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Ivory Coast, AFCON stars 2024

Ivory Coast, AFCON stars 2024

The victory marked Ivory Coast’s third Africa Cup of Nations title, adding to their previous triumphs in 1992 and 2015. It was a particularly sweet victory for Ivory Coast, who had overcome significant challenges throughout the tournament, including a coaching change mid-tournament and a dramatic comeback win in the semifinals.

In a thrilling finale to the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast secured a stunning 2-1 victory over Nigeria, clinching their third title in front of a jubilant home crowd in Abidjan.

Sébastien Haller emerged as the hero, scoring the decisive goal late in the game to complete a remarkable turnaround for the host nation.

The match began with Ivory Coast dominating possession and creating several scoring opportunities, but it was Nigeria who took the lead against the run of play through a header from captain William Troost-Ekong in the 38th minute. However, Ivory Coast fought back valiantly, with Franck Kessié equalizing in the 62nd minute with a powerful header from Simon Adingra’s corner.

The stage was set for a thrilling finale, and it was Haller who rose to the occasion, firing in the winning goal from close range in the 81st minute. Haller’s goal not only secured victory for Ivory Coast but also completed a personal triumph for the player, who had recently returned from cancer treatment.

The victory marked Ivory Coast’s third Africa Cup of Nations title, adding to their previous triumphs in 1992 and 2015. It was a particularly sweet victory for Ivory Coast, who had overcome significant challenges throughout the tournament, including a coaching change mid-tournament and a dramatic comeback win in the semifinals.

The journey to victory was a testament to the resilience and determination of the Ivory Coast team, who defied the odds to emerge victorious. Interim coach Emerse Faé, who took over during the tournament, hailed the team’s extraordinary performance, describing it as an “extraordinary tournament.”

Despite facing a talented Nigerian side, Ivory Coast maintained their composure and ultimately emerged victorious, much to the delight of their passionate supporters. The scenes of celebration in Abidjan and across the country reflected the immense pride and joy felt by the Ivorian people.

The victory also showcased the talent and depth of Ivorian football, with players like Haller and Kessié delivering standout performances throughout the tournament. Simon Adingra, who provided assists for both goals in the final, was hailed as the player of the match for his instrumental contribution to Ivory Coast’s victory.

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