MATCH CENTRE

TUE 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, 15:00, CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

0(4)
VS
0(3)

Jean Malick Ble Zadi shootout hero as Cote d’Ivoire progress

by Brian Lee

Tue September 12, 19:19

Cote d’Ivoire goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi proved to be a hero for the Elephants after saving two penalties and scoring one himself as they beat Togo 4-3 in a penalty shootout, after their Last 16 match at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations ended 0-0 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 12.

The Sparrow Hawks started the better of the two teams and created the first significant chance on goal in the sixth minute when Essis Beaudeleire Aka played Roland Zan Bi through on goal, but he saw his close range effort well-saved by the Ivorian keeper.

Ten minutes later Togo’s Messan Degli created some space for himself 25-yards out from goal, but he saw his thunderbolt brilliantly saved by Jean Malick Ble Zadi.

In the 22nd minute Messan Degli turned provider when his cross from the right was met by Koidjo Sewonou, but his ten-yard header came off the crossbar.

Cote d’Ivoire created their first real scoring opportunity five minutes later when Inza Diabate met a low right-wing cross from Dagou Willie Britto, but his 14-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the upright.

In the 38th minute Togo were on the attack again when Koidjo Sewonou drove into the box from the right, beating two defenders in the process, but with just the keeper to beat he shot narrowly wide from eight-yards out

Both teams traded blows in the final minutes of the stanza, but neither could break the deadlock before the halftime whistle.

The second half failed to produce as much excitement as the first with chances on goal few and far between.

The first shot on goal in the second half came in the 56th minute when Togo’s Komlan Agbegniadan fired a thunderous 20-yard volley just over the target.

The next decent attempt on goal only came in the 76th minute when Cote d’Ivoire’s Inza Diabate cut inside from the left flank and saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected inches wide.

Thomas Gonazo almost won the match for the Elephants in the final minute of the match when he met a cross from the right, but his 14-yard effort was spectacularly saved by the Ivorian keeper.

The match ended 0-0 and went into the dreaded penalty shootout which Cote d’Ivoire won 4-3 after two saves from goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi.

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0
Togo (0) 0
*Cote d’Ivoire won 4-3 on penalties


Teams

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahim Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Zadi, 2. Britto, 13. Konan, 4. Ouattara, 14. Jimoh, 9. N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 88’), 5. Aka Essis, 8. Diarra (12. Cissoko 85’), 10. Diabate, 3. Gonazo, 7. Zan Bi (15. N’Guessan 58’).

Togo coach: Abalo Jean Paul

Togo: 16. Bassa-Djeri, 17. Adegnon, 3. Issifou, 5. Ouro-Sama, 11. Kouloun, 8. Agbegniadan, 6. Novon, 2. Atchou (9. Nya-Vedji 57’), 7. Degli (18. Akoro 69’), 14. Tchatakora, 12. Sewonou.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LAST 16 CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS TOGO GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP TOGO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
14'
7
3
Defender
5
4
Defender
11
Midfielder
88'
9
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
57'
0
Forward/Striker
85'
17
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
15
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
12
Forward/Striker
69'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko
Forward/Striker
85'
16
Kodjo Elom Nyavedji
Forward/Striker
57'
18
Parfait Guiagon
Midfielder
88'
9
Bilali Akoro
Midfielder
69'
22
CARDS
Adama Ousmane Ouattara
Defender
14'
7
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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