Register Login Live

AFCON News

Ten Man Cote d’Ivoire Held By Guinea

2015 African Cup of Nations

Group D

Full Time: Cote d’Ivoire 1-1 Guinea

Date: 20 January 2015

Venue: Estadio De Malabo

Guinea matched Cote d’Ivoire blow-for-blow as they played to a 1-1 draw in both sides’ opening 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations, Group D match at the Estadio De Malabo on Tuesday night.

It was a sloppy opening 15 minutes with both teams squandering possession in the final third with poor passing.

The first chance on goal only came in the 17th minute after a great individual run by Cote d’Ivoire’s Gervinho who broke from his own half and saw his attempt from 14-yards out strike the underside of the crossbar.

On the half hour mark Gervinho was in the thick of the action again when he got on the end of a ball over the top of the Guinea defence, but saw his volley from close range brilliantly saved by the keeper.

Six minutes later Guinea took the lead after the Elephants failed to clear a cross from the right which allowed Mohamed Yattara to pounce on the loose ball and fire into the roof of the net from eight-yards out, 1-0.

Cote d’Ivoire controlled the play for the remainder of the half, but could not cancel out Guinea’s opener before the break.

The Elephants started the second half positively and came close to reducing the deficit four minutes after the restart, but a fingertip save from the Guinea keeper denied Wilfried Bony from just outside the box.

Cote d’Ivoire suffered a massive set-back in the 58th minute when Gervinho was shown a straight red card by referee Mehdi Abid Charef after raising his hands to the face of a Guinea defender.

Three minutes later Guinea came close to doubling their lead when a 20-yard shot from shot Ibrahima Traore struck the crossbar.

Despite being a man down the Elephants continued to push forward and were rewarded for their efforts in the 72nd minute after Seydou Doumbia concluded a swift passing move with a clinical finish from 12-yards out, 1-1.

Neither side could go on to find a winner as they shared the spoils in Group D’s opening game.

108 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Clear-Out Continues With 7 More…

275 Jul 27, 2021 06:38 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

11 Footballers Who Retired This Year

2 Jul 27, 2021 07:25 PM in World News

Downs Part Ways With Key Figure

54 Jul 27, 2021 03:20 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Players In Running For 2021 Ballon D'Or

48 Jul 21, 2021 09:25 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Pirates Begin Trimming Squad, Second Exit Imminent

35 Jul 27, 2021 03:00 PM in Orlando Pirates

Official: Chiefs Unveil New Home & Away Kits

59 Aug 01, 2021 08:34 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Katsande To Bounce Back In New Colours?

33 Aug 02, 2021 07:04 PM in PSL

Swallows Confirm ‘Big Fish’ Signing

22 Aug 02, 2021 05:09 PM in PSL

Chiefs Announce More Contract Business

107 Jul 27, 2021 04:16 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Former Pirates Star To Replace R17m Ahly-Bound Star?

16 Jul 27, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pirates Player Exit Imminent...

6 Jul 26, 2021 07:58 PM in Orlando Pirates