Zambia vs. Ivory Coast, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final: Penalty Shootout Ahoy!

Extra time is now over and penalties will decide the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final. Zambia came closest to breaking the 0-0 deadlock at the Stade d'Angondje during the extra half-hour, hitting the woodwork via Christopher Katongo four minutes in and then seeing Rainford Kalaba blast over the bar from long range, a shot that had Boubacar Barry looking rather worried for a while.

The Ivory Coast have been frustrated time and time again by resolute defending from Zambia's back line and superb goalkeeping from Kennedy Mweene (and, on at least one occasion, awful luck). Max Gradel has been their star man for much of the spare half-hour, but his industry on the left wing hasn't been enough to get the Elephants on the scoresheet. There might be some good news for the favourites, however - Mweene looks a bit shaken up after a collision with Gervinho with three minutes to go, but it looks like he'll be fine to continue to the penalty shootout.

Can Zambia really pull off a major scalp here? Can Didier Drogba make up for his hilarious second-half miss? Stay tuned to find out.

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