Ivory Coast continued their success after a weak start to their campaign at the African Cup of Nations and reached the final of the tournament on home soil after a 1-0 win over Democratic Republic of Congo in Abidjan on Wednesday.
Sébastien Haller scored the winning goal for Ivory Coast in the 65th minute against Nigeria, who defeated South Africa on penalties in the other semi-final match.
Ivory Coast, who parted ways with Jean-Louis Gasquet and replaced him with local coach Aimers Fay, advanced to the knockout round among the top four teams, finishing third, Egypt's first tournament finalist since 2006. Became the first host of.
Cédric Bakambu thought he had taken the lead for Democratic Republic of Congo before the goal was ruled out due to an infringement by goalkeeper Yahya Fofana.
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In the 35th minute Haller fired a double kick that went wide of the goal, before the left post turned back his colleague Frank Casey's shot near the break.
Substitute Theo Bongonda almost scored for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but his shot from close range went wide of the left post early in the second half.
Following pressure from Ivory Coast, veteran Max-Alain Gradel sent a cross pass, which the Borussia Dortmund striker converted with a shot that bounced off the ground and into the net of goalkeeper Lionel Mbasi.
Haller then missed two dangerous chances as his country took control of the match, sending Ivory Coast to the final for the first time since 2015, when they won the title at the expense of Ghana.