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Group Stage Finish:
Côte d'Ivoire: First in Group B (nine points)
Equatorial Guinea: Second in Group A (six points)
Côte d'Ivoire: Salomon Kalou
Equatorial Guinea: Rodolfo Bodipo
At the beginning of the Africa Cup of Nations, no one thought that co-host Equatorial Guinea would have had a legitimate chance of winning any matches, let alone advancing into the knockout stage. Yet the Nzalang Nacional were able to defeat Libya and group favorite Senegal to reach the quarterfinals.
In their way is a Côte d'Ivoire side that certainly is among the best in this entire tournament. The Côte d'Ivoire won all three of their matches with relative ease, not conceding one goal in the process.
Of course, when you have to face the Kolo brothers, Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and whole host of African stars, it always will be a difficult matchup, no matter who you are.
For Equatorial Guinea, it appears that they will need to play for honor. Their players are not going to be skilled enough to have a legitimate chance to knock off the Côte d'Ivoire; they can only hope to make the match entertaining.
Result: Côte d'Ivoire 4 Equatorial Guinea 0