AFCON AFCON 2023: Nzalang National Humble Elephants To Top Group A

At the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea defeated Ivory Coast 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe on Monday night, resulting in the Ivory Coast’s most severe loss on home territory.

After the win, Nzalang Nacional emerged victorious in Group A, with the Elephants presently occupying the third spot on the log.

Equatorial Guinea leads Group A after defeating Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau and drawing with Nigeria.

For the first ten minutes of the match, the hosts controlled the majority of the ball as they got the game underway.

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Equatorial Guinea was pushed to the edge of their own box by Ivory Coast as they started playing more productively after the dust settled at the Olympic Stadium in Ebimpe.

Equatorial Guinea occasionally launched attacks in an effort to catch the home team off guard.

However, it seemed that their counterparts were having trouble keeping up with the Ivorian’s vigour.

In the 29th minute, Nicolas Pepe had the best opportunity of the first half when he found himself one-on-one with Jesus Owono in goal.

Owono did well to judge the scenario and intercept the ball before trying to run around the goalie.

But in the 41st minute, Emilio Nsue of Equatorial Guinea put his name on the scoresheet, ending the tie.

Carlos Akapo darted into the area, taking the Ivorian defence by surprise. He then found Nsue, who finished calmly to guide the ball home.

Ibrahim Sangaré’s goal just before halftime gave the Elephants hope that they had tied the score.

But the midfield player was seen by the VAR referees to be offside.

Ivory Coast managed a strong second-half opening and generated a few opportunities for goals in the process.

Just before the hour, Owono made a superb stop to keep his team in the match when Christian Kouamé found himself one-on-one with the goalie.

The 66th minute goal by second-half substitute Jean-Philippe Krasso put the Ivorian supporters in a euphoric mood. Their joy was short-lived, though, as the attacker was flagged to be offside by the VAR authorities.

Pablo Ganet’s incredible free-kick attempt in the 73rd minute extended his country’s lead, shocking the crowd at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe.

A devastated Ivory Coast team was then exploited by Equatorial Guinea two minutes later when Nsue completed a quick counterattacking move en route to goal.

In the 88th minute, Jannick Buyla added Equatorial Guinea’s fourth goal following yet another disastrous transitional move towards the finish of the game.

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