Cote d’Ivoire in ectasy after Haller shoots hosts into Final: “It’s like a dream.”

The dream continues for 2023 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cote d’Ivoire after Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastien Haller shot his country into the tournament Final last night. 

Ivorian interim trainer Emerse Faé – thrust into the limelight when the country sacked Jean-Louis Gasset three matches in – commented on what it felt like to be caught in his particular whirlwind last night. 

Haller scored the lone goal in last night’s 1-0 victory. The BVB attacker polished off a Max Gradel service in the 65th to ultimately send the Ivorians into the Final. Haller registered a furious five shots on target over the course of a full 90-minute shift. German football’s Congolese representative Silas of VfB Stuttgart could only respond with a meek 12 minutes off the bench.

Haller’s increased playing time, not to mention Kossonou’s re-instated starting role under Faé, have proven to be huge factors in the country’s remarkable and miraculous turnaround. Haller could have had a hat-trick with as many chances as he generated. Faé will surely be happy to welcome Kossounou back for the Final.

“It’s like a dream for us,” Faé – as quoted by Britain’s Guardian newspaper – remarked at his post match presser last night, “After we lost to Equatorial Guinea, none of us could imagine making the Final.”

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