RELIVE: Ivory Coast vs Ghana, Africa Cup of Nations 2015 final

Ivory Coast's Serey Die, left, is tackled by Ghana's Kwesi Appiah during their African Cup of Nations final soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 (Photo: AP)
Ahram Online
Monday 9 Feb 2015
Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Sunday's game between Ivory Coast and Ghana in the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations!!!



Penalties: Ivory Coast 9-8 Ghana 

- Keeper Barry scores!!

- Keeper Braimah scores!!

- Serey Die scores!!

- Boye scores!!

- Bailly scores!!

- Baba scores!!

- Kanon scores!!

- Afful scores!!

- Toure scores!!

- Badu scores!!

- Kalou scores!!

- Mensah scores!!

- Toure scores!!

- Andre Ayew scores!!

- Doumbia scores!!

- Acheampong misses!!

- Aurier scores!!

- Acquah misses!!

- Kanon misses!!!

- Jordan Ayew scores!!

- Bony misses!!

- Wakaso scores!!

The referee blows the final whistle, we are now heading to the penalty shootouts.

120+1 Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard makes his last substitution of the game, introducing Tello instead of Gervinho  

116' Tiene replaced by Kalou for Ivory Coast.

114' Gyan's free kick hits the Ivorian wall, Ghanaians are the better but it remains to be seen whether they will settle the game for their favor.

110' Ghana pressing now, winning the second corner in a row as Atsu's strike from outside the box misses the target.

106' The second half starts with great action! with Ghana seeing two dangerous shots hit the opponents' defense.

The second half of extra time begins.

105' Eric Bailly goes into the referee's book after fouling Jordan Ayew.

104' Afful could have cost his side dearly with following a pass to his keeper that could have been easily pounced on an opponent. 

99' Acquah skies a shot high, as Jordan Ayew replaces Appiah.

96' Gyan adjudged to have been in an offside position after nearly breaking clear.

91' Atsu controls the ball between two Ivorian defenders, as his acrobatic effort goes wide.

The extra time begins.

90+3 Toure makes a foul near the center circle...the referee blows the regular time whistle, we'll now be heading to extra time.

90' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Ivory Coast could have settled the tie in the dying minutes following a goal-mouth scramble in the opponents' box!

88' Wakasu plays the free kick but narrowly misses the target after deflecting off the wall, even so, there was no corner awarded!

87' Kanon booked by the ref following a fierce challenge on an opponent

84' Both teams seemingly now happy with the draw...

77' As the game moves towards the end, both teams become more cautious...with the second half almost limited to half chances.

75' Free kick taken by Toure...but ends up for nothing!

72' Corner for Ivory Coast, but the ball is eventually cleared away.

68'  Wakaso tries his luck from distance, but his effort goes wide.

66' The first substitution of the game, Doumbia replaces Gradel.

65' Game is mainly restricted to midfield now...

60' The game is starting to get tense now, with opponents fouling each other during collisions. 

56' Siaka Tiene booked after tugging at Atsu's shirt.

53' Atsu runs into the space behind the Ivorian left back, but the ball is eventually blasted away.

Ghana VS Ivory Coast
Ghana's Mubarak Wakaso (L) challenges Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure during the final of the 2015 African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in Bata, February 8, 2015 (Photo: ReuterS)

50' Toure wins a foul on the right after being tripped by Ayew during a characteristic run by the Ivorian.

48' Ghana bossing possession now during the opening minutes of the second half.

The second half begins.

45+1 The referee blows the half time whistle. It's half time.

45' The referee gives a one-minute stoppage time.

41' Gervinho attempts to skip past Baba down the right, but the latter brilliantly manages to recover the ball. 

40' Foul for Appiah in midfield

35' The post again!!! Ayew's effort from the a tight angle from the left hits the woodwork again!

32' Harrison Afful could have netted into his own goal after his clearance went goalwards, but the keeper gathers the ball.

28' Ghana have notably improved after a slow start, and the game's most dangerous chance so far belonged to them.

26' WHAT A CHANCE!!! Atsu's strike denied by the post!!!

25' Bony playing a one-two with Gradel, but the threat is soon contained. The duo could well daunt the Ghanaian backline.

Ghana's Afriyie Acquah, left, is tackled by Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure, right, during their African Cup of Nations final soccer match in Bata, Equatorial Guinea, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 (Photo: AP)

22' The tempo of the game is on the up now, Ghana now proving dangerous, with Ivory Coast posing threat on the counter.

19' A spell of dominance for Ghana now, with their left flank causing problems.

16' A dangerous chance!!! Max Gradel hits wide from inside the area after the Ghanaian defense had been robbed off the ball for a dangerous Ivorian attack.

15' Serey Die cautioned following a rough challenge on an opponent; surely he deserved a yellow card.

14' Toure takes the free kick, but the keeper easily collects the ball

13' Tiene was fouled by Wakasu near the final third, free kick for the Ivorians.

12' Ghana now started to push forward...

9' The Ivorians are still in control, they are the much better side during those minutes.

5' Ivory Coast are pressing Ghana in the opening minutes, with defender Mensah clearing the ball away in an acrobatic fashion.

4' Roma forward Gervinho looks to be his side's main source of danger, captalizing on oceans of space between Ghana's lines.

3' Gervinho launches a foray through the middle early on, but Ghana's defense manage to recover the ball.

The match gets underway.

20:57 Both teams have shaked hands now, just few minute till kick off!

20:35 “We have seen quality players and quality football through this tournament but we can expect even more.

20:10 Goalkeeper Boubakar Barry has been shockingly included in Ivory Coast's starting XI at the expense of regular guardian Sylvian Gbouhouo - who is there on the bench.

Starting lineups:

Ivory Coast: Boubakar Barry, Kolo Toure, Siaka Tiene, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony, Max Gradel, Serge Aurier, Yaya Toure, Die Serey, Eric Bailly, Serge Kanon 

Ghana: Razak Braimah, Kwesi Appiah, Asamoah Gyan, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Wakasu Mubarak, Abdul Rahman Baba, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Harrison Afful 

19:30 “I’m sure Yaya will play a decisive game. He will arrive in time. You saw he scored a fantastic goal in the semi-final and that was not by chance. When you are fantastic player, these key important games are for you. They are always ready. For them there is no added pressure." Ivory Coast Herve Renard said of his midfield star Yaya Toure.

19:00 “Didier Drogba, our model, our strength, we love you. It will also be for you if we make it,” Ivory Coast striker Tallo Gadji Celi said of Drogba - who hung up his international boots.

18:30 "It has been a long time since we have had a final between Ghana and Ivory Coast and we want to write our history too. This is our chance and we hope to take it," Roma forward Gervinho told AFP.

"We are very motivated. From the beginning of this competition, we said we have six games to play – we have played five and there is one remaining.”

18:00 They have been able to combine talented stars like Yaya Toure and Gervinho with hard-working teammates.

16:30 Ivory Coast, on the other hand, have been tactically shrewd and well organised when they do not have the ball.

They have been able to combine talented stars like Yaya Toure and Gervinho with hard-working teammates.

Gervinho said they are gunning for history against Ghana.

15:30 Former Nigeria skipper Sunday Oliseh, who won the Cup of Nations in 1994 and came close to another title in 2000, has tipped Ivory Coast to win, but also warned Ghana are capable of causing an upset.

"Ivory Coast is clear favourite to win the final," said Oliseh on his website.

"Player for player, Ivory Coast has better individuals than Ghana and they are playing better as a team now, especially when not in possession." He added.

14:30 Ghana have won the Cup of Nations four times but their last conquest was 33 years ago, while the Ivorians only triumph was in 1992 and, ironically, it was at the expense of Ghana

13:30 Ivory Coast face what is likely to be their sternest test of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations when they tackle Ghana on Sunday in what has been dubbed the 'dream' final

12:30 Both started this tournament slowly – the Ivorians needed to win their last group game against Cameroon to reach the knockout stage, while Ghana fought back from an opening-day loss to Senegal to make the final.

12:00 In the absence of defending champions Nigeria and record seven-time winners Egypt, two of the continent’s most consistent teams, Ivory Coast and Ghana will clash for African football's biggest prize.

Stay tuned as match is due to start at 21:00 Cairo time (23:00 GMT)

Venue: Estadio de Bata (Bata)

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