Ivory Coast - Mali
Mali has shown some strong football throughout group phase and were one of the rare unbeaten teams in that stage. They have earned two wins agaisnt Angola and Mauritania and drew with strong Tunisia team.
That brought them in top of that group and a chance to face easier opponent in last 16 but they got extremely unlucky because they will be facing one of the strongest teams in Africa - Ivory Coast.
I would say this is the strongest matchup in this phase of competition and sadly one of this two teams will be eliminated. Ivory Coast has suffered a loss agaisnt Morocco but gave won agaisnt Namibia and South Africa. They were specially determined in the last round agaisnt Namibia when they won 4:1.
They are offensively very strong team but defense however has some flaws. They need to work that out before this game because Mali is no joke but Ivory Coast is a team with more experienced individuals in elimination games like this and that little things could lead the game to their side today.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 08.07. 18:00h