Africa Cup of Nations - Semi-Final
DR Congo1Ivory Coast3

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure and Serge Aurier celebrate the Ivory Coast's first goal against DR Congo

Ivory Coast reached their third Africa Cup of Nations final in nine years after proving too strong for DR Congo.

Yaya Toure put them ahead with a ferocious 20-yard shot but soon after Dieumerci Mbokani levelled with a penalty after Eric Bailly handled.

Gervinho had a header cleared off the line before he made it 2-1 when he curled in to finish off a breakaway.

The Ivorians made sure of victory when Wilfried Kanon kneed home after Serge Aurier's header had been saved.

Gervinho, outstanding throughout, had a good chance to add further gloss to the scoreline late on, but his effort was saved by the busy Robert Kidiaba.

In their quarter-final with Congo, the Leopards had clawed their way back from 2-0 down to win 4-2. But on Wednesday, they were soundly beaten by an Ivory Coast side who utilised the pace of Gervinho to superb effect and looked determined to make up for recent failures in the competition.

Beaten finalists in 2006 and in 2012, Ivory Coast's so-called 'golden generation' have been unable to add to their country's sole Cup of Nations trophy in 1992.

Wilfried Kanon
Kanon improvised brilliantly to score Ivory Cast's third goal with his knee

But despite the retirement of talisman and striker Didier Drogba, this side has started to give credence to coach Herve Renard's claim it contains the "perfect" blend of experience and youth.

After surviving an early scare when Jeremy Bokila tested the keeper with a fierce shot, The Elephants assumed control of the match. And Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure demonstrated their intent with a thunderous effort from the edge of the box to put them 1-0 up.

They were briefly pegged back when Bailly mistimed his jump to head the ball and handled instead, conceding a penalty which Mbokani confidently scored from a three-step run-up.

But Gervinho was to prove too hot for DR Congo to handle - he was denied by Gabriel Zakuani's superb headed clearance off the line via the bar, but a minute later finished emphatically after being set up by Wilfried Bony at the end of a three-on-two counter-attack.

After the break Yannick Bolasie came close for DR Congo after a superb run and shot, but there was not enough of that cutting edge from the Crystal Palace man and his team-mates.

And each time Ivory Coast came forward, they looked capable of scoring.

When more great work from Gervinho won his side a corner, the set-piece was met by a powerful header from Aurier, which keeper Kidiaba could only parry to Kanon, who converted.

Ex-Arsenal winger Gervinho almost grabbed his second of the game with two minutes left, but Kidiaba rushed out to block the Ivorian's dinked shot.

Next up for Ivory Coast will be either hosts Equatorial Guinea or Ghana, who meet in Thursday's semi-final.

Gervinho
Gervinho was the standout performer and looks set to have a big influence on the final
Dieumerci Mbokani (left)
Mbokani is thrilled after scoring the equaliser but his joy was to be short-lived

Line-ups

DR Congo

  • 1Muteba
  • 2Issama Mpeko
  • 15Kimwaki
  • 14Zakuani
  • 3KasusulaBooked at 67mins
  • 6MakiadiSubstituted forMubeleat 79'minutes
  • 22Mbemba Mangulu
  • 18CedrickSubstituted forKebanoat 69'minutes
  • 19Bokila
  • 11Bolasie
  • 9MbokaniSubstituted forKabanangaat 61'minutesBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 4Oualembo
  • 5Munganga
  • 7Mulumbu
  • 8Kage
  • 10Kebano
  • 12Mabele
  • 13Kabananga
  • 16Kudimbana
  • 17Mongongu
  • 20Mabidi
  • 21Mubele
  • 23Mandanda

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 21Bailly
  • 4K Touré
  • 22KanonBooked at 26mins
  • 17AurierBooked at 76mins
  • 19Y TouréBooked at 28mins
  • 20Gonzaroua DieBooked at 70mins
  • 5TiénéSubstituted forDiarrassoubaat 72'minutes
  • 15GradelSubstituted forKalouat 62'minutes
  • 12BonySubstituted forTraoréat 90+2'minutes
  • 10Gervinho

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamDR CongoAway TeamIvory Coast
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home24
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Congo DR 1, Côte d'Ivoire 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Congo DR 1, Côte d'Ivoire 3.

Foul by Jeremy Bokila (Congo DR).

Eric Bailly (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Lacina Traoré replaces Wilfried Bony.

Attempt blocked. Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Zakuani.

Attempt missed. Jean Kasusula (Congo DR) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Neeskens Kebano (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wilfried Kanon (Côte d'Ivoire).

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Sylvain Gbohouo.

Attempt saved. Gervinho (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Salomon Kalou.

Issama Mpeko (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire).

Attempt missed. Wilfried Kanon (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Congo DR).

Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR).

Eric Bailly (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jean Kasusula (Congo DR) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Sylvain Gbohouo.

Attempt saved. Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano with a cross.

Corner, Congo DR. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

Attempt saved. Firmin Ndombe Mubele (Congo DR) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jeremy Bokila with a headed pass.

Joël Kimwaki (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).

Substitution

Substitution, Congo DR. Firmin Ndombe Mubele replaces Cedrick Makiadi.

Attempt saved. Neeskens Kebano (Congo DR) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cedrick Makiadi.

Attempt missed. Jeremy Bokila (Congo DR) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

Booking

Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Chancel Mbemba Mangulu (Congo DR).

Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jeremy Bokila (Congo DR) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wilfried Kanon (Côte d'Ivoire).

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Ousmane Viera replaces Siaka Tiéné.

Booking

Junior Kabananga (Congo DR) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Junior Kabananga (Congo DR).

Booking

Serey Die (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neeskens Kebano (Congo DR) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Congo32104227
2Equatorial Guinea31203125
3Gabon310223-13
4Burkina Faso301214-31

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tunisia31204315
2DR Congo30302203
3Cape Verde30301103
4Zambia302123-12

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana32014316
2Algeria32015236
3Senegal311134-14
4South Africa301236-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast31203215
2Guinea30303303
3Mali30303303
4Cameroon302123-12
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