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posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com on February 5th, 2012

Ivory Coast beat hosts to reach semi-final

Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba celebrates one of his two goals against Equatorial Guinea

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Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba celebrates one of his two goals against Equatorial Guinea

Scoring Summary

Ivory Coast Equatorial Guinea
Didier Drogba (pen miss 29′)  
Didier Drogba (36′)  
Didier Drogba (69′)  
Gneri Toure Yaya (81′)  

Teams

Ivory Coast Equatorial Guinea
Boubacar Barry Danilo
Arthur Boka 15 Lauren Doe
Kolo Touré David Kily
22 Souleymane Bamba 5 Fousseny Kamissoko
19 Gneri Toure Yaya 4 Da Gracia Fernando Gomes Rui
Didier Zokora Juvenal
15 Max-Alain Gradel 11 Javier Balboa
14 Kafoumba Coulibaly 17 Amia Ekanga
Jean-Jaques Gosso 14 Ben Konate
11 Didier Drogba 8 Randy
10 Yao Kouassi Gervinho 20 Daniel Ekedo
Substitutes
16 Daniel Yeboah Felipe Ovono 22
23 Gerard Gnahouan Achille Pensy 21
21 Emmanuel Eboué Daniel Vazquez Evuy 2
17 Siaka Chico Tiene Armando Aqueriaco Sipo Bohale 16
20 Igor Lolo Ronald De la Cruz 7
Brou Angoua Jean-Maxime Ndongo 13
Ismael Cheik Tioté Viera Ellong 18
13 Didier Konan Thierry Tazemeta 12
Salomon Kalou Ivan Bolado 10
18 Abdulkader Keita Raul Fabiani 19
Seydou Doumbia  
12 Bony Wilfred  
Substitutions
Bony Wilfred for Didier Zokora (77) Thierry Tazemeta for Daniel Ekedo (46)
Salomon Kalou for Max-Alain Gradel (85) Ivan Bolado for Amia Ekanga (71)
Emmanuel Eboué for Kafoumba Coulibaly (86) Raul Fabiani for Fousseny Kamissoko (84)
Yellow Cards
  Juvenal (81)
· Rosters: Ivory Coast | Equatorial Guinea

Didier Drogba scored twice after missing a penalty and Yaya Toure put the seal on Ivory Coast’s quarter-final victory over co-hosts Equatorial Guinea at the African Nations Cup.

The Premier League pair did the damage in Malabo as the tournament favourites marched through to a semi-final meeting with Gabon or Mali.

Ivory Coast were back to full strength after resting a host of stars for their final group game, and that added up to danger for Equatorial Guinea, who had Laurence Doe back from suspension.

After a slow start, Ivory Coast began to step up the pace of their play midway through the first half, and Gervinho, Toure and Max Gradel threatened to open the scoring before Didier Zokora was brought down to bring about a penalty.

Goalkeeper Danilo kept out the Chelsea striker’s spot-kick, but could not prevent him firing the Ivorians ahead in the 36th minute after a defensive mix-up.

A thrilling run from Gervinho midway through the second half saw the Arsenal forward wind his way into a threatening position but he lost control at the critical moment, when he should have been firing the ball past Danilo.

It did not matter because Ivory Coast doubled their lead after 70 minutes when Drogba headed in a fine second goal from Toure’s free-kick.

With the Manchester City midfielder pulling the strings in midfield and Drogba a serious menace to any defence in this competition, it is little wonder many have tipped Ivory Coast from before the tournament.

Toure showed his pedigree again from a set-piece with eight minutes remaining when he curled home a fine strike to make absolutely certain of victory.

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