Gervinho Ivory Coast Wilfried Bony
Gervinho [R] would be coming back from suspension and is expected to start alongside Wilfried Bony against Algeria tonightReuters

The African Cup of Nations would witness two heavy weights of African football, Ivory Coast and Algeria battle it out in the quarter-finals of the competition later tonight.

Ivory Coast marched into the quarters after finishing top in group D, while Algeria finished second in group C.

Though, Algeria might have finished second to Ghana in their pool, but they play Ivory Coast, who has just won a single game in the tournament.

It would be surprising to note Ivory Coast have only won the competition once, though they are considered one of the strongest team in Africa, but they have only a huge force in the last decade or two.

But, they have been unlucky as well in the past, where they have finished runners up twice in the last five editions of the tournament, via penalties on both instances.

They lost to Egypt 4-2 and 8-7 in the shootout during the finals of the 2006 and 2012 African Cup of Nations finals.

Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard is determined to win the competition in 2015.

"If you don't get through [the group stage] with a team like Cameroon or the Ivory Coast or Senegal, you get the finger pointed at you.

"For a team like this, the Africa Cup of Nations begins in the quarter-finals.

"All the teams in the last eight will want to get to the final - we are only three steps from the title.

"We do this job to win. We won't be happy if we lose in the semi-finals or even in the final, because if that happens it will always come into your mind for the rest of your life," said Renard as quoted by Goal.

But it is not going to be an easy task for Renard and his men, for Algeria has come out of one of the toughest group in the competition, which included Senegal, Ghana and South Africa.

Algeria put up an emphatic display in all their games winning against Senegal and South Africa, but lost to Ghana in a tight game.

"After the Ghana game we were not the worst team in the world just because we conceded right at the end.''

"Credit to the players for going out and getting the win against Senegal in the final group match. It was not easy to get out of this group," said Christian Gourcuff, Algeria's coach.

However, Ivory Coast are a happier lot as they welcome back Gervinho and Cheick Tiote from their respective ban, while Algeria might miss captain Madjid Bougherra and some other players.

Where to Watch Live

The game is set to begin at 7:30pm GMT (1am IST) with live coverage in India on Sony Six HD. The match can also be watched via live streaming on Sony Six Online

Viewers in the UK can watch 2015 African Nations game ITV PLayer live on ITV 4 and British EuroSport 1 or via live streaming on ITV PLayer

The match will be broadcast in the US and Canada on Bein Sports USA and Bein Sports Canada respectively, with an option to stream on Bein Sports Connect.

Audience in Ivory Coast and Algeria can watch the match via live streaming on Super Sport

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