Africa Cup of Nations - Final
Ivory CoastIvory Coast0GhanaGhana0
Ivory Coast win 9-8 on penalties

Ivory Coast 0-0 Ghana (9-8 on penalties)

By Ian HughesBBC Sport
Ivory Coast players
Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry holds aloft the Cup of Nations trophy following his shootout heroics

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry saved and scored the crucial spot-kicks that handed Ivory Coast a dramatic 9-8 penalty shootout win over Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Barry, who appeared to cramp up during the shootout, denied fellow keeper Brimah Razak - one of five efforts missed - before slotting in the winner.

Victory gave the Ivorians their second title, in a repeat of the 1992 final.

That year, Ivory Coast won 11-10 on penalties also after a goalless draw.

They will be delighted to have emulated the feat having gone close twice since - in 2006 and 2012 - on the latter occasion losing to Zambia, who were then coached by current Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard.

The Frenchman's success as coach of the Elephants makes him the first man to win the title with two countries.

Boubacar Barry scores for Ivory Coast
After saving Razak's penalty, Barry sent his spot-kick past the reach of his Ghana counterpart

By contrast, Ghana coach Avram Grant has now suffered defeats on penalties in two major finals, having lost the 2008 Champions League to Manchester United when he was Chelsea boss.

It had looked like the Black Stars might end their 33-year wait for a fifth Cup of Nations title when Ivory Coast missed their first two spot-kicks - Manchester City's new signing Wilfried Bony hitting the crossbar and substitute Junior Tallo dragging wide with his first touch of the game.

But Afriyie Acquah and Frank Acheampong failed with their efforts for Ghana and the sides were back on level terms.

After every outfield player had taken his turn, Barry - who had annoyed some of the Ghana players by going down with cramp - brilliantly saved keeper Razak's effort. He then kept his composure to slot home before being mobbed by his team-mates.

Defeat was perhaps a little harsh on Ghana, who had the better of the chances in the scoreless 120 minutes that preceded the shootout and twice hit the woodwork.

Christian Atsu was unlucky to see a superb 25-yard shot come back off the keeper's left-hand post, while Andre Ayew struck the outside of the other upright from a tight angle.

But there there was a sense of inevitability throughout the match that it would go the distance as neither team appeared to be prepared to take the risks that might bring a victory.

The big names - Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure and Bony, and Ghana's Ayew and Asamoah Gyan - failed to have a decisive influence on a game that never really flowed.

Ivory Coast
Captain Yaya Toure (number 19) led the celebrations
Ivory Coast skipper Yaya Toure receives the Africa Cup of Nations trophy
The Manchester City midfielder went up to receive the Africa Cup of Nations trophy
Ghana coach Avram Grant consoles a distraught Andre Ayew
A distraught Andre Ayew had to be consoled by Ghana coach Avram Grant
Herve Renard (second from right) with Ivory Coast players
By contrast, Herve Renard (second from right) celebrated with his Ivory Coast players

Line-ups

Ivory Coast

  • 1BarryBooked at 143mins
  • 21BaillyBooked at 105mins
  • 4K Touré
  • 22KanonBooked at 87mins
  • 17Aurier
  • 20Serey DiéBooked at 14mins
  • 19Y Touré
  • 5TiénéBooked at 57minsSubstituted forKalouat 116'minutes
  • 15GradelSubstituted forDoumbiaat 67'minutes
  • 12Bony
  • 10KouassiSubstituted forGadji-Celi Carmel Juniorat 120+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Diarrassouba
  • 3Assalé
  • 6Doukoure
  • 7Doumbia
  • 8Kalou
  • 11Gadji-Celi Carmel Junior
  • 13Akpa-Akpro
  • 14Diomande
  • 16Gbohouo
  • 18Traoré
  • 23Mandé

Ghana

  • 1Brimah
  • 23Afful
  • 21Boye
  • 19Mensah
  • 17Baba
  • 6Acquah
  • 11Wakaso
  • 7AtsuSubstituted forAcheampongat 116'minutes
  • 2AppiahSubstituted forJ Ayewat 99'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 3GyanSubstituted forBaduat 120+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gyimah
  • 5Awal
  • 8Badu
  • 9J Ayew
  • 12Sowah
  • 13Mohammed
  • 14Asante
  • 15Otoo
  • 16Dauda
  • 18Amartey
  • 20Accam
  • 22Acheampong
Referee:
Bakary Gassama

Match Stats

Home TeamIvory CoastAway TeamGhana
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home31
Away22

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Côte d'Ivoire 0(9), Ghana 0(8).

  2. Penalties over

    Penalty Shootout ends, Côte d'Ivoire 0(9), Ghana 0(8).

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(9), Ghana 0(8). Boubacar Barry (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Booking

    Boubacar Barry (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Penalty saved! Razak Brimah (Ghana) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(8), Ghana 0(8). Serey Die (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(7), Ghana 0(8). John Boye (Ghana) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(7), Ghana 0(7). Eric Bailly (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(6), Ghana 0(7). Abdul Baba (Ghana) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(6), Ghana 0(6). Wilfried Kanon (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(5), Ghana 0(6). Harrison Afful (Ghana) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(5), Ghana 0(5). Kolo Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(4), Ghana 0(5). Emmanuel Badu (Ghana) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(4), Ghana 0(4). Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(3), Ghana 0(4). Jonathan Mensah (Ghana) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(3), Ghana 0(3). Yaya Touré (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(2), Ghana 0(3). André Ayew (Ghana) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(2), Ghana 0(2). Seydou Doumbia (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Frank Acheampong (Ghana) left footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Frank Acheampong should be disappointed.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Côte d'Ivoire 0(1), Ghana 0(2). Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.