Zambia vs. Ivory Coast, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final: Drogba Misses Penalty

We've had our second substitution of the match in Libreville. Salomon Kalou's been replaced by for Max Gradel, which is a little weird considering that the obvious weakness in the Ivory Coast's play is the central midfield pivot of Chieck Tiote and Didier Zakora, and this does pretty much nothing to address those issues. Immediately, however, Gradel proves his worth, cutting inside and beating a handful of defenders as he bursts towards Kennedy Mweene's goal. Stophira Sunzu cuts out the cross, but the danger is only averted for a little while - the Elephants get a penalty with their very next attack!

Gervinho's run doesn't look very dangerous, but the instant that he crosses into the area he's inexplicably shoved to the ground by Isaac Chansa. Badara Diatta points straight to the spot, Didier Drogba takes... and blasts about ten yards over. That's one of the worst penalties you'll ever see. It's still 0-0, and Zambia will take great heart that they've survived that.

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