Côte d’Ivoire won the third African Cup of their record by beating Nigeria 1-2 in the final at the National Stadium of Côte d’Ivoire. Sebastien Haller scored the winning goal in the 81st minute, securing the victory for his team. Haller, who had previously scored a crucial goal in the semi-final against Congo, made a comeback to football after recovering from testicular cancer. This win marked Côte d’Ivoire’s third African Cup title, following their victories in 1995 and 2015.
Nigeria, aiming for their fourth title, initially took the lead in the final with a goal from William Troost-Ekong in the 38th minute. However, former FC Barcelona player Franck Kessie equalized for Côte d’Ivoire in the 62nd minute, setting the stage for a thrilling finish. With the match heading towards extra time, Haller’s goal secured the championship for the host country.
The victory was particularly remarkable for Côte d’Ivoire, as they had dismissed their coach Jean-Louis Gasset during the group stage and were led by interim coach Emerse Fae. Despite the challenges, the team managed to lift the title, showcasing their resilience and determination.
The final match was a hard-fought battle, with both teams displaying skill and determination. Ultimately, it was Côte d’Ivoire who emerged victorious, adding another memorable chapter to their African Cup history. The win was a testament to the team’s perseverance and teamwork, and it was a moment of celebration for the entire nation.
As the final whistle blew, the players and fans erupted in joyous celebrations, marking the culmination of an incredible journey for Côte d’Ivoire. The victory will be remembered as a historic moment in the country’s football history, and it will serve as an inspiration for future generations of players and fans. Congratulations to Côte d’Ivoire on their well-deserved triumph in the African Cup final.
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