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World Cup qualifying Elephants Lions of Teranga Ivorians pip Senegal to World Cup spot

Posted: 16 November 2013 Time: 23:02

Côte d'Ivoire booked their place at next year's World Cup after drawing 1-1 with Senegal at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Saturday night.

Ivorian Salomon Kalou netted in stoppage time to cancel out Moussa Sow's second-half opener, with the Elephants advancing 4-2 on aggregate.

Earlier, continental champions Nigeria qualified for Fifa's flagship event by seeing off Ethiopia 4-1 over two legs.

The Ivorians and Senegal struggled for ideas in a poor opening stanza, which was woefully short of goal-mouth action.

The Lions of Teranga nearly broke the deadlock three minutes into the second period, but Papiss Cisse's effort was blocked by goalkeeper Boubacar Barry following some indecisive defending from the Ivorians.

Senegal continued to dominate possession, but struggled to find their way through a stubborn Ivorian rearguard.

However, Sadio Mane then earned a somewhat soft penalty in the 75th minute under a challenge from Didier Drogba, with Sow, on for Dame Ndoye, slotting the resultant spot-kick. 

The closing stages proved a tense affair, but Africa's top-ranked side held their nerve and equalised via Kalou at the death. The former Chelsea attacker made no mistake in a one-on-one situation after being teed up by Yaya Toure.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Ganyani AMPLIFIED(BucsBack2theTop )
posted: 2013-11-16 21:11:42

no samuel etoephils again

football brain
posted: 2013-11-17 00:30:25

why did we choose bafana as the nickname for our national team....worst thng is dat we evn paid R6m to kp usng this name

posted: 2013-11-17 03:57:13

Côte d'Ivoire should earn an accolade for the most team that can park the bus. Last night there was nothing from them except to park the bus, even Drogba was deep in defense and even conceded a penalty.

Poor unlucky Senegalese...next time boyz!!!

posted: 2013-11-17 04:23:28

Well done to them

Rhino Rhino
posted: 2013-11-17 05:32:58

Thanks for Kaizer Chiefs for Winning a Game in Gaborone Izolo Night. The Stadium was Full and Masango open the Scoring then Majoro Scored Two Nice Goals. Chiefs beat another Chiefs 3 nil. Love & Peace. 

Rhino Rhino
posted: 2013-11-17 05:39:32

You got to Love Kaizer Chiefs couse 85% of Supportas they were wearing the Replica Jersey of Amakhosi Amahle. Make No Mistake Kaizer Chiefs is the Most Supported Team in the Rigion of SADEC. Love & Peace. 

posted: 2013-11-17 06:06:46

Now is the time for Ivory Coast to bring youngster because with this team n that perfomance they won't reach 2nd round in Brazil.

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