Algeria snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against the Ivory Coast; Ghana dump hosts Angola out the African Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast 2 – Algeria 3 (AET) (African Cup of Nations quarter-finals, January 24, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The Ivory Coast got off to a fantastic start against Algeria as a Yaya Toure shot was deflected into the path of Salomon Kalou who calmly slotted home after four minutes. The north Africans hit back before the break when a long diagonal ball was brilliant controlled by Karim Matmour on the edge of the box, and the Gladbach forward fired his shot in off the post. Once again at the tournament the fans were served up an incredible grandstand finish. With extra time beckoning the Ivory Coast had one foot in the semis when Kader Keita scored the goal of the tournament with a fabulous 30-yard rocket into the top corner. But within a minute Algeria once again proved they never say die, Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra the hero as he headed in a left wing cross at the back post. (Keita & Bougherra goals.) With their tails up Algeria struck early in extra time, Ziani whipped in a right-footed cross from the left and Blackpool’s Hameur Bouazza headed home.

Angola 0 – Ghana 1 (African Cup of Nations quarter-finals, January 24, 2010) The Ghanaians struck first in their quarter final with Angola on the quarter hour, the tournament hosts falling behind for the first time in the competition when forward Asamoah Gyan produced an accomplished finish to place the ball in the far corner from Asamoah’s brilliant through-ball.