Ivory Coast 3-1 Ghana. Eboue Sees Red As Ivory Coast Go Through


Ivory Coast beat Ghana to advance into the Quarter-Final

Today’s only CAN game was a Group B match between big boys Ivory Coast and Ghana. With Togo’s departure from the competition – and this group – the winner of the match was assured a place in the next round.

Ivory Coast were the favorites for this tie and they proved their on-paper dominance with a great on-field display. Gervinho opened the scoring for them after twenty-three minutes and they were looking comfortable with little threat from the Ghanians. Ghana did fight back towards the end of the first half but they went in 1-0 down at the break.

In the second half Ghana made some changes to try to get back into this game and after fifty-five minutes they got their wish when Ivory Coast man Eboue was sent off for a needlessly aggressive double footed tackle – twenty yards inside his own half. Ghana’s spirits were raised and they showed their intent when Amoah smashed a volley off the foot of the post less than a minute later.

Despite their ten men disadvantage the Ivory Coast weren’t finished yet and they doubled their lead on sixty-seven minutes after a cracking free-kick from Tiene found its way into the top corner, before Drogba headed home a third on ninety minutes. Seconds later Ghana were awarded a penalty which Asamoah Gyan converted but the goal came far too late and was little more than a consolation.

Ivory Coast will now advance past the Group stage with Ghana needing a win against Burkina Faso to do the same.

David Jester is the author of An Idiot in Love, This is How You Die and other novels. He writes under three different pen names and when he is not writing fiction or nonfiction, he works as a freelancer.