FULL TIME: Cameroon 0 – 1 Cote d’Ivoire

  • Ivory Coast go through to the quarter-finals thanks to a 1-0 win over a desperately disappointing Cameroon side, who came into the tournament in resurgent form. Max Gradel’s spectacular strike separates the two sides in the end, though Cameroon were far worse on the whole and Finke finds himself staring into an uncertain future once again. Renard’s side march on however, securing a quarter-final clash with Algeria, while a draw tomorrow will determine whether Guinea or Mali are to join them in the next round.
  • 90′ + 4′
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    Yellow Card S. Gbohouo
  • 90′ + 3′
    Gbohouo is down injured at the moment, though the referee isn’t convinced and he books the goalkeeper for time wasting.
  • 90′ + 2′
    This really has been a strange performance from Cameroon. Finke’s men have been pretty woeful and even with a few minutes to go, staring at elimination, they are showing no urgency.
  • 90′
    There will be four minutes added on here.
  • 88′
    Aboubakar goes for goal and his attempt is decent, though it is straight at Gbohouo and he beats the ball away, with Ivory Coast clearing shortly after. They’re almost there.
  • 87′
    Free-kick now for Cameroon, as M’Bia is caught in the face by a high foot courtesy of Gradel. This is a great opportunity for an equaliser, with the set-piece about 30 yards out.
  • 85′
    IVORY COAST ALMOST GET ANOTHER! Tallo does brilliantly as he brings the ball down on his chest inside the Cameroon area, before producing a couple of keepy-uppies and then flicking the ball over his head. He takes both Bedimo and Chedjou out of the game and then tests Ondoa from a tight angle. The goalkeeper is equal to it, though.
  • 83′
    Yaya Toure’s day is over. The City star trudges off, looking a little leggy and he is replaced by Doukoure.
  • 82′
    SubstitutionYaya TouréCheick Doukoure
  • 82′
    Good play again by Aboubakar, as he drops to the edge of the area to collect a pass. He then turns and runs at the defence, skipping past two challenges, before seeing his shot blocked by Viera.
  • 80′
    Half-chance for Cameroon, as Choupo-Moting crosses in from the right. Aboubakar gets a touch on it, but Toure gets enough on it to take the sting out of it and Gbohouo collects.
  • 78′
    Ivory Coast get a lucky escape. Cameroon had seemingly won themselves a free-kick to the left of the area in the final third, after N’Jie was tripped by Aurier. However, the referee appears to have changed his mind and given it the other way, though his reasoning isn’t clear.
  • 76′
    Well, luckily for Ivory Coast, Cameroon are penalised as M’Bia hauled Yaya Toure to the ground. Their duel has been quite entertaining at times, though that was a bit pointless from the Sevilla man.
  • 75′
    Cameroon win a corner out of nothing down the left. Surely Ivory Coast can’t surrender their lead after dictating almost the entire game?
  • 73′
    Bony wins a free-kick in the centre circle from N’Koulou and Ivory Coast take it quickly, with Yaya Toure – who is back on – finding his City team-mate immediately. He runs at Chedjou and cleverly plays the ball between his legs, though he slips when he looked set to race into the area.
  • 71′
    The Cameroon corner is whipped into the danger area without causing much of an issue for the Ivory Coast defence, who quickly clear up towards Bony.
  • 69′
    N’Jie tries to make his presence known straight away, as he cuts in from the left and tries his luck from distance, seemingly inspired by Gradel. His effort is deflected behind, however.
  • 67′
    SubstitutionB. MoukandjoClinton NJie
  • 67′
    In the meantime, Cameroon have made another change. Moukandjo goes off after a rather ineffectual display, with N’Jie on.
  • 66′
    An uncomfortable moment for all Manchester City (and Ivory Coast) fans, as Yaya Toure goes down hurt. The midfielder was caught napping on the ball and M’Bia produced a strong – but fair – tackle on him. He limps off the pitch.
  • 64′
    ALMOST A SECOND! Bony races on to a hopeful ball played in the final third and he battles away with N’Koulou, who is lucky to avoid being penalised. The Manchester City forward gets a shot away, which Ondoa saves, and then Chedjou gets back to put him under even more pressure and Cameroon escape.
  • 63′
    Guihoata is another who has not impressed for Cameroon. The right-back ventures on a rare trip forward from defence, with Finke’s men sensing the chance to test the Ivory Coast back four. However, his first touch is poor, then he slips and ultimately fouls Tiene.
  • 61′
    There is the latest Ivory Coast change. Doumbia has disappointed yet again and heads for the bench, with Roma-owned Tallo on in his place.
  • 60′
    SubstitutionSeydou DoumbiaGadji Tallo
  • 60′
    Good movement by Choupo-Moting. The forward latches on to Guihoata’s lofted pass into the right side of the area and he brings it down well, before seeing his cross blocked.
  • 58′
    Mandjeck has been virtually anonymous in the midfield for Cameroon today, though he finds himself in possession now, before swiftly being tripped by Serey Die.
  • 57′
    There is the latest change. Etoundi makes way for Kweuke, in a rather like-for-like substitution. How much difference will that make?
  • 56′
    SubstitutionFranck EtoundiLeonard Kweuke
  • 55′
    Cameroon have been struggling in the final third generally, though. Etoundi has worked hard, but he has done little when in possession and it appears his race in run.
  • 53′
    That’s better from Cameroon. M’Bia brings the ball forward and manages to find his brother, Etoundi, who cleverly flicks it on to Moukandjo. He is then helped on to the left flank for the advancing Bedimo, whose cross lands on the edge of the area. Moukandjo again gets on the end of it and blasts a half-volley towards goal, with Kolo Toure blocking.
  • 51′
    Cameroon continue to flatter going foward. Etoundi comes across to the left and links with Bedimo, who attempts to play a return pass down the flank, but instead he knocks the ball straight out of play.
  • 50′
    GUINEA-MALI UPDATE: Mali have drawn level in Mongomo, making the score 1-1. That means Ivory Coast will go through as group winners should results stay as they are, while Guinea and Mali will go into a draw to determine who finishes second.
  • 49′
    Bright start to the second half for both sides, as Ivory Coast attack with intent down the left, before Cameroon win a corner, from which they create nothing.
  • 47′
    There was one change at the break, with Aboubakar back in the side in place of Salli, who seemingly pays the price for missing those two glorious chances.
  • 46′
    SubstitutionEdgar SalliVincent Aboubakar
  • 46′
    Off we go for the second half. Ivory Coast get us underway.
  • Cameroon 0-1 Ivory Coast: The referee brings the first half to an end, with Gradel’s sensational long-range effort separating the two teams. Renard’s men have generally been the better side, creating more clear-cut chances, though Edgar Salli should have restored parity twice, including that effort just before the break. There is plenty more in this, with Cameroon having some attacking options on the bench, though neutrals will be hoping for an improvement in the quality of football.
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    HUGE CHANCE! What an opportunity to equalise! Salli races through the middle and takes Moukandjo’s squared pass in stride, knocking the ball past Kolo Toure and Viera with a fine first touch. However, when through on goal, he blazes over the crossbar! Massive let-off for Ivory Coast.
  • 45′ + 1′
    There will be a minimum of three minutes added on here.
  • 45′
    Excellent counterattack by Ivory Coast. Gbohouo initially deals with the free-kick, punching away in confident fashion. His side race forward and Doumbia carries the ball into the attacking third, before sliding a pass to his right for Aurier. However, his eventual effort is tame and Ondoa makes an easy save.
  • 44′
    Good play by Etoundi, as the forward races up the right and cuts inside Kanon, drawing the left-back into making a foul. This is a good opportunity now, with half-time almost upon us.
  • 42′
    We are back underway and Gradel looks able to continue, as he seems to be running freely.
  • 40′
    The goal-scorer is down in a heap now. Gradel collided with Choupo-Moting, as neither player backed down, and the Ivory Coast man appears to have come off worse.
  • 38′
    Cameroon craft a decent chance for an immediate reply. M’Bia plays a fine pass into the area from deep, chipping over the defence for Salli. The attacker brings the ball down well, but he seems to think he has more time than in reality and Gbohouo rushes out and makes an important block.
  • 36′
    Goal Max-Alain Gradel
    GOAL!!!! IVORY COAST TAKE THE LEAD! What a hit! In a first half lacking quality, Max Gradel produces a moment of inspiration to put Renard’s men in the lead. The winger made the most of a slip by Guihoata, before lashing an unstoppable effort into the top-left corner from 30 yards.
  • 34′
    Good effort from Choupo-Moting! The Schalke man does brilliantly to bring the ball down on his chest in the area under pressure from Yaya Toure, before smashing a scissor-kick at Gbohouo.
  • 32′
    Yellow Card Yaya Touré
  • 32′
    Yaya Toure goes into a 50-50 challenge with Salli, as both players look to get the bouncing ball under control. However, the Manchester City star misses the ball and catches his counterpart in the groin. That’ll hurt!
  • 31′
    Aurier has been a real threat so far for Ivory Coast. This time he cuts inside from the right and pokes a clever pass into the area for Doumbia, though it is knocked a little too far ahead of the forward.
  • 29′
    Cameroon take the free-kick and work it well. Etoundi finds himself out on the left flank and he gets in behind Aurier, before cutting a low delivery into the area. Choupo-Moting looks set for an easy finish, but Viera is there to intercept and clear.
  • 28′
    SubstitutionE. BertrandOusmane Viera Diarrassouba
  • 28′
    It appears Bailly is not actually able to continue. Off he trots, with the assistance of the Ivory Coast medical staff and he is replaced by Viera.
  • 27′
    Yellow Card E. Bertrand
  • 27′
    Bailly is involved again, this time going straight into Salli from behind, about 35 yards from his own goal. Unsurprisingly, he goes into the referee’s book.
  • 26′
    Brief pause in play now as Bailly receives some medical attention. He appeared to be caught by a flailing arm, though he look fine to continue.
  • 24′
    Renard’s men win themselves another corner down the right, but again Ondoa proves himself able, as the 19-year-old races out and meets the delivery with a double-fisted punch. He has been very positive so far.
  • 22′
    Ivory Coast have been the livelier side going forward so far in this contest, with Ondoa undoubtedly the busier of the two goalkeepers. Cameroon have struggled to supply Etoundi with service, as Choupo-Moting continues to disappoint at this tournament.
  • 20′
    ONDOA TO THE RESCUE! Yaya Toure whips in a fierce free-kick delivery from deep on the right and Aurier rises highest to meet it, knocking a header towards the bottom-left corner. The Barcelona goalkeeper makes the save and Gradel is then denied by a defender on the rebound.
  • 18′
    GUINEA-MALI UPDATE! It’s all going on in Mongomo at the moment. Guinea are 1-0 up thanks to a Kevin Constant penalty, but Seydou Keita just missed a spot-kick of his own. Remember, if both matches finish level, the two teams involved in the higher-scoring tie go through.
  • 16′
    Good play by Gradel, as the Saint-Etienne man races up the right and manages to cross into the cetnre after getting beyond Bedimo. However, Chedjou is able to nod behind for a corner, which ultimately causes little danger for Cameroon.
  • 15′
    The Cameroon corner comes to nothing, as Serey Die blasts clear, but they are swiftly back on the front foot. Moukandjo appears to have robbed Kanon of the ball just to the left of the Ivory Coast area, before sliding in to Etoundi for an easy finish, but the referee awards a foul.
  • 14′
    Decent chance for Cameroon! The free-kick is delivered from the right and Etoundi gets his head to it with a powerful effort, though his attempt goes wide of the target after a slight deflection.
  • 13′
    Gbohouo races out to the left side of his area to collect a loose ball ahead of Etoundi. The goalkeeper appears to slide out of the box with the ball in his hands and the referee awards a free-kick, but replays show the decision was incorrect – Gbohouo released it before crossing the line.
  • 12′
    Aurier doesn’t get the better of Bedimo this time, as the Cameroon man holds firm and takes the ball away, before winning a free-kick from Yaya Toure.
  • 10′
    Another Bedimo delivery causes problems for Ivory Coast, this time a long throw in the final third. The left-back launches the ball into the area, with both M’Bia and Etoundi lurking, but Bailly manages to head clear.
  • 8′
    Free-kick in a deep position on the left for Cameroon now. Bedimo lofts the ball into the area towards Etoundi & Co., but Gbohouo comes out and punches clear in commanding fashion. Good goalkeeping.
  • 7′
    Cameroon are back on the attack themselves, however. Choupo-Moting manages to skip away from one challenge on the edge of the area, before teeing up Moukandjo, who drags wide from 25 yards.
  • 6′
    EARLY CHANCE FOR BONY! Serge Aurier does brilliantly down the right, as the full-back manages to get in behind Bedimo, before crossing into the centre. His delivery takes a slight deflection and the Manchester City forward manages to nudge it goalwards with his thigh, but the touch on the cross proved decisive, as Ondoa makes the save.
  • 5′
    Good link-up play between Bedimo and Moukandjo there, as the left-back brings the ball forward, picks out the pass and then latches on to a clever flicked effort from the midfielder. The move ultimately comes to nothing, though.
  • 3′
    By no means a frantic start in Malabo. The two teams are looking very deliberate about their respective styles at the moment, with the ball being knocked around patiently.
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    Off we go! Cameroon get us going!
  • The teams are out on the pitch as kick-off approaches.
  • Nevertheless, Renard has resisted the urge to drop any of his stars, with the Toure brothers, Bony and Doumbia retaining their places, while Kanon and Bailly also stay in the team. Gervinho continues to miss out following his red card against Guinea on matchday one, while Tiote is also suspended.
  • With nothing separating any of the teams in Group D, Ivory Coast find themselves in the same position as today’s opponents. Also championed as one of the pre-tournament favourites, Herve Renard’s men have only impressed in flashes, with consecutive 1-1 draws against Guinea and Mali putting them in an uncomfortable position, as they must now get a result against the strongest of the other teams in their group.
  • Vincent Aboubakar, billed as the country’s next big hope, appears to be the biggest casualty of Cameroon’s disappointing start to the competition, with the FC Porto forward dropped from the starting XI. Salli, who was something of a surprise choice when he started the opener against Mali, retains his place again, while Franck Etoundi – the younger brother of captain Stephane M’Bia – starts in Aboubakar’s place.
  • After a dismal World Cup campaign last year, which ended in Cameroon finishing bottom of Group A without a single point, coach Volker Finke did well to restore some pride in the country’s national team with a convincing Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. Though, the German finds himself coming under pressure once again after beginning the tournament with consecutive draws, meaning only a win will guarantee a spot in the final eight, with Cameroon initially one of the favourites to take home the trophy.
  • Ivory coast subs: Barry, Viera, Assale, Doukare, Kalou, Tallo, Akpa-Akpro, Diomande, Traore, Sayouba.
  • Ivory Coast starting XI (4-3-3): Gbohouo; Aurier, Kolo Toure, Bailly, Kanon, Tiene, Serey Die, Yaya Toure; Max Gradel, Doumbia, Bony.
  • Cameroon substitutes: N’Dy Assembe, Kweuke, Loe, Oyongo, N’Jie, Bagnack, Aboubakar, Enoh, Djeugoue, Kom, Ekeng, Abogo.
  • Cameroon starting XI (4-4-2): Ondoa; Ghihoata, N’Koulou, Chedjou, Bedimo; Salli, M’Bia, Mandjeck, Moukandjo; Choupo-Moting, Etoundi.