Ivory Coast’s players celebrate winning the African Cup of Nations. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry scored the decisive spot-kick as Ivory Coast ended a 23-year Africa Cup of Nations title drought by winning 9-8 on penalties Sunday after the final ended 0-0 following extra time.Ivory Coast switched goalkeepers with fit-again veteran Boubacar Barry recalled and Sylvain Gbohouo dropping to the bench after five consecutive appearances.After soaking up the early pressure, Ghana adopted a more adventurous approach and came tantalizingly close to taking the lead on 25 minutes through Christian Atsu.The pacey winger won possession just outside the box and his swerving shot eluded the diving Barry only to rebound to safety off the post.An early second-half run by Atsu offered Gyan a half-chance, but the talismanic figure did not come close to troubling Barry with a disappointing off-target effort.
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