Didier Drogba and the Ivory Coast changed the gear in their last group game against champions Ghana
to become the first team to qualify to the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations.
Ghana a team with a number of stars, and their Ivorian contenders showed up without Micheal Essien who was on the bench for the first 45, Muntari who was kicked out of the team for disciplinary reasons and Stephen Appiah who has missed the second tournament so far due to injury. And a team lead by Asamoah and other small but talented guns wanted to face a huge elephant led by the world best stars such as Diddier Drogba, Kolo and Yaya Toure, Silvinho and Kalou, and just looking at this Ivorian team, you could see burial for the Black Stars of Ghana.
Silvinho converted the first chance early in the first half and put the elephant ahead on a close range to win. But the game seemed to have been spoiled when Arsenal skipper Eboue was sent off for a two footed foul,the Ivorians kept their game in fourth gear, allowing Siaka Tiene and Drogba to be on target and put the game out of the Black Stars reach by 3-0.
In the stoppage time the Ghanaian consolation goal came through a spot kick to end the game 3-1, a score which was enough to clinch the Elephants spot in the quarter finals.
Now the Elephants are favorites to win the trophy and continue to flourish after this display. Only the Pharaohs have shown the signs of stopping them should they meet along the way.