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Afcon 2021: Ivory Coast Player Ratings after outstanding Algeria victory - Pepe, Sangare shine

4:59 AM MYT 21/01/2022
Ibrahim Sangare of Ivory Coast.
The 2015 champions saw off the Desert Warriors who exited the competition sitting bottom of Group E

GOAL rates Ivory Coast's players after their 3-1 win over Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations game on Thursday in Douala.

  • Badra Ali Sangare goalkeeper of Ivory Coast.

    Badra Sangare - 8/10

    Although he did not manage to register another group stage clean sheet, he was outstanding as he dealt with the few challenges posed by the Algerian side. 

    The goalkeeper denied Islam Slimani from close range as he parried away his header before he tipped another from Yacine Brahimi over the bar in the 81st minute.

  • Ghislain Konan of Ivory Coast 2021,

    N'Clomande Konan - 7/10 

    Konan was always at ease while he kept Algeria's dangerman, Riyad Mahrez at bay.

    He was also part of the attacking personnel when Ivory Coast dominated and spent time in the opponents' half.

  • Jean Seri of Ivory Coast.

    Jean Seri - 6.5/10 

    He gave Algeria an easy free-kick in the first minute when he roughly tackled Baghdad Bounedjah. He was lucky as Algeria failed to make use of the set-piece as Mahrez's delivery was blocked by the wall. 

    He was, however, good and tactical as he kept Mohamed Belaili in constant check.

  • Kouakou Kossounou of Ivory Coast.

    Kouakou Kossounou - 7/10

    The  Bayer Leverkusen star was part of a formidable defence set up by Ivory Coast, who managed to eliminate the North Africans in a rather convincing manner.

  • Simon Deli of Ivory Coast.

    Simon Deli - 5/10

    His 11th-minute clearance saved Ivory Coast from going down. The defender was quick to clear the danger before Benrahma - who was lurking around - could take the ball and potentially score.

    He conceded a second-half penalty as he attempted to stop Belaili and was lucky not to have been sent off as he was already on a yellow card.

  • Serge Aurier of Ivory Coast.

    Serge Aurier - 8.5/10

    The full-back made a great tackle in the fifth minute to stop Mohamed Benrahma, who was surging towards the goal from the left wing. 

    His pinpoint free-kick delivery gave the Elephants a perfect chance to double their lead just before the half-time break.

  • Max Gradel and Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast.

    Max-Alain Gradel - 6/10

    The Sivasspor winger was a constant threat and gave the Algerian defenders a difficult time tracking him as he kept switching positions to hoodwink his markers.

  • Ibrahim Sangare of Ivory Coast.

    Ibrahim Sangare - 9/10

    Sangare tracked back when the situation needed him to do so, and this gave Ivory Coast numerical strength to deny Algeria space to exploit in search of goals. 

    He scored Ivory Coast's second goal after a well-timed header six minutes before the half-time break.

  • Franck Kessie of Ivory Coast.

    Franck Kessie - 8/10 

    The AC Milan forward broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute after clinical link-up play by his teammates.  

    He was largely involved in the build-up to the second goal as well and was deservedly named the man of the match.

  • Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast.

    Nicolas Pepe - 9/10

    Could have done better with his seventh-minute chance, as he sent the ball over the bar after he received a pinpoint pass from Sangare, before he went on to provide an assist that gave the 2015 champions the lead in the 39th minute. 

    The Arsenal forward beautifully scored the third goal for the West Africans as they condemned the reigning champions to a defeat.

  • Sebastien Haller of Ivory Coast.

    Sebastien Haller -  7/10

    Provided an assist for Pepe to score the third goal before his own was ruled out by the VAR in the third minute of added time.

  • Habib Maiga of Ivory Coast.

    Habib Maiga - 5/10

    The midfielder was yellow-carded in the 72nd minute after he had just replaced Aurier. 

  • Wilfried Zaha o Ivory Coast.

    Wilfried Zaha - Not Rated

    He came on for Pepe in the 85th minute when his side was already dominating.