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Africa Cup of Nations: Mali v Ivory Coast


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Ivorian Wilfried Zaha gets the ball on the edge of the box and lets one fly but his shot is blocked.


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Mali centre-back Youssouf
Kone decides to shoot from this 40-yard free-kick but his bouncing effort is caught by Sylvain Gbohouo. Ambitious.

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Mali are starting to grow into the game now, and Moussa Marega wins a free-kick 40 yards from goal.

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Ivory Coast are straight on the attack but a cross is just cut out before they can get a shot in.


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Mali v Ivory Coast (17:00 BST)

Mali make seven changes from the weakened side who beat Angola 1-0.

Striker Moussa Marega, defenders Hamari Traore, Youssouf Kone and Mamadou Fofana, midfielder Diadie Samassekou and wingers Moussa Djenepo and Abdoulay Diaby come back in.

Two players called Adama Traore drop to the bench.

The Ivory Coast make two changes up front, with Nicolas Pepe and Jonathan Kodjia replacing Max Gradel and Wilfried Bony. Wilfried Bony keeps his place.

Mali:Diarra, H Traore, Kone, Wague, Fofana, Haidara, Samassekou, Coulibaly, Marega, Djenepo, Diaby

Ivory Coast:
Gbohouo, Coulibaly, Gbamin, Traore, Mamadou, Kanon, Kessie, Serey, Zaha, Kodjia, Pepe

‘We have prepared for all possibilities’

Ivory Coast manager Ibrahima Kamara: “We will approach this match with a fighting spirit. The boys are motivated and know that there is no rest in such a competition.

“We have prepared for all possibilities that may occur especially since it is a knockout match.

“Mali is a good team so let’s not say the Ivory Coast are favorites.”

‘History belongs to historians’

Mali caretaker coach Mohamed Magassouba said: “As for the invincibility of the Ivory Coast against Mali, we say that it is history and it belongs to historians.

“Our strength is ourselves and every generation must build its own story.

“It’s a football game for which we are convinced to continue the adventure. We said well before the competition that we have prepared for this Afcon and we will play it to the end.”

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Mali v Ivory Coast (17:00 BST)

Hello and welcome to live text commentary of the Africa Cup of Nations last 16 tie between Mali and the Ivory Coast.

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