Ivory Coast

Zaha Books Algeria Showdown For Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast will meet The Desert Foxes in the Africa Cup of Nations last eight thanks to a winner from Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha against Mali.

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Moussa Marega in action with Ismael Traore. Photograph: Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Two-time champions will meet Algeria in the last eight after they dispatched Guinea 3-0 in Cairo on Sunday.

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Mali started the stronger of the teams with a back-heel pass from Moussa Marega that found Hamari Traore blasted over.

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Credit: CAF Online

Marega himself twice came close before the break as Ivory Coast struggled to get a foothold.

The Elephants improved after the break, though, and should have taken the lead 67 minutes in when Jonathan Kodjia could only find the side-netting after goalkeeper Djigui Diarra had slipped.

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Baeutiful fan. Credit: CAF Online


Zaha opened the scoring nine minutes later with a fine finish past Diarra.

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The Elephants will now face Algeria in the quarter finals.

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