2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final

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2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final
Estadio de Bata (15896737884).jpg
The Estadio de Bata hosted the final
Event 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
after extra time
Ivory Coast won 9–8 on penalties
Date 8 February 2015 (2015-02-08)
Venue Estadio de Bata, Bata
Referee Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Attendance 32,857

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Final was a football match that took place on 8 February 2015 to determine the winner of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The match was held at the Estadio de Bata in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.[1]


The Ivory Coast appeared in their 20th Africa Cup of Nations tournament, their sole victory coming in 1992 when they defeated Ghana on sudden-death in a penalty shootout at the end of a goalless draw at the Stade de l'Amitié in Dakar, Senegal. They also played in the final in 2006 and 2012, losing in shootouts after goalless draws against Egypt and Zambia respectively.

Ghana also appeared in their 20th tournament, and their 9th final. They have previously won 4 (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982) and lost 4 (1968, 1970, 1992, 2010).

Ivory Coast were 28th in the FIFA World Rankings (3rd among African nations), while Ghana were 37th (5th among African nations).[2]

Route to the final

Ivory Coast Round Ghana
Opponent Result Group stage Opponent Result
 Guinea 1–1 Match 1  Senegal 1–2
 Mali 1–1 Match 2  Algeria 1–0
 Cameroon 1–0 Match 3  South Africa 2–1
Group D winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ivory Coast 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
 Guinea 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
 Mali 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
 Cameroon 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
Final standings Group C winner
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ghana 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6
 Algeria 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
 Senegal 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
 South Africa 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Opponent Result Knockout stage Opponent Result
 Algeria 3–1 Quarterfinals  Guinea 3–0
 DR Congo 3–1 Semifinals  Equatorial Guinea 3–0



The match was 0–0 after 120 minutes. Both teams played conservatively, preferring to attack on the break, so a 0–0 draw after extra time was predictable.[3] Ghana had the better chances in regulation time, hitting the woodwork twice with Christian Atsu's 25-yard shot and André Ayew"s effort from a tight angle.[4] The Ivory Coast had an opportunity earlier when Max Gradel hit the ball over the bar after a Ghana mistake.[5] The match went to penalties. Ghana went to a 2–0 lead with Wilfried Bony and Junior Tallo both missing for the Ivorians.[4] Veteran second choice Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, who was called on in the final to replace the injured Sylvain Gbohouo, produced a save against Afriyie Acquah.[5] Frank Acheampong then missed for Ghana, and the teams were level. Both teams continued to make their penalties. After every outfield player had taken a shot, the match was decided by Barry, who saved an attempt from Ghana goalkeeper Brimah Razak and then scored past Razak himself to give the Ivory Coast the title.[4]


Ivory Coast  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Ghana
Bony Penalty missed
Tallo Penalty missed
Aurier Penalty scored
Doumbia Penalty scored
Y. Touré Penalty scored
Kalou Penalty scored
K. Touré Penalty scored
Kanon Penalty scored
Bailly Penalty scored
Die Penalty scored
Barry Penalty scored
9–8 Penalty scored Wakaso
Penalty scored J. Ayew
Penalty missed Acquah
Penalty missed Acheampong
Penalty scored A. Ayew
Penalty scored Mensah
Penalty scored Badu
Penalty scored Afful
Penalty scored Baba
Penalty scored Boye
Penalty missed Razak
Attendance: 32,857
Referee: Bakary Gassama ( Gambia)
Ivory Coast
GK 1 Boubacar Barry
RB 17 Serge Aurier
CB 21 Eric Bailly  Yellow card 105+1'
CB 4 Kolo Touré
LB 22 Wilfried Kanon Yellow card 87'
CM 20 Serey Die Yellow card 14'
CM 19 Yaya Touré (c)
RW 15 Max Gradel Substituted off 67'
LW 5 Siaka Tiéné Yellow card 57' Substituted off 116'
CF 12 Wilfried Bony
CF 10 Gervinho Substituted off 120+2'
DF 2 Ousmane Viera
FW 3 Roger Assalé
MF 6 Cheick Doukouré
FW 7 Seydou Doumbia Substituted in 67'
FW 8 Salomon Kalou Substituted in 116'
MF 9 Cheick Tioté (injured)[6]
FW 11 Tallo Gadji Substituted in 120+2'
DF 13 Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro
MF 14 Ismaël Diomandé
GK 16 Sylvain Gbohouo (injured)[6]
FW 18 Lacina Traoré
GK 23 Sayouba Mandé
France Hervé Renard
GK 1 Brimah Razak
RB 23 Harrison Afful
CB 21 John Boye
CB 19 Jonathan Mensah
LB 17 Baba Rahman
CM 11 Wakaso Mubarak
CM 6 Afriyie Acquah
RW 7 Christian Atsu Substituted off 116'
LW 10 André Ayew
CF 3 Asamoah Gyan (c) Substituted off 120+1'
CF 2 Kwesi Appiah Substituted off 99'
DF 4 Edwin Gyimah
DF 5 Mohamed Awal
MF 8 Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu  Substituted in 120+1'
FW 9 Jordan Ayew Substituted in 99'
GK 12 Ernest Sowah
MF 13 Mohammed Rabiu
MF 14 Solomon Asante
FW 15 Mahatma Otoo
GK 16 Fatau Dauda
DF 18 Daniel Amartey
FW 20 David Accam
FW 22 Frank Acheampong Substituted in 116'
Israel Avram Grant

Man of the Match:
Afriyie Acquah (Ghana)[7]

Assistant referees:
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Ali Waleed Ahmed (Sudan)
Fourth official:
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)


  1. ^ "AFCON match schedule". African Football. Graeme Jackson. December 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Men's Ranking, 08 January 2015". FIFA.com. FIFA. January 8, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Ivory Coast win Africa Cup of Nations in penalty shootout against Ghana". The Guardian. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana". BBC. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Ivory Coast hold their nerve to beat Ghana, win 2015 African Nations Cup". ESPNFC. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Media Start List: Côte D'Ivoire - Ghana" (PDF). CAF. 8 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Orange AFCON 2015 Awards and Best XI". CAF. 12 February 2015. 

External links

  • Orange Africa Cup Of Nations, Equatorial Guinea 2015, CAFonline.com
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