One would argue that entire Cote d’Ivoire team was in fine form when they beat Algeria by 3-1 on Sunday night at Estadio de Malabo, but Wilfried Bony was something special.
Yes, the return of speedy attacker Gervinho brought huge relief to Herve Renard’s men, but two goals by the new Manchester City man, Bony, earn him the man of the match award.
The former Swansea City man was ready to pounce at all times and timed his runs brilliantly. His first goal came from a beautiful run he made into the box as the defence thought he was offside. He got his head on the end of Gradel’s cross. 1-0.
Looking at the second strike, skipper, Yaya Toure delivered a pin point set-piece to the near post and Bony got his head to the ball and powered it past Rais Mbolhi.
The Ivorians’ next opponent is DR Congo in the semifinals and with their form reaching its peak at the right time, the Elephants are definitely one of the teams to watch in the last four.