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Summary

  1. Ivory Coast into the Africa Cup of Nations final
  2. Yaya Toure's stunning strike opens scoring
  3. Mbokani levels from the spot for DR Congo
  4. Gervinho sweeps in Ivory Coast's second before Kanon pokes in
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your Afcon player for the Premier League?

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

So who will join Ivory Coast in Sunday's final? Hosts Equatorial Guinea or Ghana? Be back here tomorrow. Thanks for joining us.

Thursday's Afcon semi-final preview

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

So, on to the second semi-final. Hosts Equatorial Guinea v Ghana.

Ghana - aka Black Stars - have not won the tournament since 1982, despite making the final four in the last four Afcons.

"Football being what it is, sometimes you take your chances, sometimes you don't. We've worked hard to get to this point so now we want to take the opportunity to progress," says assistant coach Maxwell Konadu.

Some consider Equatorial Guinea to be lucky to be in this position. A dubious penalty decision in the dying minutes by Mauritian referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn turned the tide in favour of the hosts against Tunisia in the quarter-final.

The referee was subsequently banned for six months for a "poor performance".

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

So that is Ivory Coast's second final in three tournaments. Their coach Herve Renard was the coach of Zambia who defeated The Elephants 8-7 on penalties. If you don't know what he looks like, imagine David Ginola's older and more bohemian brother.

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Sulaimon Adelekan: The Ivorian team following the steps of Nigeria in 2013. Started poorly, improved and ended with the trophy.

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

The Ivory Coast players run over to their fans - do a jig of joy then hold hands with each other and leap half a foot in the air. The last part of that was a bit poor, but they won't care.

IVORY COAST REACH AFCON 2015 FINAL

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

That is it. Ivory Coast are in the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

Matthew Kenyon

BBC Sport in Bata

"I have really enjoyed seeing this DR Congo side at this tournament, particularly in the knockout stages. They have fully played their part in a hugely entertaining game and I think they can rightly challenge for third place at this tournament."

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

The 6ft 8in striker Lacina Traore - who Everton fans might remember - is on for Ivory Coast team-mate Wilfried Bony.

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

... but the free-kick comes to nothing and we are into stoppage time, which there will be three minutes of.

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Abbot Oghenekaro: Looking forward to an Ivory Coast vs Ghana final. Anything short of this would lead to a boring final.

Eyobel Gomini: This Ivory Coast team are going stronger and stronger...they will definitely win this.

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

It's a free-kick to DR Congo on the right-hand side of the area...

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

Matthew Kenyon

BBC Sport in Bata

"It is remarkable that a country of the footballing pedigree of the Ivory Coast have only won this tournament once."

GREAT SAVE!

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

DR Congo's Robert Kidiaba denies Gervinho another goal by coming out and blocking his shot near the edge of the area.

Gervinho
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DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

Four minutes of normal time remaining. It looks like it's an Ivory Coast win.

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Bonny mi wa: In Nairobi with DR Congo fan, it is tense here.

CLOSE!

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

What an error by Serge Aurier - he heads back to keeper Sylvain Gbohouo unaware that two DR Congo forwards anticipated his header. Luckily for Ivory Coast Gbohouo was alert to the danger, although for some reason he elected to push the ball up in the air before grabbing hold of it. As you do.

SUBSTITUTION

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

DR Congo's Firmin Mubele is on for Cedric Makiadi. He is a promising striker and was named the best Africa-based player of 2014. He needs to prove his worth with 10 minutes remaining.

YELLOW CARD

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier goes into the book for time wasting on a throw-in.

YELLOW CARD

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

DR Congo substitute Junior Kabananga dives to try to reach Yannick Bolasie's ball into the area, but opts to use his hand instead of his head which lands him in trouble with referee Neant Alioum.

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport in Bata

"They scored in a very similar point in the second half as they did in the first. It goes in off his knee but it doesn't matter how they go in, Ivory Coast are in control. Herve Renard will be happy with what he is seeing, especially after his side started off poorly."

GOAL

DR Congo 1-3 Ivory Coast - Wilfried Kanon

If anyone can Kanon can. Yaya Toure's corner is headed at goal by Serge Aurier. His effort is pushed away by Robert Kidiaba, but Wilfried Kanon is at hand to cannon in the loose ball... with his knee.

Wilfried Kanon celebrates
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YELLOW CARD

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Kiritcho Kasusula picks up a yellow after leaving Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony on the deck. Fair decision.

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Just waiting for the DR beat to start beating again for one big assault on the Ivory Coast defence. At the moment, The Elephants are quite comfortable.

SUBSTITUTIONS

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Strange substitution from the outside. DR Congo goalscorer Dieumerci Mbokani is replaced by Junior Kabananga. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast's Salomon Kalou, who plies his trade at Hertha Berlin these days, is on for Max Gradel.

GREAT SAVE AND OUCH!

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure puts on the afterburners and enters the right hand side of the area before bulleting a powerful shot that appears to come off the stomach of keeper Robert Kidiaba. Painful. But the keeper shows know pain. Rocky would be proud.

Yaya Toure
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Festus Abrah-Yeboah: Hoping for more of such runs from Bolasie. He is obviously the main danger man for DR Congo

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport in Bata

"You want to see Bolasie driving at defenders and he did that there. This is more what DR Congo fans will want to see. It is like the final five minutes of a knockout tie at the moment with play swinging from one to the other."

GREAT SAVE!

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

A bit of magic from DR Congo's Yannick Bolasie, which sees him drift past four players inside the area, finishes with a low shot saved by Sylvain Gbohouo - beautiful weaving from the Crystal Palace man.

At the other end, Yaya Toure drags an angled shot wide.

Yannick Bolasie
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DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Gervinho fancies it a little. A very characteristic spurt down the wing ends up with him coming inside and forcing a block from keeper Robert Kidiaba. The resulting corner comes to nothing.

ERM... WE'RE A MAN SHORT

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Hang on! Hang on! Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier arrives on the pitch about a minute after the restart. Seriously! The ref didn't notice - did he care?

KICK-OFF

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

The teams are back on to the pitch. Yaya Toure and Gervinho are having a quick chat. We are back under way.

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Festus Abrah-Yeboah: I thought DR Congo had gotten over their comical defending and ball holding......a sweet finish by Gervinho nevertheless.

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Matthew Kenyon

BBC Sport in Bata

"I've enjoyed this very much. I don't think defensive coaches will have enjoyed it but it has been a good watch. Ivory Coast showed some maturity by not going to pieces when they gave away the penalty and got themselves back in front. On balance I think they just about deserve the lead at the break."

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Victor Anaedobe: I still think this match will go down the wire. DRC has goals in them.

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Piers Edwards

BBC Africa sport in Bata

"DR Congo have struggled to create clear opportunities but they do look a threat and they do look like they will take their chances when they come. I don't think this game is over yet, they are right in it."

HALF-TIME

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Yaya Toure, Serge Aurier, Gervinho
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The Elephants have the lead, although defensively they still look shaky. It'll either end 4-4 after 90 mins, or DRC will get battered. I reckon.

INJURY TIME

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

There are two minutes of added time. We could still have another two goals.

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DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Daniel Woodley: This could end up 5-5. And that's before penalties! Both defences can't defend! Brilliant game for the neutral.

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast

Matthew Kenyon

BBC Sport in Bata

"The Congolese midfield and defence evaporated allowing a three on two break and when you have Gervinho, Bony and Serey up there then it is dangerous. Gervinho had so much time. The Congolese defence are talking to each other, asking what went wrong, well what went wrong was that they all went missing."

GOAL

DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast - Gervinho

Three against two. Manchester City's new signing Wilfried Bony plays in Roma winger Gervinho who slides his strike past Robert Kidiaba in the DRC goal.

Moments earlier, Gervinho's header came off the crossbar. Over to you DR Congo.

Gervinho celebrates
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