Africa Cup of Nations - Quarter Final
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Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria

Ivory Coast players celebrate
Ivory Coast celebrate reaching their second semi-final in three tournaments

Wilfried Bony scored twice to take Ivory Coast into the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The new Manchester City striker headed the Elephants in front from a right-wing cross by Max Gradel.

Hilal Soudani equalised for Algeria against the run of play early in the second half and then forced goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo into a brilliant save.

Gbohouo was rewarded when Bony headed in Yaya Toure's free-kick and Junior Tallo set up Gervinho for a late third.

The margin of victory flattered Ivory Coast in what was an even contest and before former Arsenal striker Gervinho confirmed the result on the break, they had been under pressure from Algeria.

Their defence seemed all over the place at times and semi-final opponents DR Congo will have taken note.

Algeria, in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010, made the brighter start to the contest and almost went ahead in the ninth minute.

Yacine Brahimi raced into the left-hand side of the penalty area and the Elephants' defence failed to deal with his cross, allowing Soudani to get in a shot which was well held by Gbohouo.

Herve Renard
Ivory Coast boss Herve Renard was ordered by the referee to put a bib over his white shirt as it clashed with Algeria's kit

In the 21st minute, Riyad Mahrez volleyed over from close range but then Ivory Coast hit back.

Two minutes later, Gradel floated in a free-kick from the left and Serge Aurier's downward header hit the base of the post and then in the 26th minute they took the lead.

Gradel was again involved as he delivered a testing cross from the right and Bony escaped the defence to head home from eight yards.

Bony shot wide from distance towards the end of the first half before at the other end, Saphir Taider's sharp volley was confidently saved by Gbohouo.

The start of the second half mirrored the start of the first with one team dominating but the other one scoring.

This time Ivory Coast were the team who started on top but a comedy of errors in their defence after a deep cross into their penalty area finally saw the ball fall to Soudani, who fired it home.

Hilal Soudani celebrates his goal
Algeria goalscorer Hilal Soudani plays his club football for Dinamo Zagreb

That sparked a spell of dominance from the Desert Foxes with Gbohouo twice having to clear his lines before he made an amazing 66th minute save from Soudani's point-blank effort.

The momentum changed and two minutes later Bony restored Ivory Coast's lead when he climbed highest to head Yaya Toure's set-piece inside the near post.

Algeria piled on the pressure in the closing stages but could not find an equaliser and Gervinho finished them off when he passed the ball into the net.

Line-ups

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 21Bailly
  • 4K Touré
  • 22Kanon
  • 17Aurier
  • 19Y Touré
  • 20Gonzaroua Die
  • 5TiénéSubstituted forDoukoureat 67'minutes
  • 10Gervinho
  • 12BonySubstituted forGadji-Celi Carmel Juniorat 90+1'minutes
  • 15Gradel

Substitutes

  • 1Barry
  • 2Diarrassouba
  • 3Assalé
  • 6Doukoure
  • 7Doumbia
  • 8Kalou
  • 11Gadji-Celi Carmel Junior
  • 13Akpa-Akpro
  • 14Diomande
  • 18Traoré
  • 23Mandé

Algeria

  • 23M'bolhi
  • 20Mandi
  • 2Bougherra
  • 12Medjani
  • 3Ghoulam
  • 19TaïderBooked at 90mins
  • 14BentalebBooked at 78mins
  • 10Feghouli
  • 11Brahimi
  • 7MahrezSubstituted forBelfodilat 72'minutes
  • 15SoudaniSubstituted forSlimaniat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Doukha
  • 4Cadamuro
  • 5Halliche
  • 6Mesbah
  • 8Lacen
  • 9Belfodil
  • 13Slimani
  • 16Zemmamouche
  • 17Kadir
  • 18Djabou
  • 21Kashi
  • 22Zeffane
Referee:
Bakary Gassama

Match Stats

Home TeamIvory CoastAway TeamAlgeria
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away7
Fouls
Home28
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Côte d'Ivoire 3, Algeria 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Côte d'Ivoire 3, Algeria 1.

Goal!

Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 3, Algeria 1. Gervinho (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Junior Tallo following a fast break.

Dangerous play by Ishak Belfodil (Algeria).

Kolo Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Carl Medjani (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Junior Tallo (Côte d'Ivoire).

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Junior Tallo replaces Wilfried Bony.

Booking

Saphir Taïder (Algeria) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Aissa Mandi (Algeria).

Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Saphir Taïder (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gervinho (Côte d'Ivoire).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sylvain Gbohouo (Côte d'Ivoire) because of an injury.

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Sylvain Gbohouo.

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Sylvain Gbohouo.

Attempt saved. Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Serey Die (Côte d'Ivoire).

Attempt missed. Islam Slimani (Algeria) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Faouzi Ghoulam with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aissa Mandi.

Saphir Taïder (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gervinho (Côte d'Ivoire).

Foul by Islam Slimani (Algeria).

Sylvain Gbohouo (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Algeria. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

Attempt blocked. Islam Slimani (Algeria) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

Booking

Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Algeria).

Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire).

Yacine Brahimi (Algeria) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Serey Die (Côte d'Ivoire).

Foul by Madjid Bougherra (Algeria).

Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Madjid Bougherra (Algeria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).

Substitution

Substitution, Algeria. Ishak Belfodil replaces Riyad Mahrez.

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