Sunday, 24 January 2010

Nations Cup: Algeria Stun I/Coast

By Hakeem Babalola

Algeria came twice from behind and in fact from the brink of losing to defeat the tournament favorite, Ivory Coast by 3 goals to 2 in a classic-epic quarter final match.

Ivory Coast quickly settled down and scored in the 4th minute through Kalou's face to face with the goalkeeper. Algeria dominated the rest of the first half and got a deserving goal just five minutes from the end of the half. 

Both teams approached the second half with caution. Still 1-1 draw a minute from the end, Kaita struck with a thunderbolt shot and scored what appears to be the winning goal and probably the best goal of the tournament. Spectators and even analysts had thought that Ivory Coast have won the game but the resilient Algerians equalized through header at the dying minute.

And two minutes into the first half of the extra time, Algeria stole the winning ace with another header by Bouassa. Although Ivory Coast also scored their third goal, but the referee disallowed what could have been an equalizer. 

Meanwhile, Ghana beat the host nation, Angola by a lone goal in the other quarter final match.

photo credit: eurospot

No comments: