Ivory Coast's Wilfried Bony (R) celebrates his goal during their quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Algeria in Malabo February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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After a clinical performance in beating the pre-tournament favorites Sunday, an improving Ivory Coast now have a first Africa Cup of Nations title in almost a quarter of a century within grasp.Renard also showed that he is surely the competition's most tactically astute coach as he extended his own impressive unbeaten run in the Cup of Nations.Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure, the continent's leading player, has yet to perform for Renard at this tournament as brilliantly as he so often does for Manchester City.A three-man central defense marshaled by Kolo Toure wavered for a spell in the second half against the pace and technical ability of the Algerians, but there has been a vast improvement since the qualifying campaign, when they let in 11 goals in six games.
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