The Ivory Coast qualified for the finals of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup on Sunday (23 September) when they beat Ghana's Black Stars 1-0 in Abidjan.
GV PAN Crowd in stadium (2 shots)
GV Ivory Coast kick-off (playing left to right, in dark shirts).
GV Play at mid-field
GV Ivory Coast controls play at Ghanaian goal, make try, but caught by goalie who throws clear but Ivory Coast take possession but Ghanaian full-back kicks ball to goalie, neither side able to control play at mid-field.
LV Scoreboard showing nil, nil tie.
GV Ghanaians kick-off at start of second half, and make try, but goalie catches kick
GV Crowd cheering
GV Play around Ghanaian goal, and Ivory Coast scores (3 shots)
LV Scoreboard showing Ivory Coast 1, Ghana nil
GV Ghanaian takes corner, two Ghana tries at goal (one hits bar) but shots miss.
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Background: The Ivory Coast qualified for the finals of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup on Sunday (23 September) when they beat Ghana's Black Stars 1-0 in Abidjan.
The finals will be played in Cairo, Egypt next March.
The Ivory Coast, known nationally as the "Elephants" had won the first leg of their two stage qualifying round against Ghana 3-0 in Kumasi, Ghana on 9 September.
In Sunday's match, their winning goal came in the 51st minute, Left Back Isdama Doumbia, who had moved upfield in an Ivory Coast attack, received a pass and best three defenders before scoring.
A crowd of 40,000 watched the game. Later there was jubilation among "Elephant" supporters who sang and danced in the streets of the city. The double victory was seen as a magnificent one for, in recent years the Ghana side has been one of the strongest on the African continent and were thought to be invincible.
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of more than 40,000 packed the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium In abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday to watch the second leg of the home side's matches against Ghana. The winner would qualify to go through to the finals of the Africa Nations Soccer Cup.
Ivory Coast (known nationally as the "Elephants") kicked off. They'd previously beaten the Ghana side 3-0 in Kumasi, Ghana, the week before.
Ghana have long been thought of as an almost invincible side. Their record of victory is long and distinguished, but the "Elephants" seemed to be well in control of the situation and, with one victory behind them, played like champions.
The home crowd were eager for a goal and their team was going flat-out to satisfy them, but the Ghana defence stood up well to the attacks and coolly averted any danger.
As half time neared neither side had managed to put the ball in the net, although the Ivory Coast team looked the more likely to score. But at the half way mark the scoreboard was still unmoved.
Ghana attacked from the resumption.
The Ivory Coast defence found little difficulty in controlling the situation. And it wasn't long before the home crowd were jubilant. Left Back Doumbia scored in the 51st minute.
Ivory Coast one, Ghana nil. And that was to be final result-enough to put the Ivory Coast through to the finals, to be held in Cairo, Egypt next March, even though Ghana played hard right to the final whistle.