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Oyongo Clinches Last 8 Spot After Closest Contest of the Competition...

Taider is pipped, and Bush skips past Donadel...

Montpellier V Monaco. French Ligue 1, Regular Season.
Oi! That’s a bit.... pink! Ambroise Oyongo in action earlier this season for Montpelier against AS Monaco. Oyongo has just edged Saphir Taider to win their round of 16 tie by a single vote.
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If it had been a General Election, they’d demand a recount...

In the All-African Round of 16 match-up Ambroise Oyongo, now of Montpellier in Ligue Un, pipped Algerian Saphir Taider by a single vote. It was another of those contests where voters placed one man in front, then the other, the final outcome in the balance right up until closure.

Oyongo becomes the third group runner-up to proceed from the round of 16 after successes for Davy Arnaud (over Bojan) and Hassoun Camara (over Laurent Ciman), and indeed meets Camara in the quarter-finals.

In the other of today’s match-ups, Evan Bush’s support (79%) was too strong for Marco Donadel, which left another Marco, Di Vaio, as the only Italian to reach the last eight.

The rest of the quarter-final line-up was comprised of two Americans, an Ivorian, one Canadian, a Frenchman, a Cameroonian and an Argentinian. A very level spread of nationalities.

Finally, Evan Bush has been polling well enough to make you wonder if an upset may be on the cards when he meets Didier Drogba in the quarter-final which launches tomorrow evening.

He couldn’t.... could he?

Popular ‘keeper Evan Bush, bravely dives at the feet of Jonathan McDonald of Alajuelense in the away leg of the 2015 Champions League semi-final. Bush seen off the challenge of Marco Donadel to advance to a quarter-final meeting with some guy called Drogba.
Photo credit should read EZEQUIEL BECERRA/AFP via Getty Images