Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea Draw 1-1; Mali, Cameroon Also Tie at 1

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 5:51 pm (UTC-4)
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A 10-man Cote D’Ivoire squad eked out a tie against Guinea Tuesday, hamstrung by a red card for Gervinho whose booking will leave him out of the next match.

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Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier, left, Wilfried Bony, centre, watch as Guinea’s Kevin Constant’ heads the ball during their African Cup of Nations Group D match Tuesday Jan. 20, 2015. (AP)

Les Elephants are consistently ranked one of Africa’s top squads, and many fans were hoping theAfrica Cup redemption after last summer’s disastrous World Cup outing.

Guinea scored first, however, with Mohamed Yattara knocking a left-footed shot to the top-left corner in the 36th minute.

The AS Roma forward got into trouble in the 58th minute during a scrap in the Guinean box with Naby Keita. It wasn’t clear what set Gervinho off, but frustrations were clearly building for Les Elephants.

Fortunately for Les Elephants, Seydou Doumbia took a deft assist from Wilfried Bony in the 72nd minute, and hit a right-footed shot to the bottom left corner to tie the match.

In the other Group D match, Mali and Cameroon battled to a draw, with Ambroise Oyongo hitting a goal in the 84th minute for the Indomitable Lions.

Malian forward Sambou Yatabaré put his side ahead early on, after collecting a headed pass from Molla Wague and hitting center netting from a low angle.

Mike Eckel
Mike Eckel's dreams of being drafted by Man United or FC Barcelona peaked when he was captain of his high school football team, but ended during his short-lived college career. He continues to be an avid player (midfield) however and holds out hope that Jozy Altidore will get his act together for 2018. When not running VOA's football blogs, he writes about Russia, international war crimes, Central Asia corruption and oversees VOA's multimedia collaboration efforts.

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