Zambia vs. Ivory Coast, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final: Kalaba Comes Close With Free Kick

After the Ivory Coast wasted a pair of free kicks, Zambia have responded with one of their own following a foul by Jean-Jacques Gosso on Emmanuel Mayuka. Rainford Kalaba takes, and his effort is well struck, on target, and would almost certainly have been a difficult save for Boubacar Barry to have made, but Cheick Tiote, stationed at the end of the wall, is able to deflect it just barely out of harm's way for a corner.

Unlike Zambia's previous effort, from which Nathan Sinkale nearly opened the scoring, the delivery is poor and allows the Elephants to break forward via Gervinho and then Salomon Kalou. Eventually, the Ivory Coast win a pair of corners of their own, and from the second Sol Bamba rises high to win a header, which causes something of a melee in the box. Eventually, Zambia force the ball clear, but that's the closest that the Elephants have come to scoring.

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