CAN 2015: Ivory Coast, first finalist

The selection of Ivory Coast was classified for the final of the CAN 2015, after beating the Democratic Republic of Congo by 3 goals to 1, in the match played on February 4 in the Nkoantoma Stadium of Bata.

The Elephants of Ivory Coast were classified for the fourth time to play the final of the CAN, which it won in the year 1996 and lost in the years 2006 and 2012. Luck was with the Ivorians when their star, Yaya Toure, inaugurated the scoreboard after launching a hard shot in minute 20.

Shortly afterwards the DR Congo tied. Dieudonne Mbokani made a penalty shot due to Eric Bailly absurdly touching the ball with his hands, but the players of Ivory Coast against advanced the scoreboard before the rest period, with Gervinho taking advantage of a rapid counter attack.

The first minutes of the second part transpired with diverse opportunities for the two teams, but a corner headed by Aurier cleared the goalkeeper Kidiaba, and Kanon took advantage of it to make the third goal, which cut all the aspirations of the players of RD Congo.

Now the Elephants await a rival for the final which will result from the Equatorial Guinea-Ghana match. The final for the Ivorians will be played on February 8 in the Nkoantoma Stadium of Bata.

Texto: Pilar Cecilia Ayecaba Ndong
Photos: Miguel Angel Andjimi Ndong
(D. G. Base Internet Team)

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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