Sunday, 8 February 2015

IVORY COAST win the 2015 African Nation Cup,9-8 on Penalty

The victory gave the Ivorians their second title, in a repeat of the 1992 final.
On that occasion, Ivory Coast won 11-10 on penalties after a goalless draw.

They will be delighted to have emulated the feat having gone close twice since - in 2006 and 2012 - the latter of which they lost to Zambia, who were then coached by Herve Renard.

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry saved and scored the crucial spot-kicks that handed Ivory Coast a dramatic 9-8 penalty shootout win over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Barry, who appeared to cramp up during the shootout, denied fellow keeper Brimah Razak - one of five efforts missed - before slotting in the winner.

The Frenchman's success as coach of the Elephants makes him the first man to win the title with two countries.

Defeat was perhaps a little harsh on Ghana who had the better of the chances in the match and twice hit the woodwork.


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