Ivory Coast have booked a berth to the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations after edging Mali 1-0 at the Suez Stadium on Monday.
Crystal Palace forward, Wilfried Zaha netted the vital goal in the 76th minutes to send their vociferous supporters into a frenzy.
The want-away Crystal Palace winger plundered home the match winner in favour of the Elephants after a long pass from the goalkeeper.
The two-time champions join Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal and Benin in the final eight.
The victory means the Elephant of Cote d’Ivoire will meet the Desert Foxes of Algeria in the quarter-final slated for Thursday.