Africa has stopped three times in the quarterfinals

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Doha (AFP) – Morocco are aiming for the first world semi-final by an African team, a mission narrowly missed by Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010), all pushed into extra time.

. Cameroonian pioneers

The first Africans to reach this level at the Italian “World” in 1990, the Indomitable Lions thought they were reaching the last four. When Roger Milla sends an assist to Eugène Ekeke to lead 2-1 against England (65th), Cameroon has a toe in the semi-finals.

Milla, a fabulous 38-year-old joker (4 goals in 1990), had already obtained the penalty for the Cameroonian equalizer, transformed by Emmanuel Kundé (61st). The English had led the first thanks to David Platt (25th).

But Gary Lineker equalizes from the penalty spot (83rd sp), and scores another one in extra time (105th).

The Cameroonians go out on a lap of honor to celebrate an epic that began with a victory against Argentina (1-0) in the opening match, some with a white jersey exchanged with the English. African football is promised a bright future.

. Senegal crucified at the golden goal

A masterstroke, the Lions of Senegal reached the quarter-finals in their first appearance in 2002. They too entered with a bang, beating the defending champion and arch-favorite French in the opening match. (1-0).

The Senegal team before their pool match against Denmark during the 2002 World Cup, June 6, 2002 in Daegu, South Korea © PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP

Holding the Danes (1-1) then the Uruguayans (3-3) in check, the Senegalese continued on their way.

They beat Sweden to the golden goal, thanks to a double from Henri Camara (37th, 104th) in a festive atmosphere of madness, led in particular by El Hadji Diouf.

Their journey also ends in the quarter-finals against Turkey (1-0 golden goal), at the start of extra time: Ilhan Mansiz (94) sends Turkey to the semi-finals in their second participation.

. Ghana is crying again

Those who came closest to the last four were the “Black Stars” in South Africa in 2010. It was only a few centimeters away, a penalty in the last moments of extra time that Asamoah Gyan smashed on the transverse (120th+1).

The sadness of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan during the elimination of his country by Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg
The sadness of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan during the elimination of his country by Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, July 2, 2010 in Johannesburg © ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP/Archives

Luis Suarez’s voluntary hand to prevent Dominic Adiyiah’s header (120th + 1) made the Uruguayan striker a “devil” in Ghana. But Gyan, who had scored two penalties in the pools, against Serbia (1-0) and Australia (1-1), trembled.

He also scored in 1/8 against the United States (2-1 ap), and he converted his shot on goal, but did not prevent elimination (1-1, 4 pens to 2), at semi-final gates.

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