The victory dance:The Ivory Coast celebrate as a
unit [AFP]
Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou scored a double as Ivory Coast romped into the semi-finals of the African Nations Cup with a 5-0 demolition of Guinea in Sekondi.

Ivory Coast next play either Egypt or Angola, who meet in their quarter-final in Kumasi on Monday.

There was a minute's silence before kickoff in memory of the late son of former Ivory Coast coach Uli Stielike, who died this week.

Abdelkader Keita opened the scoring in the 25th minute of the quarter-final at the Essipon stadium after outpacing the Guinea defence for a 1-0 halftime lead.

Captain Didier Drogba made it two in the 70th having been put through by Kalou, who netted his double in the space of nine minutes between the 73rd and 81st.

Substitute Bakary Kone rubbed salt in Guinea's wounds by adding a fifth four minutes from time.

The Elephants, runners-up in the 2006 tournament in Egypt, were simply too strong for Guinea. Though they missed several clear chances, Gerard Gili's side left no room for doubt about the outcome.

The game failed to live up to expectations until the 25th minute when Keita outpaced the defence to fire home with a low shot from the right that went in at the far post for his second goal of the tournament.

Fast finishing

Ivory Coast stepped up a gear before halftime with Aruna Dindane and Kalou being denied in quick succession by keeper Kemoko Camara on 44 minutes.

Camara kept his team's hopes alive when he leapt to turn away a curling Drogba shot that was heading for his top left corner on the stroke of halftime.

Guinea were centimetres short of an equaliser shortly after the hour when a Daouda Jabi free kick shaved Boubacar Barry's right post.

Ivory Coast's finishing let them down again when Dindane missed an open goal in the 67th minute.

However, Drogba showed the way two minutes later when he slotted the ball home after being set up by Kalou's pass.

Drogba returned the favour four minutes later by setting up his Chelsea team mate, who walked the ball into the net after dribbling past Camara.

Kalou took his tournament tally to three with his second and Kone completed the rout.

Guinea were without defender Dianbobo Balde, who failed to recover in time from a thigh injury, and had to cope with the absence of suspended forward Pascal Feindouno.

Source: Agencies