Ivorians win continental title again after nine years. The country’s other achievements occurred in 1992 and 2015. In 2006 and 2012 the team was runner-up.
The first half was of absolute dominance by the Ivorians, who didn’t let their rival breathe and created a large number of chances. The clearest came at 33, when Adingra received the ball on the left edge of the area and forced Nwabali to make a save.
The Nigerians spent most of the time without even taking a shot on goal. At the first chance, then, the corner was taken in the area, and captain Troost-Ekong rose well and headed it into the back of the net.
From then on, the match became a bombardment for the home team. At the beginning of the second half, an unbelievable chance was wasted.
After just 4 minutes, Adingra went to the baseline, tried a low cross, and the goalkeeper deflected it into the middle of the area. In the remainder, Gradel kicked hard, but a deflection made Nwabali make the save calmly.
At 16, Kossounou risked a shot from outside the area and forced Nwabali to palm it out. Then, after a corner, Franck Kessié headed into the net, tying the game and driving the crowd crazy.
The Ivorian dominance continued, and the turnaround was not long in coming. At 36, Adingra received the ball on the left wing, took it to the baseline and crossed just enough for Haller to deflect it into the net.
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