Final score - after penalties - 120'
(8)0 - 0(7)
African Nations Cup
19:00 +00:00, February 12, 2012
Stade d'Angondje, Gabon
Referee: Badara Diatta
Agony and ecstasy for Ivory Coast and Zambia...
8-7 on penalties! What a dramatic, romantic victory for the underdogs!
Zambia score through Sunzu! They win the penalty shoot-out and the 2012 African Cup of Nations!!
That's a terrible penalty, hits it well wide of the right post!
Gervinho now for Ivory Coast, it's still 7-7...
Kalaba's hit it over! Agony for Zambia!
This penalty to win it for Zambia...
Shocking from penalty, but good save from Mweene! Far too big a run up from Toure and he hit it just to the left of the 'keeper
It's Kolo Toure to take...
Nicely taken again, 7-7!
Lungu for Zambia...
Konan scores for Ivory Coast! 7-6
Sinkala scores for Zambia! An outstanding penalty, couldn't possibly have been further into the top right corner
It's another very good penalty, straight into the top left
Tiene to take for Ivory Coast...
Good penalty from Mweene, very calmly done. It's 5-5, and sudden death
It's Mweene, the goalkeeper, to take
Good penalty from Drogba, it's 5-4 (and well recovered from his earlier miss)
Drogba to take the fifth...
Good penalty, towards the top left! Good composure, it's 4-4
Katongo to take for Zambia...
4-3 to Ivory Coast, Max Gradel scoring...
It's a good penalty, hits the ball left with Barry diving right. 3-3
Chansa to take Zambia's third....
Bamba scores! 3-2 to Ivory Coast! Harsh on Zambia, that
But the referee orders a retake of the penalty, because the 'keeper left the penalty spot
Good save by Mweene!
Bamba steps up for Ivory Coast's third...
Mulenga scores his for Zambia, 2-2!
It's another good penalty, this time into the top left, 2-1!
Wifred steps up for Ivory Coast's second....
Katongo scores his penalty, he went bottom right! 1-1
It's a good penalty. Towards the top right corner. Mweene went bottom left. 1-0 Ivory Coast
Penalties are beginning now, Tiote will take Ivory Coast's first penalty...
Extra-time's over; penalties will be played...
Minutes now until a penalty shoot-out...
Good effort from Kalaba, but it's essentially over hit. Bit too high and wide
Throw in now for Zambia after Toure's clearance
Good catch again from Mweene to catch Drogba's flick on.
It's wasted though after the cross curls in, and then out into the side netting. Zambia goal-kick
Gradel's cross headed clear by Chansa. Another corner for Ivory Coast
Superb save from Mweene! Coming out to meet Gervinho with the forward through on goal. He was offside but Mweene wasn't to know that; very brave by him again
Gradel crosses again but no one's there to meet it. He's had a big impact since coming on
A penalty shoot-out looms closer...
Well collected again by Mweene, who's been very calm. He'd been criticised for being vulnerable under high balls before today but he's been very convincing tonight
Good there from Gradel again, but his cross is blocked. Corner for Ivory Coast
Half-time in extra-time, and it's still 0-0
Straight at the wall. Waste of a free-kick.
Decent chance here, and most likely the last of the half...
Zambia free-kick from shooting range after Tiote's foul on Katonga
Well defended there by Zambia, with Mweene coming out to collect Gradel's cross. Relaxed play, lots of composure there from Zambia
Ivory Coast goal-kick
Sinkala, who's had a good game, fires wide there!
Little happening so far, no goal threats of which to speak. The ball's currently being played around predictably with no risks being taken
Drogba went down there looking for another penalty but it was never on, the referee knew it wasn't a foul
So close there for Zambia, they've hit the post! Good effort by Katongo
Good goalkeeping there by Mweene, again! He's having a good game this evening
Especially given the pitch, there could be a mistake in either side, while both teams are likely to tire substantially as the game goes on
End of normal time: Zambia 0-0 Ivory Coast
The winger hurt himself in the process that was probably the last chance of normal time. Brave goalkeeping, that.
Well defended from Mweene, saving from Gervinho's cross after the corner
Mayuka was about to volley in what very possibly could have been the winning goal but Toure timed his challenge perfectly to prevent any shot
Close there from Mayuka! Superb defending from Toure and an equally good pass by Chansa in the build-up there
Good defending from Toure there, with Mayuka attacking
Ivory Coast again have the ball in defence. There'll be four minutes of added time
So close there for Gradel! Closest yet for either side! The winger did very well to find space in the penalty area but dragged his shot just wide
Yaya Toure off, Wilfred on
Chansa fouls Gradel. Ivory Coast free-kick...
Gradel's corner punched clear by Mweene!
They've a corner, now...
Yaya Toure's shot cleared! Ivory Coast are enjoying are decent period of possession here
Each side has had seven shots off target tonight; another sign of where it is they're going wrong
Zambia fire wide! Ivory Coast goal-kick
Sinkala mishits his long pass after the ball bobbled just before he connected with it. Drogba also complained about the penalty spot after his penalty miss, and though that's no surprise from him, the pitch has appeared suspect tonight
This is where both teams have been lacking tonight - in the final third
Good play by Mayuka as he breaks, but his final ball is poor and Ivory Coast recover the ball
But it comes to nothing and Zambia have a goal-kick
Corner for Ivory Coast after Tiene's cross is blocked
Again, Ivory Coast have the superior quality but Zambia are well organised could easily score on the counter
Difficult to predict how this game will end, with both sides clearly capable of winning
Konan Ya won the header but he couldn't direct it goalwards. Decent cross but Drogba was also waiting and it's come to nothing
Drogba fouled by Lungu. Ivory Coast free-kick
Ya wins a throw-in for Ivory Coast with his first attack
Zokora off, Konan Ya on
Mulenga off, Katongo on
Both sides making some substitutions...
Zambia really need to be more composed here if they're to make something of this. They seem to struggle when entering Ivory Coast's half
What relief for Zambia. Ivory Coast are attacking here again, however...
It seems Drogba has bottled it again in another big final!
That's an awful penalty! He's hit it well over the bar; shocking from Drogba!
Drogba to take the penalty...
Penalty to Ivory Coast! Idiotic challenge by Chansa on Gerviho, pushing the winger in the penalty area - what was he thinking?
Better there from Ivory Coast, with Max Gradel dribbling into the penalty area before the ball was cleared. More urgency now in the game
Free-kick to Ivory Coast after Bamba fouls Mayuka. No real danger so it was a silly foul, and the defender's protests have earned him a yellow card
Kalou off, Max Gradel on
The Newcastle midfielder was booked for the foul on Kalaba
Ivory Coast now countering
Nice play from Mayuka, but his cross is deflected out for a corner...
But Sinkala's penalised for the foul after Tiote's header fails to clear. Free-kick to Ivory Coast
Kalaba to take the corner...
Closer from Zambia, it's another corner after Tiene heads clear
Corner to Zambia!
Chansa breaks and crosses but K Toure blocks well. Ivory Coast back with the ball again
But Kalaba crosses too close to Barry and the 'keeper collects without any real threat
Free-kick now to Zambia. Another crossing opportunity for them
Poor again from Gervinho, failing to control the ball and conceding a throw-in
But it comes to nothing. Zambia goal-kick
Free-kick to Ivory Coast for the foul on Bamba, and a crossing opportunity
Ivory Coast now exchanging the ball in defence
Poor start to the second-half here, with both teams looking flat, particularly when compared to the first-half
Throw-in to Ivory Coast in their own half
Gosso fouls Nyambe. Free-kick to Zambia
Better there from Gervinho,crossing for Drogba but the striker fails to control and gifts Zambia a goal-kick
Poor from Gervinho; the wideman was in a crossing opportunity but did so poorly, ambitiously trying to cross behind the defender instead of cutting back to do so. Zambia goal-kick
A clash of heads early on as already stopped play, with Drogba currently down
Zambia kick-off for the second-half...
Half-time: Ivory Coast 0-0 Zambia
But it's a Zambia free-kick because of a foul by Bamba
Ivory Coast corner...
Perhaps there's something wrong with the pitch, as he's the third to do something similar this evening
Gosso kicks the air instead of the ball and falls over his feet...
Two minutes of stoppage time to be played...
He seems to be recovering, but play's still yet to re-start
Gosso's now down injured...
Good catch again from Mweene. He's yet to be truly tested but remains alert and has been decisive and commanding so far
Some good end-to-end football being played here...
Katongo shoots wide for Zambia. Decent chance again
Good goalkeeping there from Mweene, catching the deep cross and making sure Drogba can't collect the loose ball and doing so on the very edge of the penalty area
Comes to nothing! Another wasted chance
Wasted chance by Gervinho as the Arsenal man fails to connect with the ball properly when in a good shooting position...
Well defended from Kolo Toure, heading Zambia's cross away and clearing the danger
An obvious concern for Zambia, however, will be the fact that Ivory Coast obviously have superior players, and also a physically bigger side. That could prove crucial as the game progresses, particularly if they don't score
Very much an even game, so far
Ivory Coast throw-in after Zambia's cross into the penalty box comes to nothing
Zambia now with the ball at the back...
Zambia have a throw-in after Zokora's uncertain clearance.
That was their best chance of the game and it's gone to waste, Toure was well set-up there by Drogba. Should of been a goal.
Yaya Toure fires just wide!
Gervinho tackled by Sinkala. Ivory Coast throw-in
Zambia are certainly proving more dangerous in the final third, even if they're not having as much possession as they'd perhaps like
Wasteful from Chansa, firing well over the bar! Decent chance that, for Zambia
Kalaba shoots but there's not enough power on his effort, and Barry saves comfortably
But Zambia defend well and clear comfortably
And it's another corner...
But it also comes to nothing - Kalou should have done better. Corner to Ivory Coast
Kalaba then wastes the corner, and Ivory Coast counter...
Decent effort from Kalaba, but it's deflected wide for a corner
Gosso's foul led to the decision. Shooting range for Zambia
Free-kick to Zambia
Ivory Coast with the ball in defence again. They're not particularly fluid in possession because Zambia are holding their shape and defending well, but Ivory Coast are certainly dominating possession
Good effort from Tiene, curling his shot on target but it was ultimately a comfortable save from Mweene
It's another free-kick for Ivory Coast for Lungu's foul on Drogba. This one's closer in and gives them a genuine scoring chance.
Nice play there from Ivory Cast, but Lungu defended well to intercept Yaya Toure's through-ball to Gervinho
The free-kick comes to nothing. Ivory Coast with the ball back in defence again
Foul by Sinkala on Drogba. Free-kick, from long shooting distance, for to Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast now patiently keeping the ball at the back
Close for Zambia! Mayuka's header looped over the bar but it wasn't well defended from Ivory Coast who could now be behind.
Musonda off, Mulenga on
He's coming off injured, and he's in tears. Even Drogba - and I say "even" because he's an Ivory Coast player, that's not a judgement on his character - consoles the left-back. Sad to see him so upset but it's heart-warming to see the others console him
Musonda still looks in some pain. He may have to come on.
Mayuka, who's been Zambia's best player throughout this tournament, sends a cross into Ivory Coast's penalty box but it's headed clear
Nice football there from Zambia, stringing together several passes in midfield before the final ball was intercepted. Nice idea, though
Ivory Coast clear...
Zambia throw-in deep into Ivory Coast's half
The 34-year-old Musonda is still down in some pain following the tackle on Gervinho.
It's a bright start to the game, and promises more than much of the other football that has been played today
Well defended by Zambia, Ivory Coast were looking to play Gervinho in but Musonda tackled well.
Ivory Coast are now on the attack but Gervinho's cross is overhit. Zambia throw-in
Good save, Sinkala struck the ball very well there but Barry dived to save. Could have been a dream start for Zambia
Bright start by Zambia, they've won an early corner
It's an emotional occasion for Zambia but Ivory Coast remain the favourites
Ivory Coast kick-off...
A minute's silence has been observed by the players, and the game is about to kick-off...
Both teams currently appear relaxed...
Zambia, conversely, have no big name players but are on the verge of a dramatic victory so are also likely to be confident.
Ivory Coast are obviously the big favourite's for tonight's game, with Drogba, Kalou, Gervinho, Zokora, Tiote and the Toure brothers all proven at high levels (and most set to return to the Premier League, where they've been missed by their clubs).
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