Olympics Football: Ivory Coast Through To Quarters After Germany Draw

After drawing 1-1 against the European giants, the Africans have progressed to the last eight in Tokyo.

Ivory Coast have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympic Games after a 1-1 draw against Germany Miyagi Stadium in Rifu on Wednesday.

The African were the first to score in the 67th minute after their pressure for an opener saw defender Benjamin Heinrichs score into his own net.

Germany, who knew they will not qualify without a win, then levelled matters in the 73rd minute when Eduard Lowen powered home a well-taken free-kick to set up a tense finale, but the Ivorians held on to secure what proved to be a vital draw.

The African side started the game on a bad note as their player Christian Kouame was cautioned for a foul on Jordan Torunarigha with only two minutes played, and the yellow card slowed down their tempo to take the ball forward.

In the seventh minute, Germany continued to put pressure on their opponents and Marco Richter created enough space for himself after stepping past three defenders but his final effort was well gathered by goalkeeper Tape.