In an evenly balanced first half, it was Kojo who got off to the best start. Errors by Ivorian goalkeeper Fofana led to an early goal that was disallowed after the intervention of the video assistant referee.
Shortly afterwards, Wessa came face to face with Fofana, but the Congolese striker inexplicably missed the target, such as the fact that the flag remained lowered.
The home team regained balance, and at the end of the first half, the Elephants came close to scoring the first goal. First, Haller inexplicably headed over the bar from close range, and moments later captain Franck Kessie fired a volley that hit the post.
0-0 was an interesting but justified first half score.
The second half started like the first with a great opportunity for Congo. Substitute Theo Bongonda (former Genk) slotted the ball into the side netting after a brilliant move.
Since then, Ivory Coast has dominated. After just over an hour of play, Gradel got rid of his goalkeeper on the right flank. The cross reached Haller, who managed to kick once.
The seemingly innocent shot received a strange bounce, causing goalkeeper Mbasi to completely miscalculate. 1-0 to the home team. Circus goal.
Haller emerged as the man of the second half. First he headed a Union Adingra corner kick onto the roof of the goal and fifteen minutes before the end of the match he flicked the ball wide of the goalkeeper who was too far from his goal.
Those who squander opportunities are sometimes punished, but Congo can no longer extend its grip. Some shots from outside the penalty area were little more than a footnote.
Ivory Coast deservedly won and can prepare for the final at home against Nigeria, who eliminated Hugo Bruce's South Africa on penalties.
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