Source: Ismail Akwei | GhanaWeb
Penalties Taken : 11 11
Penalties scored Ghana 8 Ivory Coast 9
120 + 2 mins Substitution (OUT) Gervinho Gadji Tallo (IN)
120 + 1 mins Substitution (OUT) Asamoah Gyan Badu (IN)
120 + 1 mins THAT’S IT! We are headed to penalties! Brace yourselves…
120 minns One minute of stoppage time before penalties. Brimah shows he’s still on top of his game as he runs off his line to collect the ball ahead of Gervinho. Both teams make their last substitutions in anticipation of penalties with Gervinho and Asamoah Gyan giving way. Two star players will not be participating in the shootout, though both of them have had their fair share of issues from the spot previously.
118 mins With just two minutes to go, the players appear to have accepted the fact that this one will be settled by penalties. Certainly a late goal would come as a massive shock and it would be very harsh on the team who concede.
117 mins Substitution (OUT) Christian Atsu Frank Acheampong(IN)
116 mins Substitution (OUT) Siaka Tiéné Salomon Kalou (IN)
116 mins Salomon Kalou enters the match now with Siaka Tiene giving way. This is most certainly a change made by Herve Renard with penalties in mind. Meanwhile, Ghana make one of their own as Frank Acheampong enters the match in place of Christian Atsu.
114 mins The free kick count for Ghana is rising as Bailly appears to be losing his head a bit here. The centre-back has been going at it with Boye all night and now has his sights set on Jordan Ayew as he committs successive fouls on the substitute. He then takes the ensuing free kick in the face and goes down as the medical staff comes out to attend to him.
113 mins Substitution (OUT) Siaka Tiéné Salomon Kalou(IN)
112 mins WIDE! The delivery from Jordan Ayew is cleared behind for another corner. Again Cote d’Ivoire deal with it, but Atsu latches onto the clearance from 25 yards out. He tries to bounce a half-volley towards goal, but sends it wide at the near post.
110 mins IT’S ALL OPENING UP NOW! Jordan Ayew has provided a real spark since coming on and he creates yet another chance for his side as he bursts into the area. Kolo Toure does well to stay with him and shows his experience, sliding in to send the ball behind for a corner.
109 mins SO CLOSE! Gervinho finally springs to life, after being disturbingly quiet throughout. He makes a great run into the area and picks out Doumbia in the centre, but the striker cannot turn and get a shot off as his first touch runs safely into the arms of Brimah.
107 mins Brilliant pass! Mubarak picks out Gyan, but the striker lacks the pace to get behind the defence. Cote d’Ivoire only partially deal with it and the clearance falls kindly to the midfielder, but his follow-up shot is blocked behind for a corner.
106 mins Ghana get the second half underway! Just 15 minutes left for either side to find a winner or we are headed to penalties.
105 + 1 mins Yellow Card E. Bertrand
105 + 1 mins From the left of the penalty area, Mubarak picks out Atsu with his delivery. The winger hits a shot first-time but fails to put it on target as the first half of extra time comes to an end.
105 mins Great run from the substitute! Jordan Ayew makes a wonderful run on the left, putting his fresh legs to use, getting in behind Bailly. The defender lunges into a poor tackle and is shown a yellow card. The Black Stars have a real chance here with the ensuing free kick.
104 mins Another corner for the Elephants is wasted as the delivery is sent straight into the arms of Brimah.
103 mins Cote d’Ivoire seem to be saving their best for last in this first half of extra time, as they manage some good pressure with the break approaching. An ill-advised back-pass by Baba puts Brimah under a ton of pressure, but the keeper does well to clear the danger.
101 mins Chances are few and far between in this extra time period as neither side looks capable of mustering up the energy needed to push forward and create. This first half has been limited to long, searching balls forward and ambitious strikes from well out.
99 mins Substitution (OUT) Kwesi Appiah Jordan Ayew (IN)
99 mins Jordan Ayew is up with his bib off as he looks set to be coming on shortly. The captain’s brother has had a very up and down tournament, but what a great chance this would be for him to write his name in Ghana footballing folklore!
97 Just offside! Atsu sends a great ball through for Gyan who gets behind the defence into acres of space, but the flag is up as the striker just mistimes his run.
95 mins STAT ATTACK: Ivory Coast are making their third appearance in the finals at the Africa Cup of Nations in six tries. They lost in both 2006 and 2012 on penalties, while their only success at the tournament in 1992 also came via the shootout. All three matches finished 0-0, as well.
93 mins Tired legs are certainly setting in now which could dictate this extra time period as injuries and slips come into effect. The Elelphants enjoy a good spell of possession in the final third, but Ghana continue to defend admirably.
91 mins Extra time is underway as Cote d’Ivoire kick-off!
90 mins The players are laying out on the pitch, huddled around their coaches and receiving treatment as they get set for a tense and dramatic 30 minutes of extra time. Substitutions will surely come into play now.
90 + 3 mins That’s it! The referee sounds his whistle for full time and we are headed to penalties in the final at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations!
90 + 2 mins Into the second of three minutes of stoppage time here, and fatigue looks like it is setting in. The two sides have accepted the inevitable now it seems and are bracing themselves for another 30 minutes. It is not so much a desire to win, but a fear of losing that has brought us to this point
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Ghana have yet to really settle into the match but they need to get sorted quickly here. They are struggling to keep possession which has allowed Cote d’Ivoire to apply relentless pressure on the back four. With the quality they have in attack, the Black Stars can ill-aford to sit back and defend for 90 minutes. Slow starts were a bit of an issue for them in the group stage.
5’Early pressure from Cote d’Ivoire and that will have to please coach Herve Renard. They win themselves a corner, but Ghana clear. It goes only as far as Serey Die who latches onto the end of it for a shot, but Rahman Baba gets a good block in to deny the opportunity. Pressure remains on, however, and the Elephants win themselves another corner.
3’Lively start from the Elephants who create the first trouble of the match for Ghana on the counter. Gervinho shows excellent pace to get behind the midfield, but a strong touch lets him down as John Boye makes a poised challenge to sniff out the chance.
1’The Elephants kick-off and this tasty final is underway! Cote d’Ivoire are in orange. Ghana in white. This has all the makings of a classic, so sit back and enjoy the action!
Black Stars coach Avram Grant has also opted to make just one change, bringing Asamoah Gyan back into the starting XI after recovering from a hip injury, moving Jordan Ayew to the bench. It is the same starting lineup Ghana used in their 3-0 victory over Guinea in the quarter-finals. The in-form Andre Ayew will have his hands full on the flank as he will be tasked with generating offense as well as providing much needed support to Rahman Baba as he is asked to defend Max Gradel and Serge Aurier.
Herve Renard has opted for just one change to the starting XI which faced DR Congo in the semi-finals, bringing Boubacar Barry back into goal in place of the injured Sylvain Gbohouo. Everything else remains the same for the Elephants, who will continue to rely on the expertise of midfielder Yaya Toure and the lethal strike partnership between Wilfried Bony and Gervinho.
GHANA SUBS: Gyimah, Awal, Agyemang-Badu, J. Ayew, Sowah, Rabiu, Asante, Otoo, Dauda, Amartey, Accam, Acheampong.
COTE D’IVOIRE SUBS: Viera, Assale, Doukoure, Doumbia, Kalou, Tallo, Akpa Akpro, Diomande, Traore, Sayouba.
GHANA (4-4-2): Brimah; Afful, Boye, Mensah, Baba; Atsu, Acquah, Mubarak, A. Ayew; Gyan, Appiah.
COTE D’IVOIRE (4-4-2): Barry; Aurier, Bailly, K. Toure, Kanon; Gradel, Serey Die, Yaya Toure, Tiene; Bony, Gervinho.
Ghana will look at tonight as a chance to cap off a splendid period for their national team, while Cote d’Ivoire will hope to exact revenge on the nation that stole the limelight from under them. Here is the confirmed team news:
The similarities between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are eerily similar. Both teams made their first World Cup appearance in 2006, only the Black Stars hardly warranted the same amount of attention – or at least it started that way. Ghana worked hard to earn their reputation as African powerhouses, performing arguably how their counterparts should have. They reached the knockout stage at the 2006 World Cup and followed it up with a quarter-final appearance in 2010, all the while reaching four consecutive semi-final berths at the Africa Cup of Nations. Like the Elephants, however, Ghana have been waiting since 1982 to lift the trophy again and will fancy their chances to end a 33 year drought on this beautiful night in Bata.
Cote d’Ivoire have been touted for glory ever since their first World Cup appearance in 2006. The Elephants have produced plenty of top talents who have enjoyed success at the club level for a number of years now, but the national team has yet to live up the hype and expectations, exiting the World Cup in the group stage three times running. It has been a long wait, since 1992 to be precise, since they last won the Africa Cup of Nations, but today is their chance. And how ironic would it be if they finally lifted the trophy in their first tournament without arguably the best player to ever come out of the country in Didier Drogba?
Hello football fans and welcome to the final match at the Africa Cup of Nations from the Estadio de Bata! What a match we have for you today as two CAF footballing powerhouses, and West African neighbours, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire look to end lengthy droughts and hoist the title for the first time in over two decades. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!
The starting line-up for Cote d’Ivoire: B. Barry, W. Kanon, S. Tiéné, E. Bertrand, K. Touré, S. Aurier, Y. Touré, G. Serey Die, W. Bony, Y. Gervinho, M. Gradel.
The starting line-up for Ghana: R. Brimah, H. Afful, J. Boye, J. Mensah, A. Baba, A. Acquah, W.