AFCON 2019: Zaha goal helps Ivory Coast progress to last 16

AFCON 2019: Zaha goal helps Ivory Coast progress to last 16
Source: BBC
Date: 01-07-2019 Time: 06:07:10:pm
Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha scored on his first start at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Arsenal transfer target Wilfried Zaha scored as Ivory Coast moved into the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a thumping win over Namibia.

Max Gradel's volley and Ryan Nyambe's own goal gave the Elephants a 2-0 lead before Joslin Kamatuka pulled a goal back for Namibia.

But Zaha added a third with a right-foot shot after cutting in off the left before Maxwel Cornet's placed fourth.

Ivory Coast finish second behind Morocco in Group D.

Zaha finally comes good

After two failed penalty appeals and scuffing a close-range shot into the arms of Namibia goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapua, Zaha, 26, had cut a frustrated figure.

But the Crystal Palace winger made amends with a trademark strike on his first start at the tournament to take the game away from the Brave Warriors.

Namibia, who had lost narrowly in both their previous group matches, had started brightly but were punished by Peter Shalulile's failure to score from two glorious first-half chances with the score at 0-0.

They finish bottom of the group three points behind South Africa who lost to Morocco in the other game.