Saturday February 4, 2012 Quarter-final Finished Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

Ivory Coast 3 - 0 Equatorial Guinea

  • Drogba 36’, 70’
  • Touré 82’

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  • Live Commentary

    • Ivory Coast
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • 90+4 And that's it from the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo. The Elephants are into the last four.
    • 90+3 Rui takes aims from about 35 yards out and it swerves just wide and over - that would have been some way to finish their participation in the tournament.
    • 90+1 That's almost it following the hiatus for the injuries.
    • 88' Ivory Coast break but Gervinho's cross is too close to Danilo, who collides with Doe and there is a short break as the trainer enters the field of play. His opposite number Barry is also down injured.
    • 86' Equatorial Guinea have a late opportunity to put some pressure on the Ivorian defence but the delivery did not have the required quality. Poor.
    • 84' It is a case of keeping the score down now for the co-hosts.
    • 82' Ivory Coast have a free-kick from about twenty-five yards following a foul on Gervinho and Toure Yaya steps up to bend into the top corner. What a goal. 3-0.
    • 79' Equatorial Guinea are tiring now and it would be of little surprise if Ivory Coast didn't go on to score more before the end of this one.
    • 77' The co-hosts continue to struggle to make any sort of attacking impact and even when Balboa gets past his man his cross is cut out by the first man.
    • 75' Zakora is replaced by Bony for the Elephants.
    • 73' Drogba looks to get in behind again but Doe steps across his man to prevent the chance for the hat-trick. Good through-ball from Yaya again.
    • 71' That header was from just inside the penalty area and some may look at the keeper but the header was of such quality that it would have taken a save of the highest order to prevent that from nestling in the back of the net.
    • 70' Drogba gets across his man to head past Danilo from the free-kick. Great ball in and an even better header from the Chelsea man. 2-0 and that should almost confirm the Elephants place in the semi-final.
    • 67' Equatorial Guinea giving this a good go now but Gervinho breaks and is hauled back. Yaya over the free-kick down the right.
    • 65' Kily is down injured, as is Barry, so we have a brief hiatus for the physio.
    • 63' Gervinho, Gervinho. He twists this way and that before bearing down on goal but with just the keeper to beat he overruns the ball and Danilo easily collects.
    • 61' Randy is coming to prominence and he finds Kily out on the right and his cross is a good one but with no one gambling the chance is gone.
    • 59' Gervinho strays offside whilst looking across the line - poor. Regardless his header is tipped over the bar.
    • 57' Randy is getting a fair bit of freedom down the left now and he wins a corner but a poor delivery allows Barry to claim.
    • 55' This game is very much following the pattern of Ivory Coast's tournament - winning but without playing particularly well. The signature of champions?
    • 53' In fact, it is Equatorial Guinea who are making the early running and Randy just miss-controls a great switch of play - if he got that down he was in on goal.
    • 50' Pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast aren't taking this game by the scruff of the neck ahd while their lead remains just one goal the co-hosts have a chance.
    • 48' You feel if Ivory Coast get the next goal they will comfortably see this game out.
    • 46' And we're underway in the second half.
    • 45+1 That's it from the first half.
    • 45' That looks to be the last action of the half as both sides appear to have settled for the referee's whistle.
    • 44' Ivory Coast clear but it is straight to Randy - the ball sits up and he catches it sweetly enough but Barry claims.
    • 42' It is Kily again as the outlet ball and he wins a corner.
    • 40' Kily looks a very good player but his latest cross is over hit. Equatorial Guinea must come out and attack now, which should afford more space. They'll do immeasurably well to get anything from here.
    • 38' Big celebration from Drogba - that meant a lot having missed that penalty.
    • 36' And that pressure pays off when Rui makes a mess of a simple pass. Drogba latches on to the ball before coming back on himself and firing past Danilo from inside the area. Great goal from the Chelsea man to make up for his earlier miss. 1-0.
    • 33' Ivory Coast have reacted very well to that penalty miss and are really putting their hosts under a fair bit of pressure.
    • 31' But Danilo gets a strong hand to it and pushes the ball around the post - poor penalty from the Chelsea forward and the stadium is now in raptures.
    • 29' Gradel slips the ball through to Zakora, who is hauled down in the box. Penalty and Drogba steps up.
    • 27' The Ivory Coast players are insistent that there was a handball there but it shouldn't matter as Gradel really should have finished the resulting opportunity.
    • 25' Having said that, Ivory Coast work the ball well down the left until Gervinho finds himself in the box, his effort is blocked, as is Yaya Toure's - possibly via the hand of a Equatoguinean - before Gradel lashes over!!
    • 23' There is very little urgency in the Ivory Coast's build-up play. They may have instructions to be patient but they are looking lacklustre.
    • 21' Gervinho has been Ivory Coast's stand-out player thus far, but the tournament favourites are labouring.
    • 19' Ekedo keeps the ball well as the co-hosts break but the final ball just hasn't been there thus far.
    • 17' Equatorial Guinea drop incredibly deep to open up space but a sloppy ball from Kamissoko puts his side under undue pressure - he manages to redeem his error with an impressive slide tackle in the box. Living dangerously there though.
    • 15' A great through ball from Narcisse Ekanga almost finds Balboa but Barry is quick off his line to avert the danger.
    • 13' A superb bit of skill from Randy opens some space for Equatorial Guinea and Kily fashions some space down the right before whipping a ball to the back post. Great work but Ekedo's touch lets him down and the chance is gone.
    • 11' Ivory Coast building patiently until Gervinho fires across the box. Rui clears and Gradel's resulting corner is also cleared. Pressure building here though.
    • 9' Danilo is relieved to see a Max Gradel effort from just outside the box zip past his far post. Great effort.
    • 7' Ivory Coast dominating possession during the early exchanges but Kily finds an opening for the co-hosts - his effort is wild.
    • 5' Quite a pensive start from both sides here.
    • 3' Drogba has a sniff of a header but Doe manages to do enough to make sure he doesn't have a clear sight of goal.
    • 1' We're off at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo. Ivory Coast get the game underway.
    • - The Nuevo Estadio de Malabo is full to its capacity as the captains exchange pleasantries.
    • 18:55 The referee for today's match is Eddy Maillet.
    • 18:50 Ivory Coast: Barry, Bamba, Boka, Toure, Zokora, Gosso, Coulibaly, Gradel, Toure Yaya, Gervinho, Drogba. Subs: Yeboah, Angoua, Doumbia, Kalou, Tiote, Bony, Konan, Tiene, Keita, Lolo, Eboue, Gnanahouan /// Equatorial Guinea: Danilo, Doe, Kily, Rui, Kamissoko, Juvenal, Balboa, Konate, Narcisse Ekanga, Ekedo, Randy. Subs: Pensy, Evuy, De La Cruz, Bolado, Fidjeu, Ndongo, Sipo Bohale, Ellong, Fabiani, Ovono.
    • 18:45 Equatorial Guinea will have Laurence Doe available again following suspension, while Iban Iyanga and David Alvarez are also expected to return to the team.
    • 18:40 Team news: Ivory Coast made nine changes for their final group game against Angola and will recall their first XI for Saturday's game against co-hosts.
    • 18:35 Ivory Coast, the only side yet to concede in this year’s competition and many people’s favourites, face co-hosts and purveyors of the highest number of shots from outside the box in a game for a place in the semi-finals against the winners of Gabon against Mali.
    • 18:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the African Cup of Nations quarter-final between Ivory Coast and co-hosts Equatorial Guinea from Nuevo Estadio de Malabo.
  • Summary

    • 29' Gradel slips the ball through to Zakora, who is hauled down in the box. Penalty and Drogba steps up.

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  • Ivory Coast

    Manager: François Zahoui

  • Equatorial Guinea

    Manager: Gílson Paulo

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