Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
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Namibia 1-4 Ivory Coast: Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha scores on first start at Africa Cup of Nations

Wilfried Zaha
Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha scored on his first start at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha scored as Ivory Coast moved into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a thumping win over Namibia.

Max Gradel's volley and Ryan Nyambe's own goal gave the Elephants a 2-0 lead before Joslin Kamatuka pulled a goal back for Namibia.

But Zaha added a third with a right-foot shot after cutting in off the left before Maxwel Cornet's placed fourth.

Ivory Coast finish second behind Morocco in Group D.

After two failed penalty appeals and scuffing a close-range shot into the arms of Namibia goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua, Zaha, 26, had cut a frustrated figure.

But the Crystal Palace winger made amends with a trademark strike on his first start at the tournament to take the game away from the Brave Warriors.

Namibia, who had lost narrowly in both their previous group matches, had started brightly but were punished by Peter Shalulile's failure to score from two glorious first-half chances with the score at 0-0.

They finish bottom of the group three points behind South Africa who lost to Morocco in the other game.

'Don't let the scoreline fool you' - Analysis

BBC World Service's John Bennett at the 30 June Stadium

Wilfried Zaha had a frustrating game until a moment the Crystal Palace fans will have seen at Selhurst Park so many times down the years, with him cutting back inside and firing into the net.

Before the game it was interesting to see him have an animated chat with Ivory Coast skipper Serge Aurier. Will they meet in a North London derby next season?

As for the match, don't let the scoreline fool you, Ivory Coast were far from convincing but in players like Zaha, Pepe and Gradel they have match winners.

Whether they can put together consistent team performances to go all the way here in Egypt is doubtful though.

Meanwhile, Zaha's Cup of Nations is up and running after a slow start. He may be a bit distracted over the next few days though by that Arsenal interest. It could be a dramatic next three weeks for him on and off the pitch.

Line-ups

Namibia

  • 23Kazapua
  • 6Horaeb
  • 22Nyambe
  • 2Haoseb
  • 4Hanamub
  • 19Shitembi
  • 12Ketjijere
  • 15PapamaSubstituted forStephanusat 61'minutes
  • 7HottoBooked at 78mins
  • 13ShalulileSubstituted forShilongoat 83'minutes
  • 14KamatukaSubstituted forGurirabat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mbaeva
  • 3Gebhardt
  • 5Hambira
  • 8Stephanus
  • 9Shilongo
  • 10Starke
  • 11Limbondi
  • 16Mbazuvara
  • 17Keimuine
  • 18Gurirab
  • 20Kamberipa
  • 21Fredericks

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 22Bagayoko
  • 6Traoré
  • 5Kanon
  • 2Coulibaly
  • 20Dié
  • 8Kessié
  • 15GradelSubstituted forCornetat 68'minutes
  • 4GbaminSubstituted forSangaréat 80'minutes
  • 9Zaha
  • 12BonySubstituted forKodjiaat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Tape
  • 3Doumbia
  • 7Angban
  • 10Seri
  • 11Cornet
  • 13Assalé
  • 14Kodjia
  • 18Sangaré
  • 19Pepe
  • 21Comara
  • 23Sangaré
Referee:
Peter Kamaku Waweru
Attendance:
7,530

Match Stats

Home TeamNamibiaAway TeamIvory Coast
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home18
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Namibia 1, Côte d'Ivoire 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Namibia 1, Côte d'Ivoire 4.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Kodjia (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxwel Cornet.

Goal!

Goal! Namibia 1, Côte d'Ivoire 4. Maxwel Cornet (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Franck Kessié following a fast break.

Larry Horaeb (Namibia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Côte d'Ivoire).

Petrus Shitembi (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Attempt saved. Benson Shilongo (Namibia) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riaan Hanamub with a cross.

Ronald Ketjijere (Namibia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ibrahim Sangaré (Côte d'Ivoire).

Foul by Benson Shilongo (Namibia).

Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Wilfried Bony.

Goal!

Goal! Namibia 1, Côte d'Ivoire 3. Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Franck Kessié.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Kanon.

Substitution

Substitution, Namibia. Benson Shilongo replaces Peter Shalulile.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Ibrahim Sangaré replaces Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Attempt missed. Maxwel Cornet (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire).

Booking

Deon Hotto (Namibia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Deon Hotto (Namibia).

Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Peter Shalulile (Namibia) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ronald Ketjijere with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Namibia. Isaskar Gurirab replaces Joslin Kamatuka.

Foul by Ronald Ketjijere (Namibia).

Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Namibia 1, Côte d'Ivoire 2. Joslin Kamatuka (Namibia) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Maxwel Cornet replaces Max-Alain Gradel.

Attempt missed. Petrus Shitembi (Namibia) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Peter Shalulile.

Foul by Peter Shalulile (Namibia).

Sylvain Gbohouo (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Petrus Shitembi (Namibia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Côte d'Ivoire).

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Larry Horaeb (Namibia).

Substitution

Substitution, Namibia. Willy Stephanus replaces Marcel Papama.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali21105234
2Tunisia20202202
3Angola20201102
4Mauritania201114-31

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon21102024
2Benin20202202
3Ghana20202202
4Guinea-Bissau201102-21
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