The Elephants sacked their manager after losing their final group game 4-0 yet still squeezed into the knockouts, before interim coach Emerse Fae led them to a tense penalty shootout win over Senegal.
But that was nothing compared to the drama of their quarter-final win over Mali, delivered by a 90th-minute Simon Adringra equaliser before Oumar Diakite turned home the winner in stoppage time of extra-time.
Now, with a third AFCON title coming into focus, they face a DR Congo side that has flown under the radar.
The Leopards drew all three of their group games before knocking out Egypt on penalties, and then finally won a match in 90 minutes by confidently dispatching Guinea in the last round.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Ivory Coast vs DR Congo is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off today, Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
The match will take place at Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.
Where to watch Ivory Coast vs DR Congo
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on BBC Three, with coverage starting at 7.45pm GMT, as well as Sky Sports Football.
Live stream: Sky subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app while the game will also be shown for free via the BBC Sport and iPlayer portals.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Ivory Coast vs DR Congo team news
The hosts will be without both Oumar Diakite and Odilon Kossounou after they were sent off against Mali, the former receiving his second booking for removing his shirt in celebrating the winning goal. Serge Aurier and Christian Kouame are also banned.
Willy Boly is most likely to step in for Kossounou in defence whereas Sebastien Haller may finally be fit to start having overcome an ankle injury.
Brentford forward Yoane Wissa is set to start for DR Congo, who have Gael Kakuta back from injury.
Ivory Coast vs DR Congo prediction
It has been nigh on impossible to knock the hosts out of this tournament, no matter how likely it appears to have been on multiple occasions.
Fate and fortune looks to be on their side.
Ivory Coast to win, 2-1.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
This is a repeat of the 2015 Cup of Nations semi-final, which the Ivorians won 3-1 courtesy of goals from Gervinho, Wilfried Kanon and Yaya Toure.
Ivory Coast wins: 6
DR Congo wins: 4
Ivory Coast vs DR Congo match odds
Ivory Coast to qualify: 9/20
DR Congo to qualify: 31/20
Odds via Bet365 (subject to change).