Ivory Coast through to the AFCON Final
Cote d’Ivoire beat DR Congo 3-1 in a 2015 African Cup of Nations semifinal match at the Estadio de Bata on Wednesday night.
Goals from Yaya Toure, Gervinho and Serge Wilfried Kanon saw the Elephants into the final of the continental competition.
The first real effort on goal went the way of DR Congo as early as the sixth minute when Jeremie Bokila met a cross from the right, but saw his 12-yard shot superbly beaten away by Sylvain Gbohouo.
Cote d’Ivoire started a little slowly and only threatened the Dr Congo goal for the first time in the 16th minute courtesy of a 30-yard strike from Geoffroy Serey Die, but his effort sailed inches wide.
Yaya Toure then opened the scoring in the 20th minute after his 20-yard half volley thundered into the back of the net, giving the keeper no chance.
DR Congo, though, hit back four minutes later thanks to a penalty goal from Dieumerci Mbokani after the referee adjudged Eric Bailly to have handled the ball inside the box, 1-1.
Dieumerci Mbokani should have found his second goal in the 38th minute when he met a low left wing cross from Yannick Bolasie, but he fluffed his shot from ten-yards out that allowed the keeper to make a good save.
Two minutes later Gervinho almost scored for Cote d’Ivoire when he met a cross from Serge Aurier, but his ten-yard header struck the crossbar.
In the 41st minute Gervinho did find the back of the net for the Elephants when he was slipped through on goal by Wilfried Bony and finished from 12-yards out, 2-1.
The second half saw Cote d’Ivoire take control of the game and they made certain of the win in the 68th minute when Serge Wilfried Kanon was quickest to react and guide the ball home from close range after an initial save from the keeper of a Serge Aurier header, 3-1.
DR Congo tried to find their way back into the match after that, but were unable to do so as the Elephants marched into the final of the continental competition.