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Ivory Coast 2-1 Nigeria (Feb 11, 2024) Recreation Evaluation

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Ivory Coast have gained the Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Sunday.

Sébastien Haller scored the profitable objective for the hosts within the 81st minute with an instinctive end after glorious work from Simon Adingra on the wing.

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William Troost-Ekong had given Nigeria the lead within the first half with a header from a harmful nook routine. A front-post scramble between a number of gamers noticed the unique supply loop into the air, and the Nigeria captain leapt to move the ball into the web.

Franck Kessié equalised from an Adingra nook within the 62nd minute, earlier than Haller’s late intervention determined the destiny of the match.

Sébastien Haller’s objective was his second of the match.

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It marks Ivory Coast’s third AFCON triumph, bringing them degree with Nigeria because the joint-fourth most profitable group in match historical past, and first since 2015. Solely Ghana (4), Cameroon (5) and Egypt (7) have extra. It’s the fifth time Nigeria have fallen brief on the closing hurdle of the competitors.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in attendance on the closing, as was Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba.

The result’s all of the extra exceptional given Ivory Coast’s victorious coach, Emerse Faé, solely took over as coach after the group stage. Veteran Frenchman Jean-Louis Gasset was the supervisor at first of the competitors, however noticed his group lose two of three video games in that preliminary spherical to fall to the brink of elimination.

Ivory Coast loved the higher of the primary half, maybe unsurprisingly given the ocean of orange within the stands and the midfield duo of Seko Fofana and Jean Michaël Seri controlling the tempo.

Nonetheless, Nigeria took the lead in opposition to the run of play within the thirty eighth minute via Troost-Ekong’s header, the Tremendous Eagles’ first effort on objective of the match.

Ivory Coast virtually hit again early within the second half, when a bouncing ball fell to the toes of Max Gradel at point-blank vary — solely to see his effort locked by the left leg of Calvin Bassey and roll harmlessly into the palms of Stanley Nwabali.

Ultimately the stress informed, with Ivory Coast scoring from a nook of their very own to sq. proceedings and ship the whole stadium — together with Drogba — into rapturous celebrations. Kessié took benefit of some suspect marking to direct a nook goalwards, and it slipped via the palms of Nwabali into the underside nook.

Haller scored the all-important objective after Adingra beat Ola Aina and delivered a pacy cross. Haller, whose profession was paused by a most cancers prognosis simply over 18 months in the past, met the cross from the left with an deft contact which arrowed into the underside proper nook of the web. 

Nigeria threw warning to the wind for the remainder of the sport, with Portuguese coach José Peseiro sending on a number of attacking substitutes to assist Victor Osimhen, who toiled up entrance on his personal for giant swathes of the new night.

However the hosts’ defence held agency to safe a well-known victory that little doubt may have Abidjan and past partying lengthy into the evening.

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