After a 4-0 defeat to end their group stage left them staring down the barrel of a humiliating exit, the Ivorians sacked their manager before results fell in their favour to seal qualification. They then pulled off a stunning victory over Senegal in the last-16 after a late penalty and victory in the shootout.
Momentum is everything in tournament football and there is every reason for Ivory Coast to dream of an impossible AFCON triumph.
However, an incredibly tough Mali team are next on their agenda.
The Eagles have conceded just two goals all tournament and confidently dispatched a strong Burkina Faso team last time out to give them genuine hope of landing their first Cup of Nations crown.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Mali vs Ivory Coast is scheduled for a 5pm GMT kick-off today, Saturday, February 3, 2024.
The match will take place at Stade de la Paix in Bouake.
Where to watch Mali vs Ivory Coast
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on Sky Sports Football.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Mali vs Ivory Coast team news
Mali XI: Diarra; Traore, Haidara, Kouyate, Niakate, Samasseskou, Couliabaly, Sacko, Traore, Sinayoko, Doumbia
Ivory Coast XI: Fofana; Aurier, Ndicka, Seri, Konan; Fofana, Kessie, Gradel; Kossounou, Kouame, Pepe
Mali vs Ivory Coast prediction
This is a really tough one to call, as both teams have momentum and talent. Home support was key to the Ivorians turning things around against Senegal but good defences win tournaments.
Mali to win 1-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Since 1983, the Eagles have only beaten the Elephants once.
Mali wins: 4
Ivory Coast wins: 19
Mali vs Ivory Coast match odds
Ivory Coast: 5/4
Draw (90 mins): 19/10
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).