Bata - Veteran Ivory Coast goalkeeper Copa Barry saved a penalty
and then got up and scored for his team during a sudden death penalty shootout
to win the 2015 Africa Nations Cup.
After the cup final ended goalless after 120 minutes of
tense football, the penalty shootout went to sudden death and in the end the
Ivorians won 9-8 with goalkeeper Copa Barry netting the decisive kick.
Ghana goalkeeper Razak Braimah was the man whose penalty was
saved by Barry, who then got up and netted the very next kick to win the
In the 11th minute Yaya Toure went down inside the danger
area after a challenge, but while he was looking for a penalty the match
official was having none of it as the game recorded some tough tackles in the
In the 16th minute Max Gradel missed the target after Ghana
had made an error in defence to allow the midfielder to slip into space and
fire a shot wide of goal.
The impressive Christian Atsu came very close to the opener
in the 25th minute when he let rip with a left footed drive from outside the 18
area that cannoned off the upright.
Then in the 36th minute Andrew Ayew looked to cross from the
left by-line, but the angle was too tight and his cross effort took a slight
deflection and squeezed off the outside of the upright.
In the 53rd minute Atsu cut inside from the right wing and
passed inside for Asamoah Gyan, but he shot high and wide from the 'D' outside
the big box.
A minute later Ghana centre back John Boye made a vital
challenge to win the ball ahead of Gervinho, who would have been in on goal
In the 69th minute John Boye rose well and headed just wide
of goal following a half chance for Ghana in the Ivorian penalty area.
Three minutes later and Atsu made an impact once more, this
time he beat his man down the right of the box, but his pull-back fell behind
Gyan, who could not get a clean shot on target.
In the final minute of regulation time Serge Aurier's low cross
forced a save from Braimah and his defence cleared the loose ball as the Black
Stars were close to allowing the Ivorians in to score.
No goals at full time and the game moved to the thirty
minute extra time period.
Three minutes into the first half of extra time and Atsu
came close when he controlled a long ball brilliantly on his chest before
acrobatically volleying wide of the target.
Atsu was again at it in the second half of extra time when
his left footed half volley zipped wide of goal in the 111th minute.
The extra time period still could not separate the two teams
as neither side could score in 120 minutes of play.
The tie went to the dreaded penalty shootout and it was the
Ivorians who came out winners 9-8 after sudden death spot kicks.
No score after extra time. Ivory Coast win 9-8 on penalties.
Penalty sequence: Wakaso scores, Bony misses; J Ayew scores,
Tallo misses; Acquah saved, Aurier scores; Acheampong misses, Doumbia scores; A
Ayew scores, Yaya Toure scores; Mensah scores, Kalou scores; Agyemang-Badu
scores, Kolo Toure scores; Afful scores, Kanon scores; Rahman scores, Bailly
scores; Boye scores, Serey Die scores; Braimah saved, Barry scores
Copa Barry, Kolo Toure, Siaka Tiene (Salomon
Kalou 116’), Serge Wilfried Kanon, Eric Bailly, Serge Aurier, Yaya Toure,
Geoffroy Serey Die, Max Gradel (Seydou Doumbia 67’), Gervinho (Tallo 120’),
Razak Braimah, Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan
Mensah, Baba Rahman, Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Christian Atsu (Frank
Acheampong 117’), Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan (Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu 120’), Kwesi
Appiah (Jordan Ayew 99’)