Ivory Coast wins 2015 AFCON after penalty shoot-out
The Elephant of Ivory Coast maintained their good history against Ghana in AFCON finals by beating the Black Stars 9-8 on penalties in the final of the 2015 AFCON after goalless draw in 120 minutes on Sunday in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.
It was a colourful day for the Elephants and a sad day for the Black Stars as the game was end to end action.
Ivory Coast dominated the early minutes of the game as they managed to win the midfield battle by pinching Ghana’s midfield to open spaces in the Black Stars half but the composure of John Boye and Jonathan Mensah kept the Ivorians strikers at bay.
After the early stages, the Black Stars came into the game very strongly stretching the Ivorians with quick and square passing game as Christian Atsu on many occasions beat Siaka Tiene to the ball.
The first half to failed to produce any goal with the Black Stars enjoying the Lion share of possession but the Ivorians created decent chances in the game.
The second half was blossom as both teams search for the opener with Ghana putting a lot of intense pressure on the Ivorians defense but the striking pair of Asamoah Gyan and Kwasi Appiah failed to glitter. In the other hand the Ivorians led by their inspirational captain Yaya Toure started pressing the Ghanaians on the flanks but Afful Harrison and Baba Rahman guided their lines very well.
The clock ticked minute by minute as the game was brought to an end with both sides failing to hit the back of the net.
The two halves of the extra time belongs Ghana as the youthful Black Stars out run the aging Ivorians as they marginally missed those chances they had, the 30 minutes of extra time failed to produce any goal as the game has to be decided by penalties.
The Ivorians in the penalty shoot-outs missed their first two kicks but recovered to beat Ghana 9-8 to win their second AFCON title after 23 years.