Lightning strikes twice for Tottenham defender on international duty

Lightning strikes twice for Tottenham defender on international duty



Serge Aurier suffered heartache on penalties as his Ivory Coast side crashed out of the 2019 African Cup of Nations on Wednesday afternoon.

Aurier, who was an unused substitute in the game, could only watch on from the bench as Jonathan Kodjia’s goal cancelled out former West Ham United winger Sofiane Feghouli’s first-half strike, meaning the quarter-final tie went to the dreaded penalties after a goalless extra-time period.

And after five successful spot-kicks, Wilfried Bony missed, and although the Elephants got a temporary reprieve after Algeria failed to convert their final penalty, Serey Die crashed the post, meaning Ivory Coast were sent packing.

To make matters worse, it’s not the first time that Aurier has lost on penalties this year, he was also in the Tottenham side that lost on spot-kicks to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge back in January.

The 26-year-old will now return to England and enjoy a three week rest before the start of the Premier League season, meaning he will miss Tottenham’s pre-season tour of Asia, as will both Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez.

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