Ivory Coast vs DR Congo: Sebastian Haller fires Elephants to AFCON 2024 final

Ivory Coast squared off against DR Congo at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium on Wednesday night.

Both teams contended with each other for a place in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024).

Interestingly, it was the Ivorians who came out on top, thanks to Sebastian Haller's brilliant volley

Goalless first half

Being the hosts of the tournament, Ivory Coast were the favourites to win on Wednesday.

Although there were no goals scored in the first half, there was plenty of action, with both teams trying to get on the scoresheet.

DR Congo were more efficient in the first half, as two of their three shots went on target. However, Yahia Fofana denied them on both counts.

On the other hand, Ivory Coast had six total shots in the first 45 minutes, and none of those went on target.

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo review AFCON 2024
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The Elephants had a great chance to draw first blood, but although Franck Kessié managed to beat DR Congo's goalkeeper Lionel M'pasi, his shot hit the woodwork.

Ivory Coast had more of the ball in the first half (59% possession), but they had fewer corners (2) than their opponents (5).

Sebastian Haller's volley sinks DR Congo

The second half was a bit one-sided, as Ivory Coast started to pick up the pace, piling the pressure on DR Congo.

Emerse Faé's troops were eventually rewarded for their efforts, as Max Gradel's cross found Sebastian Haller in the box. The Borussia Dortmund player scored a beautiful volley, giving the Ivorians the lead.

DR Congo tried to restore parity, but all their efforts proved to be in vain. In fact, Sebastien Desabre's men were unable to register a shot on target in the second half.

Ivory Coast were able to hold on for the rest of the match, earning their victory.

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo review AFCON 2024
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What this result means for both teams' AFCON 2024 campaigns

With Wednesday's result in mind, Ivory Coast will advance to the AFCON 2024 final, where they'll meet the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Interestingly, these teams already clashed in Group A, with the Super Eagles coming out on top by a lone goal.

The Elephants will battle for their third AFCON title, and their second since 2015.

On the other hand, DR Congo will go up against South Africa's Bafana Bafana in a battle for bronze.

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