FT: Algeria 2 Ivory Coast 2

And that's it! Cote d'Ivoire are through the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals as winners of Group D. They're joined in the next round by Togo, while Tunisia and Algeria will head back to north Africa knowing there's plenty of work to do ahead of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it, I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your week. Cheers all!

So close to a winner for Drogba now, but after being teed-up some six yards out he can't get proper connection on the ball and the keeper makes an easy save.

Abdul Razak now needs to be stretchered off as the final moments of this match are disrupted by injuries.

Not a good sign of Ivory Coast as Emmanuel Eboue is down on the ground and rolling around in some pain. He's only been on the field a few minutes, although the Elephants do still have one more available substitute. Meanwhile, there will be five minutes of injury-time for one of these sides to get the winner.

We're into the final minute of the 90, and is there to be a late match-winner here this evening?

Final throw of the dice for Algeria now as Saad Tedjar is introduced at the expense of Khaled Lemmouchia, while Ivory Coast also make a change, Emmanuel Eboue getting the final five minutes to impress.

A second change for Algeria now as Foued Kadir comes on for El Arbi Soudani, who is obviously struggling with the knock he received earlier.

That just goes to show you cannot write the Ivory Coast off. It's Wilfried Bony who scores his side's second, his rasping drive taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot the goalkeeper and send the ball into the back of the net.

GOAL! Algeria 2-2 Ivory Coast! Wilfried Bony!

Huge incident in the night's other match, with Tunisia winning themselves a pretty soft penalty, but Khaled Mouelhi's spot-kick is struck against the post. That goal would have put the Eagles through to the quarter-finals ahead of Togo, but after that miss it's still Emmanuel Adebayor's side who will join Cote d'Ivoire in the next round.

Ivory Coast have a goal, and it's none other than Didier Drogba, who rises high in the area to get his head to a lopping delivery to send the ball past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

GOAL! Algeria 2-1 Ivory Coast! Didier Drogba!

El Arbi Soudani is clattered into and needs some treatment, but he's able to get to his feet and should be okay to soldier on.

Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi looks a bit sheepish down there on the touchline, and I'm sure he didn't expect such an implosion from his side in this half.

That's what the Algerian fans have missed the whole tournament; a clinical finish from one of the frontmen. They've got it now though as El Arbi Soudani comes storming into the area to meet a delivery from out wide before slamming his header past the goalkeeper.

GOAL! Algeria 2-0 Ivory Coast! El Arbi Soudani!

Didier Ya Konan's delivery is poor though and is headed straight out for another corner, while his second attempt is much better, but Kolo Toure can only head over the crossbar.

Arouna Kone, who has been full of running this evening, makes another break down the right wing and earns his side a corner...

That goal doesn't really effect the outcome of Group D, as Tunisia's 1-1 draw against Togo means it's still the Ivory Coast who are through as group winners, joined in the quarter-finals by the Togolese.

Another golden chance for Algeria to find their first goal of AFCON 2013 after Arthur Boka handled in the area, and substitute Sofiane Feghouli, after being on only a matter of seconds, makes no mistake by slamming his effort into the top corner of the net.

GOAL! Algeria 1-0 Ivory Coast! Sofiane Feghouli!

Penalty to Algeria!

First change of the evening for Algeria now, with Sofiane Feghouli coming on for the impressive, if ineffective, Ryad Boudebouz.

Meanwhile, El Arbi Soudani almost inflicts injury on himself after tripping on the ball before sliding into the advertising boards, but he quickly picks himself up and gets back to the business of football.

Algeria get the ball into the area where Ryad Boudebouz tries to control, but his touch is just off and he gives the ball to the defence, who can hoof clear.

Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic looks hugely frustrated down on the sidelines. You would be too if your job was on the line, which reports claim is exactly the position the tactician finds himself in, with the side having failed to find the back of the net in some 237 minutes of AFCON 2013 action.

Algeria have a set-piece right on the edge of the area now as Daniel Yeboah inexplicably walks out of his area while holding the ball, but the indirect free-kick is wasted after Abdul Razak can only fire the set-up against the wall. The Elephants goalkeeper is having an absolute 'mare this evening, but Algeria are yet unable to take advantage.

A free-kick in a dangerous position for the Elephants now, but Didier Drogba seems to scuff his shot and it rolls wide for a goal-kick.

Algeria have a free-kick in a promising position on the angle of the area, with Abdul Razak's dangerous delivery being flicked on to Essaid Belkalem, but after finding himself completely unmarked at the far-post he can only head straight at Daniel Yeboah, who collects the second attempt.

Just one change at the break to tell you about, with Ivory Coast introducing Didier Ya Konan for N'Dri Romaric.

And we're back under way for the second-half!

And the referee brings the first-half to a close. The two sides head down the tunnel with the scores still at 0-0, although with Togo and Tunisia drawing in the night's other match, they won't mind too much as they still top the group. Algeria, though, will be desperate not to leave the tournament without a single goal, and hopefully we can expect more after the restart. Join me after the break to find out.

The fourth official raises his board and shows there will be just one minute of time added on here at the end of the first-half.

Didier Drogba goes down in another very theatrical dive, and then waves away the referee's calls to get up, preferring to stay down and wait for the medical staff to come on and whip out the miracle spray.

This has proved a largely scrappy opening half of football, and although there's been plenty of chances, the finishing has really been below par from both sets of strikers and the respective coaches will undoubtedly have something to say about it at the break.

El Arbi Soudani gets a shot on target now, although it's a bit of a tame effort and I would have been very surprised if that beat Daniel Yeboah, even given his two early mistakes. Up at the other end and Didier Drogba works himself a shooting space, but he snatches at his effort and lifts the ball well over the crossbar.

Another route-one ball from Algeria now, and this one sails all the way through to the Ivory Coast goalkeeper.

Daniel Yeboah again fumbles a cross in his own area, although this time the keeper is let off by the referee, who blows his whistle for a foul from Islam Slimani.

Ivory Coast work a good passing move now but Kalou's attempted delivery into the area is blocked point-blank.

There's been a number of balls played over the top recently, but the respective defences aren't bothered by those and easily deal with any potential threat.

Meanwhile, Tunisia get themselves back on level terms against Togo, with Khaled Mouelhi equalising from a penalty, although a draw is not enough for the Eagles to progress as they're level on points with Togo, but three goals behind their opponents in the standings.

Algeria with another flowing move now, with Adlane Guedioura putting a really dangerous ball across the face of goal, but there aren't any team-mates around and the ball flies out for a goal-kick.

It's a wonderful dipping effort from Didier Drogba, but he's just off on his placement as the ball flies just wide of the up-right.

First booking of the evening now for Algeria's Mehdi Lacen after he goes in studs-up on Didier Drogba. The Ivory Coast man goes down quite theatrically, but he's quickly on his feet to line-up the set-piece...

Ivory Coast look to get their momentum going again and work the ball around nicely, although Djamel Mesbah brings an end to all that with a well-timed sliding challenge on Kalou.

The referee is quite whistle-happy today and is blowing up for everything at the moment, which is starting to effect the ebb and flow of this football match.

Daniel Yeboah shows signs of his inexperience as he comes to collect a routine cross into the area, but completely fumbles it with Drogba lurking. The keeper does manage to eventually take control of the ball, but that could have ended very differently for the shot-stopper.

News from tonight's other Group D match, and Togo are leading Tunisia 1-0 thanks to Serge Gakpe's 13th minute goal, which was set up by Emmanuel Adebayor. As it stands then it will be IVory Coast going through as group winners, joined in the quarter-finals by Togo. Tunisia, meanwhile, need to score two now as only a win tonight will do it for them.

Algeria threaten to score now as El Arbi Soudani gets on the end of a gorgeous delivery into the area, but the goalkeeper is off his line in a flash and is able to play the ball out off the striker. Really good net-minding their from Daniel Yeboah.

The Elephants attack again, but Salomon Kalou really has to do better with his finishing after fooling three defenders in the area to open up the whole goal at his mercy, but he somehow blazes his shot well over from only a few yards out.

Arouna Kone has a vicious shot at goal from the edge of the area, but it's straight at the chest of Essaid Belkalem, who will feel that one later.

Ivory Coast look to make the opposition pay for that miss as Didier Drogba clips a dangerous ball to the far-post, with Salomon Kalou waiting to pounce, but Rafik Halliche just gets there first and heads behind for the game's first corner. It's a poor delivery though and doesn't clear the first man and Algeria can relieve the pressure.

Ryad Boudebouz now wins his side a free-kick, but they can't make anything of it as the defenders easily clear.

What a chance for Algeria to score their first goal of the tournament as El Arbi Soudani was brought down by Ismael Traore, and although replays show the foul was outside the area, the referee points to the spot. Up steps Ryad Boudebouz, but he smashes his low drive against the base of the post before holding his head in his hands.

Penalty missed!

Penalty to Algeria!

Abdul Razak drives through the middle of the park, carrying the ball some 50 yards before having a dig from way out, but he doesn't connect properly and a deflection takes even more sting out of it to allow the keeper a simple save.

Algeria show some nice movement of their own now as Adlane Guedioura controls with his chest before running through on goal, but play is brought back as the linesman flags for off-side.

Ivory Coast show some early attacking intent, but Didier Drogba's through-ball for former Chelsea team-mate Salomon Kalou is too strong and the forward can't keep it in play.

And here we go for the final round of Group D fixtures at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations!

While I've been waffling on, the teams have got the respective national anthems out of the way, and the pre-match formalities are being completed, meaning we're just moments away from the kick-off.

I briefly mentioned tonight's other game, between Tunisia and Togo, but lets touch a bit more on that one. The permutations are simple enough, Togo need only a draw to progress, while a win coupled with an Ivory Coast defeat, and a three-goal swing in goal difference, will see Togo finish top and Cote d'Ivoire second. Tunisia, though, need nothing but the three points to progress, while as I said earlier, Algeria are already definitely out.

Algeria, meanwhile, have dropped Sofiane Feghouli and Foued Kadir from the starting XI as they look for their first points, and goal, of the tournament.

So, as expected, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi makes wholesale changes to his side, with nine new faces in the starting XI compared to that which beat Tunisia 3-0 last time out, with Didier Drogba given the nod to start up front while Romaric and Salomon Kalou are the only survivors.

Ivory Coast: Yeboah, Boka, I Traore, K Toure, Lolo, Romaric, Abdul Razak, Kalou, Bony, A Kone, Drogba

Algeria: M'Bolhi, Mesbah, Halliche, Belkalem, Mostefa, Lacen, Lemmouchia, Guedioura, Soudani, Slimani, Boudebouz

As promised, the starting XIs...

We'll take a look at the teams shortly, but first why not drop me a line with your own thoughts or predictions for tonight's game, and even the group, by emailing ryan.gordon@teamtalkmedia.com.

Care to make things a little bit more interesting? Well, why not visit our friends at Sky Bet, who have Algeria the underdogs for the win at 4/1, while a Cote d'Ivoire victory will fetch you 7/10, while a draw is at 13/5.

Cote d'Ivoire, meanwhile, are already guaranteed their place in the quarter-finals, but will still be battling it out with Togo and Tunisia for top-spot, although the Elephants have a three-point lead over those two sides, and also enjoy a vastly superior goal difference.

Algeria will be looking to maintain a semblance of pride at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, with the north Africa giants unable to progress any further than the group stages after losing both of their opening matches. A bitter blow for the 1990 AFCON winners, who can only hope to finish above rivals Tunisia in the standings.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our live commentary of the final 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group D clash between Algeria and Cote d'Ivoire. I'm Ryan Gordon and I'll be taking you through all the action, with kick-off scheduled for 19:00 (17:00 GMT).


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