Ivory Coast reached the semi finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after their 3-1 win over Algeria on Sunday.

Manchester City new signing from Swansea City Wilfried Bony scored a brace before Yao Gervinho’s late goal to seal the Elephants victory.

Algeria’s equalizer was scored by Arabi Hillel Soudani who found the back of the net in the 51st minute, early in the second half off Riyad Mahrez’s pass across goal converting past the Elephants keeper Slyvian Gbohouo.

Wilfried Bony had found the opener in the 26th minute, a header off Max Gradel’s cross from the right wing after Serge Aurier had headed against the post for the Elephants.

Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi was denied by Gbohouo, before Bony scored Ivory Coast’s second in the 68th minute when he met Yaya Toure’s free kick from the right with a powerful header that M’Bolhi was unable to keep out.

Christian Gourcuff’s men had Islam Slimani join them in the final minutes as he went close to finding an equalizer but Gervinho sealed the Elephants win in stoppage time.

Gervinho met Tallo’s cross in the middle of Algeria’s box to finish at the far post past M’Bolhi. Ivory Coast will face DR Congo in the semi finals as they remain 90 minutes away from another final appearance.

Deputy Editor at Kawowo Sports. He is an aspiring Sport Psychologist.

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