Afcon 2023: Nigeria 1-2 Ivory Coast – Haller wins final for Elephants

Sebastien Haller was the hero for Ivory Coast again as the Elephants came from behind to beat Nigeria and win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final on home soil.

The striker, who had also netted the semi-final winner just 13 months on from his return from testicular cancer, flicked in Simon Adingra’s cross with the toe of his boot with nine minutes remaining to complete a second-half comeback and spark wild celebrations in Abidjan.

William Troost-Ekong had put Nigeria ahead seven minutes before the end of a cagey first half when the centre-back rose highest to powerfully head in from nine yards out following a corner.

Franck Kessie nodded in the equaliser in the 62nd minute when he was left unmarked at the back post from Adingra’s corner.

After a remarkable run to the final, which included the departure of coach Jean-Louis Gasset after two defeats in the group stage, the Ivorians clinched a third continental title with a deserved victory.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Nigeria

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 23NwabaliBooked at 53mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 21Bassey
  • 2AinaBooked at 90mins
  • 8OnyekaSubstituted forMoffiat 86′minutes
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forYusufat 79′minutes
  • 3SanusiSubstituted forAriboat 86′minutes
  • 11ChukwuezeSubstituted forSimonat 56′minutes
  • 18LookmanSubstituted forIheanachoat 79′minutes
  • 9Osimhen

Substitutes

  • 1Uzoho
  • 4Yusuf
  • 7Musa
  • 10Aribo
  • 12Osayi-Samuel
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 15Simon
  • 19Onuachu
  • 20Awaziem
  • 22Omeruo
  • 24Moffi
  • 25Onyedika

Ivory Coast

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Fofana
  • 17AurierBooked at 54minsSubstituted forSingoat 70′minutes
  • 7Kossounou
  • 21NdickaBooked at 90mins
  • 3Konan
  • 8Kessié
  • 4SeriSubstituted forAmaniat 90+2′minutes
  • 6FofanaBooked at 87minsSubstituted forSangaréat 88′minutes
  • 15GradelSubstituted forDiakitéat 70′minutes
  • 22HallerSubstituted forKrassoat 88′minutes
  • 24Adingra

Substitutes

  • 2Diomande
  • 5Singo
  • 9Bamba
  • 11Krasso
  • 13Boga
  • 14Diakité
  • 18Sangaré
  • 19Pépé
  • 20Kouamé
  • 23Sangaré
  • 26Diallo
  • 27Amani

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