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    Ivory Coast


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Cairo International Stadium

Referee: Maidin Shamsul | Attendance: 42000

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  • Abdelsalam Ezwae 41'

1 - 2


Ivory Coast

  • Didier Drogba 10'
  • Yaya Touré 74'

Libya 1-2 Ivory Coast

World Cup qualifiers Ivory Coast secured their place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup with a 2-1 victory over Libya.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba gave the Elephants a 10th-minute lead by capitalising on disarray among the Libyan defence but the minnows shocked Ivory Coast with Kames Ezwae's headed equaliser before the break.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second half as Libya hit the post and Ivory Coast were denied two penalties, but Yaya Toure eventually provided the decisive goal courtesy of a speculative header with 16 minutes left.

Libya goalkeeper Muftah Ghzalla was at fault for the opening goal after 10 minutes as Ivory Coast took advantage of slack defending and some calamitous handling.

Tricky PSV Eindhoven striker Arouna Kone worked his way in from the left and the goalkeeper failed to deal with his shot, allowing Kone to stab the ball to the waiting Drogba who pounced to hand his side the lead.

Ghzalla made up for that error with a number of saves to keep his side in the game, though, saving an effort by Kanga Akale among others.

Libya laboured as they looked for a way back into the game and were denied a chance when Abdoulaye Meite bundled over Abdesalam Kames as the forward tried to get through on goal. Referee Maidin Shamsul gave a free-kick but failed to book Meite, before Tarek El Taib's set-piece sailed harmlessly over the bar.

Drogba was denied a penalty when he was pulled back by Naje Shushan as the futile search for a second continued.

Kone wasted the best chance of the half when he met Drogba's pin-point cross, but his diving effort from point-blank range somehow cleared the crossbar before Drogba also missed with a header.

And Libya stunned their opponents by drawing level in the 41st minute, punishing the Ivory Coast's profligacy before half-time.

Ezwae found space unmarked to meet Jehad Muntaser's chipped cross and his downward header left Jean-Jacques Tizie scrambling for the ball as it squirmed under his body and into the net.

Moments after being booked early in the second half, Drogba carved out a good chance but his lob over the rushing Ghzalla went wide.

Libya came closest to edging in front with a sublime move which resulted in Nader Amhimed Karra hitting the post. The impressive El Taib exchanged a skilful one-two with Nader Ali Abdusalam and fed Karra, who dug out the shot only to see his effort rebound off the upright.

Ivory Coast finally restored their lead in fortuitous circumstances in the 74th minute. Libya failed to clear a corner and Kone's drive ballooned into the air for Toure to head goalwards, and Younes Shibani's attempted clearance on the line only diverted the ball off the bar and back into the net.