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From The Ashes To Glory! Cote D’Ivoire Beat Nigeria To Emerge As African Champions!

From The Ashes To Glory! Cote D'Ivoire Beat Nigeria To Emerge As African Champions! 2

A new champions of Africa has emerge and it’s Cote D’Ivoire, the Elephants as they came from a goal down to beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Cote D’Ivoire, who qualified for the second round of the tournament as the fourth best loser crowned their dramatic run with a came back victory over the Super Eagles.

The host started the match the better side as they created the better chances the better chances as the Super Eagles struggled to settle into the game.

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However, the Super Eagles took the lead against the run of play with five minutes to the end of the first-half via a thumping header from captain Williams Troost-Ekong.

Ekong rose highest in the box as he put the ball beyond the reach of Fofana to give the Super Eagles the lead.

The second half started with host putting pressure on Super Eagles defense and it didn’t take long before the equalizer came.

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Simon Adingra’s corner-kick found Franck Kessie in space and the midfielder made no mistake as he became the first Ivorian player to score in an AFCON final.

The Super Eagles failed to create chances for most part of the second-half as the Ivorians dominated play.

Simon Adingra, the Brighton forward beat Ola Aina on the right flank for the upteenth time before putting a brilliant cross into the box for Sebastian Haller who flicked the ball beyond Nwanbali’s reach to make it 2-1 Cote D’Ivoire.

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The introduction of Kelechi Iheanacho, Tarem Moffi, and Joe Aribo did little or nothing change the course of the match as Cote D’Ivoire held on to their lead to emerge as the new African champions.

The West African nation who had a disappointing group stage and qualified by virtue of Morocco’s 1 nil victory over Zambia in their final group stage match.

Led by Emerse Faé, one of the asisstants of the sacked Jean-Louis Gasset, Cote D’Ivoire becomes the sixth nation to host and win the tournament.

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For the Super Eagles, they added to their tally of finals they have lost, 5, the most by any country in the history of the tournament.

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