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Frederic Piquionne joins Doncaster Rovers

Piquionne exits Hammers to link up with former team-mate Diatta at Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers have persuaded striker Frederic Piquionne to join on loan from West Ham.

The 33-year-old turned down a move to China in favour of linking up with former St Etienne team-mate Lamine Diatta.

Moving on: Piquionne is heading north to join Donny

Moving on: Piquionne is heading north to join Donny

AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2012: Zambia 0 Ivory Coast 0 (AET 8-7 on pens): Zambia win tournament

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

Magic moment: Zambia celebrate the winning penalty

Golden opportunity: Drogba skies a second-half penalty

Golden opportunity: Drogba skies a second-half penalty

MATCH FACTS

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
later.

Out with a bang: Fireworks signaled the start of the final game of the tournament

Out with a bang: Fireworks signaled the start of the final game of the tournament

Close encounter: Zambia captain Christopher Katongo is challenged by Sol Bamba

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
yards.

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

Penalty: Gervinho is tripped inside the box

Key moment: Zambia goalkeeper Mweene Kennedy celebrates Drogba's miss

Key moment: Zambia goalkeeper Mweene Kennedy celebrates Drogba's miss

Better luck next time: Drogba is consoled by Yaya Toure

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

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
placed.

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

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

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Making history: Zambia's players celebrate after the shootout

Frederic Piquionne to join Doncaster

West Ham striker Piquionne set to join Doncaster on loan

Frederic Piquionne is ready to join Doncaster's French revolution.

The West Ham striker, 33, was wanted by Martin O'Neill at Sunderland during the transfer window and attracted interest from Wolves and Auxerre.

However, he is expected to link up on loan with friend and former Lyon team-mate Lamine Diatta at Doncaster.

French fancy: The West Ham striker is set to join Doncaster

French fancy: The West Ham striker is set to join Doncaster

Doncaster 0 Notts County 2: Hughes scores both

Doncaster 0 Notts County 2: Mad Dog's men produce cupset thanks to Hughes brace

Jeff Hughes grabbed a goal in each half as Notts County upset Doncaster to book their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Dean Saunders' npower Championship strugglers came into the game on the back of three consecutive home victories, but were more than matched in all departments by Martin Allen's League One outfit.

Hughes was gifted the opening goal when Rovers failed to deal with Alan Sheehan's 37th minute free-kick and the midfielder settled County nerves from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to play.

Net gains: Jeff Hughes was Notts County's cup hero with both goals

Net gains: Jeff Hughes was Notts County's cup hero with both goals

MATCH FACTS

Doncaster: Button; O'Connor, Lockwood, Hird, Beye; Stock, Barnes (Woods 70), Coppinger (Diouf 82), Hayter, Bennett, Bagayoko (Oster 58). Subs not used: Woods, Martis, Diatta, Gillett.

Booked: Diouf, Bennett

Notts County: Nelson, Kelly (Harley 65), Sheehan, Chilvers, Stewart, Bencherif, Bishop, J Hughes, Judge, Hawley, L Hughes (Burgess 81). Subs not used: Mitchell, Edwards, Pearce, Hollis, Allen.

Goals: J Hughes 37, 70 (pen)

Booked: Sheehan

Referee: Phil Gibbs

Att: 9,535

Giles Barnes passed up Doncaster's clearest opportunity when he shot over from close range moments before Hughes' second, while James Hayter toiled without reward in attack as El-Hadji Diouf watched 80 minutes from the substitutes' bench.

Mali international forward Mamadou Bagayoko made his Doncaster debut as one of four changes from the Rovers side that beat Barnsley on Monday, while Damion Stewart was selected for his Notts County bow in defence after joining on loan from Bristol City.

County enjoyed their first opening when Lee Hughes got the better of Rovers defender Sam Hird to find strike partner Karl Hawley, who shot narrowly past the post after 13 minutes.

The visitors settled impressively and Lee Hughes was inches away from breaking the deadlock with a header from full-back Julian Kelly's sublime cross.

Doncaster midfielder Brian Stock carelessly ceded possession inside his own half with 23 minutes gone, allowing Alan Judge to advance for the Magpies and drill wide from 20 yards.

Up for the cup: Fans from the League One side packed into the away end of the Keepmoat

Up for the cup: Fans from the League One side packed into the away end of the Keepmoat

Judge then engineered another opportunity at the end of some cute work in the inside right position, but home goalkeeper David Button reacted sharply to parry clear.

At the other end, Barnes spurned a free header from James Coppinger's 32nd-minute centre, nodding into the grateful arms of Stuart Nelson.

It was a miss Saunders' side would regret shortly afterwards when some sloppy defending saw Sheehan's right-wing delivery bounce loose at the back post for Jeff Hughes to steer home.

Flashes: Giles Barnes went close for Doncaster, but ultimately they disappointed

Flashes: Giles Barnes went close for Doncaster, but ultimately they disappointed

Kyle Bennett brought a fine save from Nelson with a swerving, dipping drive as Doncaster made a brighter start to the second half.

Lee Hughes had an effort deflected wide as Notts County continued to threaten on the break, but Doncaster were making the running and Hayter had a penalty appeal rejected when he went to ground under pressure from Stewart shortly after the hour.

Then Coppinger almost found a fortuitous equaliser when his arching cross had Nelson backpedalling to tip around the post.

The resulting corner was only partially cleared and when Coppinger sent the ball back into the area it fell to Barnes, who blazed wastefully over from 10 yards.

Mad Dog: Martin Allen continues to prove himself a more than capable manager

Mad Dog: Martin Allen continues to prove himself a more than capable manager

And once again, a Barnes miss was followed by a County goal as Bennett hacked through the back of Sheehan in the box and Jeff Hughes withstood some kidology from Button to coolly find the corner.

Bennett had the chance to redeem himself when Hayter played him into space in the County area, but he slashed wide before Diouf followed up a booking for dissent by heading past the post from fellow substitute Martin Woods' free-kick.