Madagascar advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2022 African Nations Championship after its 3-0 victory over Sudan.
Barea was in fine form from the start attacking Sudan from all angles and was rewarded early on in the 13th minute when Tokinantenaina ‘Tsiry’ Randriatsiferana forced his way behind the Sudan defense to fire the ball past Sudan goalkeeper Mohamed Mustafa.
Madagascar, who won their opening match in support at the magnificent Shahid Hamlaoui stadium in Constantine, Algeria, celebrated going strong but then fell back and looked to double their lead.
Solomampionona Razavindranayvo, who was in the right place at the right time, collected a rebound in the penalty area from a Sudanese defender to slot home and double Barella’s lead in brilliant fashion on 30 minutes.
Madagascar made it 3-0 thanks to a high-quality counter-attack that saw Lalina Rafanomizantswa hit the open net after the Sudanese goalkeeper moved off his line to try to stop the attack.
Sudan had two chances to get back in the game, but found the limitations they faced throughout the tournament were to their detriment.
Mohamed Abdirahman Youssef could have scored when he faced Madagascar goalkeeper Zakanerina Rakotohacimbola in a one-on-one match, but the latter blocked his effort out of reach.
With Sudan still chasing goals up front, Madagascar was also on a comfortable hunt for more goals, but in the end Baria pulled away with a third victory in the continental competition for players included in their home tournaments.
Madagascar and Ghana, who finished first and second from Group C, advanced to the quarter-finals of the TotalEnergies CHAN 2022.
Madagascar will meet Mozambique in the Cosava derby on January 28, while Ghana will have to wait until Tuesday to find out their Group E winners, either Cameroon or Niger, in Oran.
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