Cote d'Ivoire beat DR Congo to set up AFCON final clash against Nigeria


Cote d'Ivoire players celebrate their victory

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire defeated DR Congo 1-0 on Wednesday in the semi-final to set of a final clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Sebastien Haller scored in the 65th minute with a brilliant shot into the roof of the net after being released inside the box by a superb lofted pass from Max Gradel to give Cote d’Ivoire 1-0 lead.

Earlier, Wilfried Singo sent a brilliant curling cross into the heart of the defence and into the path of Simon Adingra, whose header from the centre of the box went a whisker wide of the right post.

In the 29th minute, a loose ball was pounced on by Yoane Wissa inside the box. He immediately fired in a shot towards the bottom left corner, but Yahia Fofana was alert and made a comfortable save.

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In the 40th minute, Wilfried Singo swung the cross over. Haller got his head to the ball but it went just wide of the right post.

In the 59th minute, a snap shot by Franck Kessie from mid-range towards the middle of the goal caught Lionel Mpasi-Nzau flat footed, but he somehow recovered and made a brilliant save.

Midway into the second half, Haller was quickest inside the box and leapt to connect with the resulting set piece. He produced a fine header, but it floated just over the crossbar.

In the 82nd minute, Max Gradel went down under a challenge in the box, but the referee immediately waved away the appeals from all players.


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