AFCON 2015 Final: Ghana 0-0 Ivory Coast Player Ratings

GHANA

Razak Brimah 6

One heart-stopping flap from a simple cross but was not tested by the Ivorian attack. Missed the sudden death penalty.

Harrison Afful 7

Gervinho is still throbbing in his back pocket. Solid performance by the Esperance full back.

Jonathan Mensah 6

Didn’t have much to do against an Ivory Coast team that played on the counter, no nonsense clearances when any situation looked ominous.

John Boye 7

Another good performance, this time keeping Bony at bay and also having a no-nonsense approach with his clearances.

Baba Rahman 8

Had Gradel and Gervinho to contend with at various points but they got no joy out of him due to his excellent defending.

Afriyie Acquah 7

Fine midfield display where he water-carried well again to ensure Serey Die and Yaya Toure didn’t influence proceedings.

Mubarak Wakaso 6

The long range shots were not pretty but his tackling was crucial in stopping Yaya Toure establish a rhythm.

Christian Atsu 7

Caused constant problems for Siaka Tiene with his pace, any breakthrough looked likely to come from his effervescence.

Andre Ayew 6

Occupied by Serge Aurier so had to do some tracking back and largely did it very well. Pumped up for the penalty shootout; it was a sorry sight to see him so heartbroken.

Kwesi Appiah 5

Finally up against some adequate defenders and did not look good enough for such a high level.

Asamoah Gyan 3

Had little to offer; he was clearly not fit despite being deemed fit enough to start. Disgraceful, deliberate stamp on Bailly – remarkable hypocrisy given how Yattara’s tackle effectively ended Gyan’s tournament.

Notable substitutions

Jordan Ayew 5

Couldn’t make an impact at a time when the game was even more cagey.

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IVORY COAST

Boubacar Barry 8

Poor sportsmanship during the penalty shootout, but that was payback for all those years of ridicule. Was rarely called into action during the 90 minutes. Save Brimah’s penalty then converted his with aplomb to finally taste international success.

Serge Aurier 7

Quieter than usual with his end product surprisingly disappointing despite getting the best of Andre Ayew in the final third. Great composure to step up and successfully convert the first Ivory Coast penalty after the first two had been missed.

Eric Bailly 6

An awful lot of jostling with John Boye at set-pieces but was an assured reader of situations along the ground.

Kolo Toure 6

Man-marked a half-fit Asamoah Gyan and an overawed Kwesi Appiah with relative ease. A quiet day at the office for the Liverpool centre back

Wilfried Kanon 7

Had to shift behind Tiene to cover him against the rapid Atsu and was reliable once again. Arguably Ivory Coast’s most consistent performer in the whole tournament.

Siaka Tiene 5

Could not handle the pace of Atsu down the left and that doubt meant he rarely got forward.

Serey Die 6

Extremely lucky to be on the pitch after a reckless tackle on Wakaso, but recovered well and did the dirty work in midfield again.

Yaya Toure 5

Unable to influence proceedings with a passing success rate of approximately 70%, and Ivory Coast nearly paid for it.

Max Gradel 4

Has faded after the first four opening games; game passed him by before he was substituted.

Gervinho 6

Sporadic liveliness but needed to be at his very best for the Ivorian attack to function well, but was contained by Rahman and Afful on either flank.

Wilfried Bony 4

Poor on the ball with a passing accuracy of 53%. May have a medal and two goals to his name but still doesn’t look a natural fit in Ivory Coast’s system.

Notable substitutions

Seydou Doumbia 6

Came on for Gradel but didn’t look comfortable out wide. Superb penalty to level the scores in the shootout.

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