Elephants are African champs

IT TOOK 120 minutes for Ivory Coast to lift the 2015 Afcon Cup during  a dramatic final played at Estadio de Bata, Equatorial Guienea, which was only settled through a 9-8 penalty shootout.

In the shootout Côte d’Ivoire scored 9 against Ghana’s 8 to lift the cup for the second time since 1992.

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard becomes  the first coach to win the African Cup for the second time with two different teams – in  three years.

In the opening minutes Ivory Coast began well, then Ghana had a spell – then both teams took a break for the final 15 minutes of the half. The match ended scoreless by the end of the first half.

On resumptrtion Tiéné  of Côte d’Ivoire  won a free kick in the defensive half after a foul by Christian Atsu  of Ghana in the 46 th minute.

A few seconds later Ghana was awarded a corner conceded by Wilfried Kanon.

Three minutes later there was  a missed attempt  by Ghana through  right -footed Afriyie Acquah who shot high and wide from the right top following a corner.

Yaya Touré  of Côte d’Ivoire was awarded a free kick in the attacking half in the 73th minute with either sides showing any winning signs. In the 81th minute  the match was delayed  after John Boye Ghana was injured resloting in a free kick for Ghana in the second half.

The match then became a  see-saw affair as both sides missed several scoring opportunites  and it was becoming clear that the battle was headed for extra time.

At the end of 90 minutes the teams were still tied to a goaless draw, forcing the match into extra time. In extra time there was a missed attempt by Christian Atsu of Ghana whose left footed shot from the centre of the box assisted by team mate Boye missed to the right in the 91st minute.

Ghana almost came on top  after left-footed  Atsu shot, assisted by Mubarak Wakaso following a set piece situation, went wide in the 106th minute.

The hero of the match, the Ivorian goal keeper, Boubacar Barry first stopped a penalty by his Ghanian counterpart before leaving the Black Stars lying postrate after scoring his  firing his spot kick into the right corner, sparking sponteneous celebrations i across Africa.




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