Cote d’Ivoire has qualified for the final of 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations by defeating DR Congo in the semi-final match. Ivory Coast defeated DR Congo by 3-1 to make it through final. Ivory Coast will either face Ghana or Equatorial Guinea in 2015 AFCON final on 8 February at Estadio de Bata.
Yaya Toure scored the first goal of match for Cote d’Ivoire in 20th minute. But this 1-0 lead couldn’t go further as Ivory Coast conceded penalty in 23rd minute. Dieumerci Mbokani took full advantage of it and hit the goal. Now both sides were at 1-1 all.
Ivory Coast was playing more aggressive football than DR Congo and it’s result came in 41st minute of game as Gervinho scored his 2nd goal of the tournament. Cote d’Ivoire was leading with 2-1 at the end of first half.
From the beginning of second half Dr Congo tried hard to score the level but they couldn’t beat Ivory Coast defence. Wilfried Kanon hit one more goal for Cote d’Ivoire in the match to gain team’s lead by 3-1. After full time whistle score remained same and Ivory Coast sealed the victory.
Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard was unhappy with his team as he believes that team gave too much opportunities to DR Congo and played game lightly. He also said DR Congo was a dangerous team in the tournament and they might defeat us if they were on song tonight.
Renard said, “I did not like this game. We played too easy and did not respect an opponent who fought back to beat Congo Brazzaville in the quarter-finals. We did not show enough determination – probably the small crowd did not give us the right atmosphere to do so.”
“Congo DR are always a very dangerous team. They were very fast on the counterattack with Mbokani and (Yannick) Bolasie. But the most important thing is we are now in the final and we hope to take the Cup back to Abidjan.”