Ivory Coast Advances to AFCON Final with Victory Over DR Congo

Ivory Coast Advances to AFCON Final with Victory Over DR Congo

In a thrilling semifinal clash, Ivory Coast secured their place in the final of the 2024 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over DR Congo. Sébastien Haller emerged as the hero for the host nation, scoring the decisive goal in the 65th minute to send the Ivorian crowd into jubilation.

The Elephants, under the guidance of interim coach Emerse Faé, have enjoyed a remarkable run in the knockout stages of the tournament. Despite finishing third in their group, they stunned defending champions Senegal in the round of 16 and overcame Mali in the quarterfinals to set up a showdown with DR Congo.

Facing a formidable DR Congo side, Ivory Coast knew they were in for a tough battle. The game remained tight and tense throughout, with both teams creating chances. However, it was Haller who proved to be the difference-maker, latching onto Max Gradel’s cross and finding the back of the net with a clinical finish.

With this victory, Ivory Coast has reached the AFCON final for the first time since 2006, becoming the first host nation to achieve this feat since Egypt. Their journey to the final adds an extra layer of excitement to the tournament, setting up a tantalizing clash against group stage rivals Nigeria.

The final, set to take place on Sunday in Abidjan, promises to be a thrilling encounter as Ivory Coast seeks to lift the AFCON trophy on home soil. Meanwhile, DR Congo will have the opportunity to claim third place when they face South Africa in the consolation match.

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