Ivory Coast send Algeria packing

2015-02-01 23:55

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A Wilfried Bony brace and a late Gervinho effort secured a 3-1 victory for Ivory Coast, sending them through to the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals at the expense of favourites Algeria.

Manchester City’s Bony was the game’s outstanding individual, opening the scoring on 26 minutes after heading home a fantastic Max Gradel cross.

Algeria fought back into the match through El Arabi ’s 51st minute equaliser after again exposing Ivory Coast’s defensive fragility.

However, Bony put the Ivorians back on top, leaping superbly to power a Yaya Touré free kick past Raïs M'Bolhi on 68 minutes.

Despite several late scares, the Ivorians clung on to their lead, with Gervinho adding a third in the dying moments.

They face Democratic Republic of Congo in the first semifinal in Bata on Wednesday.

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