Arsenal striker, Gervinho, be decisive Ivory Coast victory over Mali in the African Nations Cup semi-final on Wednesday or Thursday (02/09/2012). Tally in the 45th minute to win 1-0 as well as Ivory Coast qualified for the 2012 African Nations Cup finals.
In the finals, the Ivory Coast will be against Zambia. Previously, Zambia qualified for the finals after a 1-0 win over Ghana in the semi-final match. Mayuka scored a goal in the 78th minute.
After successfully taking over the ball of Ousmane Berthe, Gervinho took the ball and sprinting 30 meters to the goal Mali. After obtaining a room, he kicks off the break a goal Mali in the 45th minute.
In the second half, Mali in fact appear to attack for the equalizer. However, the Ivory Coast play disciplined and able to break the breakthrough for Mali. In addition, Ivory Coast are also occasionally attacked. However, no goal until the game ends.
Gervinho feel happy able to hew a goal that took his team to the finals. "That's my steps. It's nice to get a goal as important as that," said Gervinho.
Ivory Coast coach, Francois Zahoui feel satisfied with the victory. "It's a tough match and a little emotional. But, the experience that our players make the team was able to resolve the situation," he said.
Ivory Coast star, Didier Drogba, also praised the opponent look good. "We have to take your hat off for Mali. But, we are happy to go to the finals," said Drogba.