Zambia 0 Ivory Coast 0 (AET, 8-7 on pens): Drogba, Toure and Gervinho all miss from the spot as Copper Bullets pull off miracle
Zambia clinched their first African Nations Cup crown with a poignant penalty shoot-out win over Ivory Coast.
Nineteen years after a plane crash which killed 18 members of their squad in Libreville, the Chipolopolo returned to the Gabon capital to record the most famous victory in the country's history.
Magic moment: Zambia celebrate the winning penalty
Golden opportunity: Drogba skies a second-half penalty
Zambia: Mweene,Musonda (Nyambe Mulenga 11), Sunzu, Himonde, Nkausu, Sinkala, Lungu, Chansa, Christopher Katongo, Kalaba, Mayuka, Nyambe Mulenga (Felix Katongo 74).
Subs Not Used: Kalililo, Kasonde, Mbesuma, Chamanga, Chivuta, Chintu, Kangwa, Sakuwaha, Titima.
Booked: Nyambe Mulenga.
Ivory Coast: Barry, Tiene, Toure, Bamba, Gosso, Zokora (Konan 75), Tiote, Toure Yaya (Bony 86), Gervinho, Kalou (Gradel 63), Drogba.
Subs Not Used: Yeboah, Boka, Doumbia, Coulibaly, Keita, Lolo, Eboue,Gnanahouan.
Booked: Tiote, Bamba.
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal).
A dramatic shoot-out at the end of 120
minutes of largely underwhelming football went the way of Zambia when
Gervinho shot wide and Stophira Sunzu stepped up to slot home.
The final proved a tale of penalty woe for Ivory Coast, chasing their
first continental crown for 20 years, with Didier Drogba also failing
from the spot during the 90 minutes.
But the win was ultimately no more than Zambia deserved for a plucky display against the odds.
The underdogs started brightly and almost claimed a second-minute lead,
Nathan Sinkala's low drive superbly saved by Ivory Coast goalkeeper
Boubacar Barry low to his right.
Zambia boss Herve Renard was forced into a reshuffle after 11 minutes
when defender Joseph Musonda was forced from the field in tears after
catching his knee in the turf when making a challenge.
Nyambe Mulenga came on but the change did not disrupt the Zambians'
flow, with Chisamba Lungu looping a header narrowly over two minutes
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It took Ivory Coast's star-studded line-up 30 minutes to create a
noteworthy chance, a clever backheel from Drogba picking out Yaya Toure
but the Manchester City midfielder failing to find the target from eight
The match degenerated into a scrappy affair after half-time with neither
side able to put together a period of sustained pressure.
Penalty: Gervinho is tripped inside the box
Key moment: Zambia goalkeeper Mweene Kennedy celebrates Drogba's miss
But in a rare moment of quality, Gervinho provided Drogba with the
chance to redeem himself for his penalty shoot-out miss in the 2006
final defeat to Egypt.
The Arsenal forward burst into the area and was felled by a combination
of Isaac Chansa and Mulenga, but Drogba sidefooted his spot-kick
horribly over the bar.
The Elephants had another chance to win it in normal time but substitute
Max Gradel, having turned his man inside the area, shot inches wide of
the far post.
Extra-time: Ivory Coast head coach Francois Zahoui speaks to his players at the end of 90 minutes
Zambia also had a late chance with a wonderful tackle from Kolo Toure
preventing Emmanuel Mayuka from getting a shot on goal when he was well
Zambia had the only chance in the first period of extra-time and it almost resulted in the opening goal.
Felix Katongo beat his marker down the right and crossed for brother
Christopher, whose close-range shot would have sneaked in at the near
post but for a vital touch from Barry's boot.
Head over heels: Cheick Tiote watches on as Bamba is challenged by Katongo
Ivory Coast had two chances to win it after the break but Didier Ya
Konan curled an effort just wide while, after 117 minutes, Gradel took
an airshot when well placed.
The shoot-out was locked at 7-7 after 14 nerveless penalties before Kolo Toure saw his effort saved by Kennedy Mweene.
Rainford Kalaba fluffed his big moment by shooting over the bar but
there was no second reprieve when Gervinho missed and Sunzu slotted in.
Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout