Ivory Coast is the new ruler of Africa. Last night, "elephants" triumphed in the tournament for the African Nations Cup after a dramatic victory with 9:8 after a penalty shootout. In regular time and overtime match ended 0: 0, but at 11-meter, the luck smiled to the "orange". In practice, the history of 1992 was repeated again, when Ivory Coast defeated Ghana on penalties and then won his first title of the continent, and today added a second trophy in his cabinet.
The first half started with a good game of Ivory Coast. Orange had several good positions for detecting the result. In the 13th minute, the keeper saved great shot by Gervinho from free kick. Three minutes later a mistake in defence of Ghana allowed Gervinho to steal the ball and handed uncovered Max Gradel, who just made a rather inaccurate shot over the crossbar.
Gradually, Ghana levelled the game and also had their opportunities to open the score. In the 25-minute, long shot by Christian Atsu deflected off the post. Then in the 36th minute Baba pass to Andre Ayew in the box, striker shot from an acute angle and the second time the bar helped to "elephants".
In the second part, Ghana was closer to the goals. In the 54-minute "Black Stars" organized fast counter attack and the ball was passed to Asamoah Gyan of the penalty area, but the attacker was inaccurate. In 87-minute, Wakaso Mubarak shoot dangerous free kick, but the ball bounced off the wall and walked past the door.
Ultimately need to be played innings. In 91-minutes Ghana came to another opportunity. Atsu has been found between two defenders, he mastered the chest and firing a volley that went next to the door. 112-minutes again Atsu tried a long shot that was again next to the door.
After the extra time, never reached the goal in one of the two doors and led to a penalty shootout. Ivory Coast missed their first two penalties, but then the players of Ghana made two passes and the result by football betting predictions was equalized. Then both teams showed nerves of steel and each player was able to score, as that come to the goalkeepers to stand in the white point and they just decided the outcome of the match. Razak missed the 11th penalty for Ghana, while Boubacar Barry realize it cool and bring success to his team for the final 9:8.