In an amazing game tonight, Zambia won the African Cup of Nations after the game with the Ivory Coast ended 0-0 after extra time, and Zambia won the penalty shoot-out 8-7 with the Ivory Coast missing their last two penalties through Kolo Toure and Gervinho.
Didier Drogba missed a penalty for the Ivory Coast after 70 minutes when he blazed over the bar.
It will be a trivia question in the future that the Ivory Coast did not concede a single goal in this tournament, and still didn’t win it.
Newcastle’s top midfielder Cheick Tiote started the game for the Ivory Coast, played the whole game and took the very penalty in the shoot-out and scored with a wonderful shot into the top right hand corner.
Tiote started alongside Gervinho (Arsenal), the Toure brothers – Kola and Yaya (Manchester City), Drogba and Kalou (Chelsea) of the English Premier League.
In the first half there were very chances created, and the weather in Libreville was very wet after heavy rain had been falling.
The slick conditions were expected to help the Ivory Coast, who had previously won the tournament once back in 1992 and Zambia had never ever won the tournament.
Play was very even between the two sides in the first half.
After 70 minutes the Ivory Coast were awarded a penalty, when Gervinho moved into the box at speed and Chansa and Mulenga brought him down.
But would you believe it, Chelsea’s Drogba blasted the ball way over the bar – a terrible miss by the striker, and the second penalty he had missed in the tournament.
The game was still tied at 0-0 after 90 minutes, and with the Ivory Coast having made their three substitutions, Cheick Tiote of the Ivory Coast and top Premier club Newcastle United, would play out the remainder of the game in extra time.
And after the extra 30 minutes of extra time played, when it was obvious the players were tiring quickly, it was still 0-0 and no goals scored – and in fact the Ivory Coast have not conceded one goal in this tournament – therefore it would go to penalties.
What a way to settle the final!
Here’s how the penalties went:
Cheick Tiote of Newcastle took the very first penalty and it was brilliant under the tense conditions as he dispatched the penalty into the top right hand corner – the Newcastle star player has done his job 1-0
Christopher Katongo steps up(Zambia captain) and puts into the bottom corner 1-1
Bony Wilfried scores into the top left corner 2-1
Mayuka scores into the top left corner again 2-2
Sol Bamba misses his penalty kick for the Ivory Coas,t but the referee allows him to take it again, judging that the goalkeeper was off his line – and he scores – wow – 3-2
Chansa scores for Zambi – 3-3
Max Gradel scores into the left corner 4-3
Felix Katongo steps up and scores for Zambia 4-4
Drogba scores his penalty for the Ivory Coast – 5-4
Zambia goalkeeper Mweene scores into the corner! – 5-5
Siaka Tiene scores for the Ivory Coast into the top left hand corener – not one penalty missed yet – 6-5
Sinkala scores for Zambia right in the top corner – 6-6
Didier Konan scores into the top left corner – 7-6
Chisamba Lungu scores into the left corner. – 7-7 – what a shoot out this is!
Kolo Toure misses as goalkeeper Mweene makes the save – 7-7
Rainford Kalaba steps up to win it for Zambia and he misses as he puts it over the bar – 7-7
Gervinho misses as he blasts the ball wide of the goal – 7-7
Sunzyu scores – and Zambia are African Cup of Nations Champions
Would you believe it, and it will be a terrible disappointment for Cheick Tiote as the Ivory Coast were huge favorites to win this.