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Relive African Nations Cup final: Zambia - Ivory Coast

Zambia win the African Cup of Nations for the first time in their history after beating Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties following a goalless draw on Sunday

Ahram Online, Sunday 12 Feb 2012
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ZAMBIA ARE AFRICAN CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME--------------------

Zambia: Stoppila Sunzu scores (8-7)

Ivory Coast: Gervinho wastes his effort (7-7)

Zambia: Rainford Kalaba wastes his effort (7-7)

Ivory Coast: Kolo Toure wastes his effort (7-7)

Zambia: Chisamba Lungu scores (7-7)

Ivory Coast: Didier Ya Konan scores (7-6)

Zambia: Nathan Sinkala scores (6-6)

Ivory Coast: Siaka Tiene scores (6-5)

Zambia: Kennedy Mweene  scores (5-5)

Ivory Coast: Drogba scores (5-4)

Zambia: Felix Katongo scores (4-4)

Ivory Coast: Max Gradel scores (4-3)

Zambia: Isaac Chansa scores (3-3)

Ivory Coast: Souleymane Bamba scores (3-2)

Zambia: Emmanuel Mayuka scores (2-2)

Ivory Coast: Wilfried Boni scores (2-1)

Zambia: Chris Katongo scores (1-1)

Ivory Coast: Cheick Tiote scores (1-0)

The referee blows his final whistle, the match goes into penalties.

117: Boubacar fails to clear a long ball, which falls into the path of Gradel with the goal gaping but he shoots at thin air to miss out on the chance of netting a precious goal with three minutes remaining.

117: A GOAL-SCORING CHANCE FOR IVORY COAST!!

115: Zambia's Kalaba fires a fierce long-range drive which goes wide.

111: Nine minutes remaining, the penalty shootout is approaching.

106: Ivory Coast forward Didier Ya Konan sends a delightful curling shot that goes narrowly over the crossbar.

The second half of extra time begins.

The first half of extra time ends.

105: Both sides are struggling to carve out openings, it seems a penalty shootout is the likeliest option now.

95:00: He connects with a low cross from his brother Felix Katongo to send a low shot from close range but Ivory Coast keeper Boubacar Barry produces a superb reflex save to thwart his effort.

95:00: CHRISTOPHER KATONGO ALMOST PUTS ZAMBIA AHEAD! VERY UNLUCKY.

The first half of extra time begins.

The referee blows his whistle, the match will go into extra time.

91:00: He was about to volley a long ball from close range but was denied by a brilliant and timely interception from Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure, one of the best performers tonight.

91:00: MAYUKA WASTES A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO SCORE FOR ZAMBIA!!

89:00: Ivory Coast deserved to at least score one goal in the second half.

88:00: MAX GRADEL IS VERY UNLUCKY!! HE SKIPS PAST HIS CHALLENGER WITH A NICE FEINT IN THE AREA BUT SENDS HIS LOW SHOT JUST WIDE OF THE POST.

87:00: The final substitution for Ivory Coast. Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is replaced with Wilfried Bony.

85:00: Ivory Coast pile on pressure in the latter stages.

81:00: Nine minutes remaining, both sides are trying to notch up the decisive goal.

74:00: Another substitution for Ivory Coast. Didier Ya Konan replaces Didier Zokora.

74:00: Zambia make their second substitution. Felix Katongo replaces Mulenga.

71:00: Drogba squanders a golden opportunity to put Ivory Coast ahead.

70:00: DROGBA WASTES THE PENALTY!!! HE SKIES HIS SHOT HORRIBLY WIDE.

69:00: ISAAC CHANS PUSHES GERVINHO AS THE REFEREE IMMEDIATELY POINTS TO THE SPOT.

69:00: A PENALTY FOR IVORY COAST

67:00: A long-range free-kick by Zambia's Rainford Kalaba flies high over.

63:00: Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui makes his first substitution. Max Gradel comes on instead of ineffective forward Salomon Kalou.

62:00: A superb interception by Ivory Coast's lively full-back Gosso Gosso denies a chance for Zambia.

60:00: Zambia somewhat improve after a slow start, but no threats yet at either end. 

54:00: Zambia are seemingly adopting a cautious approach to the second half, defending in numbers as Ivory Coast dominate possession.

48:00: The Ivorians are piling on pressure from the very beginning, hoping to atone for a disappointing first half.

47:00: Drogba is getting treatment following a head-on collision with a Zambia player. 

The second half is underway.

The referee blows his whistle, the first half ends. Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast.

40:00: Five minutes before the end of the first half, the score remains goalless.

36:00: The tie is now evenly-balanced. Both sides are exchanging attacks.

29:00: Ivory Coast squander a golden opportunity to take the lead!! A superb back-heel flick from Drogba finds Yaya Toure, whose low shot from inside the area goes just wide of the post.

25:00: A half-chance for Ivory Coast as Didier Drogba tries to convert a cross from the right but, under pressure from a defender, sends his shot wide. 

22:00: A powerful free-kick by Zambia's Rainford Kalaba goes narrowly wide after taking a slight deflection off a defender.

20:00: A tame free-kick by Ivory Coast's Siaka Tiene is collected by Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene.

18:00: The Elephants start to gain more possession, but are yet to break down a steadfast Zambian defence.

15:00: Ivory Coast are struggling to threaten their unfancied opponents, who appear in a better shape in the early stages of the game.

13:00: Another chance for Zambia! A looping and free header by Emmanuel Mayuka goes just over the bar.

11:00: Musonda limps off the pitch due to injury. He is replaced with Nyamba Mulenga, an early blow for Zambia.

08:00: Ivory Coast right-back Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso draws cheers from the crowd after neatly tricking a challenger on the right flank.

05:00: The match is stopped as Zambia's Joseph Musonda gets treatment after apparently picking up an injury.

04:00: The match starts at a blistering pace.

01:00: Zambia waste an early chance to take the lead!! Nathan Sinkala's low shot from inside the area is saved by Ivory Coast keeper Boubacar Barry after the defence failed to clear a corner.

01:00: An early corner kick for Zambia after a surging run by skipper Chris Katongo.

The match is underway

07:29: The players are observing a minute of silence for the victims of the Port Said tragedy in Egypt, which left 74 fans killed and scores injured.

07:25: The national anthem of both teams is being played.

07:05: The match will be refereed by Senegalese official Badara Diatta.

06:48: Zambia's starting line-up: 16-Kennedy Mweene; 4-Joseph Musonda, 13-Stoppila Sunzu, 5-Hichani Himoonde, 6-Davies Nkausu; 19-Nathan Sinkala, 3-Chisamba Lungu, 8-Isaac Chansa, 11-Chris Katongo, 17-Rainford Kalaba; 20-Emmanuel Mayuka

06:47: Ivory Coast's starting line-up: 1-Boubacar Barry; 17-Siaka Tiene, 4-Kolo Toure, 22-Souleyman Bamba, 6-Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso; 5-Didier Zokora 9-Cheik Tiote, 19-Yaya Toure, 10-Gervinho; 8-Salomon Kalou, 11-Didier Drogba

06:45: Underdogs Zambia, who caused an upset after reaching the biennial tournament’s final, are eyeing their first Nations Cup crown. They are also eager to honour the memory of the players who died in a plane crash 19 years ago.

06:35: Firm favourites Ivory Coast are targeting their first title since 1992, having failed to lift the trophy in the past three editions despite boasting a star-studded squad, spearheaded by Chelsea’s evergreen striker Didier Drogba.

06:30: Welcome to Ahram Online’s live coverage of the anticipated Nations Cup final between the Ivory Coast and Zambia in Gabon capital Libreville.

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