10-man Ivory Coast level matters with Guinea in Group D opener

2015-01-21 00:00

THE Ivory Coast needed a second-half equaliser by substitute Seydou Doumbia to rescue a point after Guinea had struck first through Mohammed Yattara in their opening Group D game in Malabo.

Ivory Coast were down to 10 men when Gervinho was sent off in the second half, but Doumbia lifted their spirits with a well worked leveller to cancel out Mohammed Yattara’s volleyed goal against the run of play.

As expected Guinea were happy to sit back and allow Ivory Coast to keep the ball and do all the thinking while they looked for gaps on the counter attack.

It took a while until the Ivorians got their first real chance on goal when Gervinho’s run into the danger area ended in a shot that rocketed off the crossbar and into safety on 17 minutes.

In the 36th minute, and totally against the run of play, Guinea took the lead with a fantastic strike. Mohammed Yattara was at the back post and pounced to volley home a loose ball after a mistake by Serge Aurier who headed a deep cross right into his path instead of out for a corner.

In the second half Gervinho was red carded for an off-the-ball incident where he lashed out at his opponent.

In the 72nd minute Ivory Coast were back in the contest when substitute Seydou Doumbia slotted home after great work by Bony who took a pass on the chest and volleyed the ball to Doumbia in space.— SuperSport.

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