This is Madagascar’s first ever African Cup of Nations knockout round match but they have been forced into extra time by Congo DR at the Alexandria Stadium.
The Leopards and the Barea are currently locked in a 2 – 2 draw with the winner proceeding to the quarterfinals.
Ibrahim Amada fired the debutants into a 9th minute lead, unleashing a rocket into the top corner to finish a great team move.
It could easily end up being the goal of the tournament. It was that beautiful.
But DR Congo were soon back in the game. In the 21st minute, Cedric Bakambu popped in the right place to draw the Leopards back on level terms with a close range strike. It was his third goal at this year’s finals.
The Indian Ocean nation shocked 3-times champion with a 2-0 win to finish top of Group B.
Yet again, against another illustrious opponent, the Malagasy played without fear but with a lot of flair and it came as no surprise when they restored their lead in the 77th minute.
This time it was Favena Andriatsima who powered home a brilliant header off an equally fine cross.
But the drama was far from over.
With only seconds left of regulation time, reprief came the way of the Cemtral Africans. A towering header from Chancel Mbemba restored parity one more time and sent the match into extra time.