African medal hopefuls Coté D’Ivoire pulled out all the stops before the tournament by calling up the big guns such as Franck Kessie(Milan) and Manchester United pair of Amad and Eric Bailly. It is ironic that it was Bailly who cost his team a place in the semis with a defensive horror show he might want to forget in a hurry. It is the united defender who had given the Ivorians the Lead deservedly so after creating the better chances. He turned villain later by chesting into the path of Dani Olmo.
Max Gradel the captain and best attacking player on the pitch in my opinion gave Cote D’Ivoire the lead in injury time to seemingly book a place in the medal matches but then came a moment of sheer and utter insanity for Bailly. 93rd minute the former Espanyol defender tries to head the ball back to his keeper again like the chesting incident no purchase on the ball whatsoever. Easy goal that Rafael will ever score. The penalty he conceded in extra time is criminal especially in the var era. Blatant and obvious handball. The penalty dispatched Bruno Fernandes style by Oyarzabal. I will not comment anymore on the further two goals by Spain, except to say that Varane’s signing by Manchester united looks mightily vindicated after watching this match.