Elephants rule Africa after penalty shoot-out

Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast 0 Ghana 0 (Ivory Coast win 9-8 on penalties).

Elephants rule Africa after penalty shoot-out

The Ivory Coast won the Africa Cup of Nations last night after edging Ghana 9-8 on penalties.

Elephants goalkeeper Boubacar ‘Copa’ Barry scored the winning penalty after saving the effort of his Ghana counterpart Razak Braimah.

Frenchman Herve Renard consequently became the first coach to win the continental competition with two countries, having guided Zambia to their sole continental triumph in 2012.

A tense penalty shootout followed what was otherwise a lacklustre 120 minutes in Bata.

In a combative opening period, the Black Stars came desperately close to scoring when Christian Atsu struck the post in the 25th minute.

At the other end, Wilfried Bony failed to hit the target on the half-hour mark after being teed up on the edge of the area by Siaka Tiene.

This is the second time Ivory Coast has won the tournament, having lost in the final eight times.

IVORY COAST: Barry, Bailly, Aurier, Kanon, Kolo Toure, Tiene (Kalou 115), Die, Yaya Toure, Gradel (Doumbia 66), Bony, Gervinho (Tallo 120).

GHANA: Razak, Boye, Baba, Mensah, Afful, Wakaso, Afriyie, Andre Ayew, Atsu (Acheampong 116), Gyan (Agyemang-Badu 120), Appiah (Jordan Ayew 99).

Ref: Bakary Gassama (Gambia).

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