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Olympics Watch: Ivory Coast, Egypt advance to quarterfinals, SA crash out

Ivory Coast have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympic Games after a 1-1 draw against Germany in their final Group D clash on Wednesday.

The West African giants opened the scoring in the 67th minute thanks to an own goal by Benjamin Heinrichs, but Germany equalised in the 73rd minute when Eduard Lowen powered home a well-taken free-kick to set up a tense finale.

It didn’t prove the be the turnaround the Germans hoped as Ivory Coast held on to secure passage into the last eight where they will face 1992 Barcelona Olympic football winners Spain.

Also into the quarter-finals are Egypt who defeated Australia 2-0 in Group C.

A 44th minute opener from Yasser Rayan and Amar Hamdi’s 85th minute goal, gave Egypt their first win of Tokyo 2020.

The North African giants will now face champions Brazil in the quarter-finals.

Africa’s other representatives South Africa were hammered 3-0 by Mexico, thereby crashing out after losing all their three group games.

The two other quarter-finals will see South Korea face Mexico while hosts Japan wil go up against New Zealand.

All the last eight ties will take place on Saturday July 31.

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