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Man Utd defender Bailly cried after penalty miss led to Ivory Coast exit at AFCON

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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly was distraught after Ivory Coast's loss to Egypt in the African Cup of Nations.

Bailly missed the decisive penalty that saw his country eliminated at the last-16 phase.

And Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle has revealed how the 27-year-old reacted after the final whistle.

"He was crying and it was very hard," Beaumelle told BBC Sport Africa. "I hugged him and I just said 'You are a big champion'.

"What he has done during the competition, he has shown that he is a big champion. All the big champions miss penalties, I have so many examples.

"I think the goalkeeper did well. He saved two or three chances in extra-time and saved the penalty from Eric.

"You know, when you lose on penalties you have nothing else to say. I am very sad for the boys because my feeling was we could go very far in this competition."

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