Ivory Coast vs Ghana, 2015 Afcon Final

The Ivory Coast (CIV) vs Ghana (GHA) match is a 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations final scheduled to take place on Sunday night February 8, 2015 at Estadio de Bata in the city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea (EQG) to determine the winner of the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations.

2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations Champions Ivory Coast
Competition 2015 CAF Afcon
Administrator CAF
Home Team Ivory Coast
Away Team Ghana
Date February 8, 2015
Time 20:00 (EG)
21:00 (South Africa)
Venue Estadio de Bata
City Bata, EQG
Attendance TBD
Weather Mostly Cloudy, No Wind
29 °C (84 °F)
12% Precipitation
79% humidity

Match

Half-time Score 0-0
Full-time Score 0-0
After Extra Time 0-0
Penalties 9-8
CIV. Goal Scorer N/A
GHA. Goal Scorer N/A
Man of the match Boubacar Barry

Match Officials

Referee Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistants Djibril Camara (SEN)
Ali Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Fourth Official Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

The 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations final was contested between Ivory Coast and Ghana on Sunday February 8, 2015 at Estadio de Bata in the city of Bata in Equatorial Guinea.

The match marked the second Ivory Coast – Ghana meeting in the African Cup of Nations final; they previously met in 1992 where the former won 11-10 on penalties.

Going into the final Ivory Coast made only one (1); they substituted the goalkeeper, Sylvain Gbohouo, who had started all their matches in the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations with a far more experienced Boubacar Barry.

Ghana also made one change from their previous match by reintroducing their trusted forward and captain Asamoah Gyan.

The match failed to produce any goals in regulation time and therefore was sent to extra-time.

After the 30 minutes of extra-time neither team had been able to score and the match was sent to spot-kicks.

In a marathon penalty shootout; every single player on the field including goalkeepers had to step up and take one.

Ivory Coast missed their first two penalties but Ghana squandered their advantage when they missed their third and fourth penalties.

It came down to goalkeepers in the 11th round of penalties; Boubacar Barry of Ivory Coast saved the penalty of Brimah Razak of Ghana and then stepped up to kick against him and scored the penalty that saw Ivory Coast crowned 2015 African Champions.

 

Ivory Coast’s Road to the Final

Ivory Coast was in Group D of the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations qualifications; they opened their qualification campaign with a 2-1 victory against Sierra Leone, followed up with a 4-1 defeat against Cameroon and defeated Congo DR 2-1.

Ivory Coast lost to Congo DR 4-3 in the return leg, defeat Sierra Leone 5-1 in the return leg and held Cameroon to a goalless draw in the return leg which saw them conclude their campaign placed second with ten (10) points behind group winners Cameroon.

During the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations draw held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, on December 3, 2014 Ivory Coast was placed in pot 1 as the team with the second highest points behind Ghana.

They were drawn to Group D with Cameroon, Guinea and Mali where the first two rounds of group stages matches ended in 1-1 draws leaving the group open for the taking subject to applicable permutations.

In their third round match of group stages Ivory Coast successfully found a decisive result and avoided being subjected to any sorts of permutations as well as emerging as group winners.

In the knockout stages Ivory Coast found better form dispatching Algeria 3-1 in the quarter-finals and beating Congo DR 3-1 in the semi-finals.

 

Ghana’s Road to the Final

Ghana was in Group E of the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations qualifications; they opened their qualification campaign with a 1-1 draw against Uganda and followed up with a 3-2 victory over Togo and a 1-1 draw against Guinea.

In the return legs Ghana defeated Guinea 3-1, lost 1-0 to Uganda and trounced Togo 3-1 to finish as group winners with eleven (11) points.

In the draw held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea on December 3, 2014 Ghana was placed in pot 1 as the team with most points.

Ghana was drawn to Group C with Algeria, Senegal and South Africa; surprisingly Ghana suffered a 2-1 defeat in their opening match against Senegal at Estadio de Mongomo in Mongomo.

In the second round of Group stages Ghana shocked Algeria with a 1-0 defeat before ensuring their passages to the knockout stages with a 2-1 victory over South Africa also at at Estadio de Mongomo in Mongomo –  ultimately; Ghana finished with six (6) points, second to Algeria on goal difference.

 

Ivory Coast – Ghana, Head to Head

Ivory Coast and Ghana have met on 41 occasions prior to the meeting in the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations; Ghana have had the better of Ivory Coast by a very slight margin having won 16 times (Ivory Coast lost 16 times), lost 15 (Ivory Coast won 15 times) and the sides have drawn to times.

In the African Nations Cup; Ivory Coast and Ghana have met on nine (9) occasions with the latter getting the better of the former.

Out of those nine meetings only one (1) ended in a draw; Ghana has won five (5) while Ivory Coast has won only three (3).

Ivory Coast and Ghana met in the 1992 CAF African up of Nations final; the match failed to produce a decisive result in regulation time, Ivory Coast would eventually win the match 11-10 on spot-kicks and earn their first African title.

 

 

The Match

The match began with Ivory Coast looking a little more dangerous than Ghana with Gervinho making threatening runs, producing good passes that put the Black Stars under some early pressure.

Ivory Coast vs Ghana - 2015 Afcon finalIn the early stages of the match Ivory Coast consistently frustrated Ghana with sudden bursts of speed from Gervinho; during one of those – away from the action – Asamoah Gyan took out his frustrations on an Ivory Coast player by stomping on his foot.

The incident was not spotted by the referee or any of his assistance.

As the match progressed Ghana found the rhythm and began to stabilize the match; with Asamoah Gyan and André Ayew becoming a handful for the Ivorian defenders.

After the first 45 minutes neither team had been able to find the back of the net; the statistics showed that Ghana had a slightly better ball possession than Ivory Coast in the first half,  Ivory Coast 45% and Ghana 55%.

The two teams became for the second half with the black stars of Ghana taking advantage of the momentum they had began building in the late stages of the first half.

The trusted Ivory Coast stars such as Max Gradel, Yaya Touré  and Gervinho appeared subdued and out of sorts as Ghana attacked relentlessly.

Once again Ghana seem to succumb to frustrations as John Boye head butted Eric Bertrand Bailly ahead of the Ghana free-kick; Eric Bertrand Bailly dramatically fell to the ground while John Boye clutched his head.

Once again the incident was not seem by the referee and therefore resulted in punishment for either player.

Ivory Coast coach, Hervé Renard, made the first and only change in the 90 minutes of regulation time when he pulled out Max Gradel and introduced Seydou Doumbia in his place.

Ghana continued to press hard and putting Ivory Coast under pressure for the better part of the second half.

Towards the end of the second half Ivory Coast showed some signs of life as they put pressure on the Ghanaian defense and forcing their goalkeeper to make errors which they failed to capitalize on.

After 90 minutes of regulation time and 3 minutes of stoppage time the referee put a stop to the match and sent it to 30 minutes extra-time.

The ball possession after 90 minutes remained in favour of the black stars; Ivory Coast 48% and Ghana 52%.

The 30 minutes of extra-time failed to produced winner as neither side was able to score which sent the match to penalties.

In a marathon penalty shootout; every single player on the field including goalkeepers had to step up and take one.

Ivory Coast missed their first two penalties but Ghana squandered their advantage when they missed their third and fourth penalties.

It came down to goalkeepers in the 11th round of penalties; Boubacar Barry of Ivory Coast saved the penalty of Brimah Razak of Ghana and then stepped up to kick against him and scored the penalty that saw Ivory Coast crowned 2015 African Champions.

 

 

 

Ivory Coast Ghana

Starting XI

01. Boubacar Barry [Pen. 11]
01. Brimah Razak [Pen. 11- Saved]
17. Serge Aurier [Pen. 3]
23. Harrison Afful [Pen. 8]
21. Eric Bertrand Bailly 105′ [Pen. 9]
21. John Boye [Pen. 10]
04. Kolo Touré [Pen. 7]
19. Jonathan Mensah [Pen. 6]
22. Wilfried Kanon 87′ [Pen. 8]
17. Baba Rahman [Pen. 9]
20. Serey Die 14′  [Pen. 10]
06. Afriyie Acquah [Pen. 3 – Saved]
19. Yaya Touré (c) [Pen. 5]
07. Christian Atsu Substituted 116′
15. Max Gradel Substituted 67′
11. Wakaso Mubarak   [Pen. 1]
05. Siaka Tiéné Substituted 113′
10. André Ayew [Pen. 5]
12. Wilfried Bony [Pen. 1 – Missed]
03. Asamoah Gyan (c) Substituted 120′ +
10. Gervinho Substituted 120+
02. Kwesi Appiah Substituted 100′

Coaches

Hervé Renard Avram Grant

Substitutions

 All Substitutions are in Numerical Order All Substitutions are in Numerical Order
02. Ousmane Viera 04. Edwin Gyimah
03. Roger Assalé 05. Mohamed Awal
06. Cheick Doukouré 08. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu Substituted 120′ + [Pen. 7]
07. Seydou Doumbia Substituted 67′ [Pen. 4]
09. Jordan Ayew Substituted 100′ [Pen. 2]
08. Salomon Kalou Substituted 113′ [Pen. 6]
12. Ernest Sowah
09. Cheick Tioté 13. Mohammed Rabiu
11. Tallo Gadji Substituted 120′ + [Pen. 2 – Missed]
14. Solomon Asante
13. Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro 15. Mahatma Otoo
14. Ismaël Diomandé 16. Fatau Dauda
18. Lacina Traoré 18. Daniel Amartey
23. Sayouba Mandé 20. David Accam
22. Frank Acheampong Substituted 116′ [Pen. 4 – Missed]

Sidelined

16. Sylvain Gbohouo (Injured) N/A

Match Statistics

 47% Possession 53%
6 Shots 14
3 Shots on Target 0
6 Corners 6
29 Fouls 22
0 Offsides 3
4 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0

Legend

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Goal Scorer
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