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Match report: Ivory Coast beat Tunisia 3-0 in Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 26 January 2013 Time: 19:05

Ivory Coast dominated Tunisia in their Group D clash on Saturday and became the first nation to qualify for the next round on the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ivorian coach Sabri Lamouchi made some bold changes to his line-up, bringing in Lacina Traore, Salomon Kalou, Romaric and Cheick Tiote, while Kolo Toure and Didier Drobga were relegated to the bench.

Lacina Traore's physical presence proved too much for the Tunisians, while Yaya Toure’s more attacking role, tucked in just behind Traore, was another positive improvement to the side.

It was all Ivory Coast in the opening minutes, with midfielder Cheick Tiote having a shot from distance early on, drawing an easy save for Moez Ben Cherifia.

Shortly after Salomon Kalou headed wide after a high ball from Romaric, before slamming the ball over the crossbar from 10 metres out a few minutes later.

Cherifia then pulled off a great save to deny Lacina Traore, after Gervinho had played him in with a pin-point pass.

The two combined again on 21 minutes, and the Ivorians found the breakthrough. Gervinho played a great one-two with Traore and hit home from close range, for his second goal in as many matches in the tournament.

Just after the half-hour mark Tunisia won a corner, after Tiote did well to intercept Saber Khlifa’s cross, but the Carthage Eagles could not make anything of their rare attacking foray.

Ivory Coast had a penalty appeal denied just before half-time, when Khalil Chammam handled the ball in the box, stopping a cross coming into the box, but the referee considered it undeliberate.

The Elephants continued their dominance in the second half, with the first chance falling to Traore. Romaric's free-kick found Traore eight yards out, but he was taken by surprise and tried to connect with the back of his head, despite having time and space to bring it down.

Moments later as Tunisia had a rare chance when Khlifa hit ball wide under pressure from Sol Bamba.

The Ivorians had a goal disallowed 13 minutes into the half, when Gervinho was ruled offside, and pulled the ball back to Kalou who hit home. Replays indicated the Arsenal man was on.

Drogba made his way onto the pitch on 68 minutes, and immediately had a chance, when a ball sent in by Gervinho landed at his feet just outside the six-yard box, but he could not control it and Tunisia cleared.

Three minutes from time Ivory Coast wrapped up the points, when Yaya Toure hit home from outside the box, giving Cherifia no chance.

On 90 minutes, Didier Ya Konan, seconds after coming onto the pitch, added the final nail in Tunisia’s coffin, when he controlled the ball on the edge of the box and beat the keeper with a placed shot.

Tunisia almost pulled a goal back in injury time, but Boubacar Barry just managed to keep the header out, and the Elephants kept their clean sheet.

Previous comments on this story...

CJB Ramses III
posted: 07:12 pm
I remember during the 2010 opening game, I halted all attempts by ignorant South Africans from doing the Mexican Wave playing the very same Mexican team ko Concert City...

So South Africans please stop with that stupid Mexican Wave... we have our own trademark "Test The Concrete" jumping up-&-down that was started by The Ghost...

On the game... it was a game of 2 halves really... Unfortunate for Tunisia not to score.... but what we've seen is that if Cote di Voré want a goal they get a goal... very very formidable team this... 

Question is....
Are opponents making it easy for The Elephants going into games with inferiority complexes or are they that good..?
posted: 07:29 pm
Congrats ivorycost! Watchout chipolopolo wil com and shoot you down
posted: 07:36 pm
I confess that the elephant are the ordinary team,So far im not impresed.Its time for Bafana to lift this AFCON.SHAYA BAFANA BAFANA SHAYA....
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 07:53 pm
I thought Pierates moegoes wants nothing to do with Bafana Bafana. Aint they suppossed to be supporting the current champions Zambia? Mbesuma, Chansa & Kalaba needs their pathetic conditional support more than our mediocre Bafana Bafana does. In GI the racist I believe...
posted: 08:04 pm
If u people like, u can say that this team is ordinary. They may not be playing with power, as they use to do, but they have depth. They have the quality to create and take their chances. I only pity my country Nigeria, bc if they qualify, is like they ll place second, which means they ll face the Ivoriens.
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 08:27 pm
Good team effort by the Ivorians, now Bafana must punish Morocco. Aluta Continua.
posted: 09:28 pm
Yes the elephants r on fire..bt for how long?
posted: 12:09 am
South africans and their dreams. You will lift the trophy in your dreams
Ned Kay
posted: 12:23 am
Atosandy,and when has playing ivory coast become a big deal? If they r that good,why will they always suffer "nearly" in every tournament? Pls spare me!
posted: 09:44 am
This lattie Kenkaba is a fool. Always trying, unsuccessfully, to dampen South Africans' spirits.
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 10:04 am
Who the hell is this Kenkaba?
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