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Match report: Ivory Coast beat Togo in the Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 22 January 2013 Time: 19:24

Togo came close to equalising in injury time, but Ivory Coast held on for a win in their Group D opener on Tuesday.

It was hardly an impressive start to the tournament for the Ivorians, however, as they looked sluggish in defence and could have conceded three more – in contrast to last year’s squad who did not concede a goal in the 2012 Afcon.

Elephants captain Didier Drogba was well contained by Vincent Bossou, and was substituted off on 75 minutes, although Gervinho and Yaya Toure looked dangerous.

With a chaotic build-up to the tournament and a less than impressive squad, many pundits all but wrote Togo off ahead of this match, and they did look pedestrian at times, but ultimately they were unlucky not to get the draw.

Emmanuel Adebayor had a great chance to open the scoring just two minutes into the match, when Kolo Toure sloppily passed the ball back to his keeper. Adebayor intercepted the ball, but attempted to round the keeper languorously rather than simply shoot, and ended up not even getting a shot away.

On their first foray into the box, the Elephants opened the scoring. Gervinho raced down the right wing before pulling the ball back to Toure, who hit it first time. The ball ricocheted off Komlan Amewou and past Kossi Agassa.

Togo found the equaliser just before half-time, when a low corner found its way through to the six-yard box, and Jonathan Ayite reacted quickest to sweep it home.

There was controversy on 60 minutes when Ivory Coast made a change, with Salomon Kalou replacing Max Gradel. Seconds later Dare Nibombe headed home from a corner, but the goal was ruled out by the referee as the substitution had not been completed.

Nibombe was then shown a yellow card for a high tackle on Yaya Toure that looked like it deserved red.

On 75 minutes Gervinho made it into the box after some defensive confusion and played a pass into the path of Yaya Toure, who hit straight at the keeper from 15 metres – although it was a good snap save from Agassa.

Gervinho won the game for Ivory Coast with a fantastic finish. Yaya Toure delivered a free-kick from the right which sailed over the heads of the defence, only for the Arsenal man to meet it at the far post and volley it home with the side of his foot in mid-air.

In the fourth and final minute of injury time, Adebayor threaded a pass through which Bossou flicked on, and Dakonam Djene flew forward to head towards goal from six yards out, but Boubacar Barry made an acrobatic save to turn it away with one had, and the Elephants came away with the points.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:34 pm
M a happy man 2day coz my adopted team did not dissapoint. Viva da Elephants viva
Lord Vincent
posted: 07:37 pm
Hopefully the Algeria and Tunisia match will be entertaining cause this was just dull. Would have loved to see Karim Ziani in the Algeria squad but coaches always have their own bizarre ideas. Look at Gordon de Klerk for example
Navigator Wonder
posted: 07:39 pm
Can someone please explain to me y Dwayne Delocar the commentator is commentating on both SS4 and SABC1 and who is paying the guy cos he is doing one hell of a job I Salute that guy
CJB Ramses III
posted: 07:49 pm
That's the North West province for you.... what a useless province... All due respect to Morena Leruo mara Bafokeng what a useless people... if your not digging for platinum y'all are just chilling ko Lekgotleng talking dust nje....

Where is racist white South Africa as well...? Once more ignorant black South Africans are busy being intolerant abusing our fellow brothers instead of putting to the sword their antiblack white employers...

Why isn't anyone talking about these poor standards we are witnessing in this AFCON... just R80 mil allocated to such a huge tournament, yesterday it was the pitch, today it's the crowd... Bafana BaChiefs also have to take the blame for demoralizing the SA nation...

This is a disgrace...
posted: 07:51 pm
It is better to play slugishly and win, than to play well and draw or lose.
posted: 07:57 pm
I believe soccer is all about goals! gooals!! gooooaalls!!.. this SA AFCON episode is such a drag!..mmcheew!.
posted: 08:00 pm
Sluggish or not, a win is a win and that is 3 points in the bag and a nice cushion. Can't say the same for others out there.
posted: 08:22 pm
From what I have seen so far it looks like all teams are well prepared to go all the way to the final , how I wish that SA can also up their game to show that they are the host and have a home ground advantage
Benito Mussolini
posted: 08:43 pm
Sluggish but at least they scored unlike our homeboyz.
Most of these teams ziya-bheda, let's get this competition over and done with.
posted: 08:59 pm
Good game boys
posted: 10:09 pm
At this stage, its about 3 points nothing more. If u get that anyhow, its fine, take it n focus on the next game. Dankkie the Ivorians
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 08:15 am
How many people attended this game guys?
posted: 09:48 am
SA should never ve hosted this tournament. Great country, great people n infrastructure but I don't think they re really interested in this tournament. The pitch is despicable and well interest n publicity in this is zero. I was there for World Cup and it's hard to reconcile how poor this tournament has been. I don't blame SA, that rightly goes to CAF. Useless n lazy scumbags. CAF shame on u.
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