 2013

Ivory Coast into African Nations Cup quarter-finals

3:16 pm on 27 January 2013

Ivory Coast have become the first team to reach the African Nations Cup football quarter-finals by taking top spot in Group D, but the continent's second-ranked side Algeria are out of the tournament.

A 3-nil victory for Ivory Coast over Tunisia followed by a shock 2-nil win for Togo against Algeria in a game marred by a long late stoppage to mend a goal, meant the Ivorians finished top irrespective of the final group results.

Algeria were the first team eliminated from the tournament, a massive blow for a side ranked 22nd in the world who had high hopes of getting to the knockout stages.