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Elephants Fight Back

2013 AFCON

Result: Algeria 2-2 Cote d'Ivoire

Date: 30 January 2013

Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Algeria let a two goal lead slip as they drew 2-2 with Ivory Coast, allowing the Elephants to finish top of Group D on Wednesday.

Abdul Razak went on a determined run just five minutes in when he carried the ball 50 yards but his shot was deflected straight to the goalkeeper.

Algeria would have a great chance to hit the front moments later though as Ismael Traore was brought down and the referee pointed to the spot.

Ryad Boudebouz took responsibility but he smashed his low strike wide of the post to his dismay.

Didier Drogba almost found former Chelsea teammate Salomon Kalou at the far post as the Elephants looked to respond but the defender got there just in time to head the ball out.

Arouna Kone then had a strike but his thunderous effort was straight into the chest of the goalkeeper while Kalou blazed a brilliant chance over from just a few yards out.

Adlane Guedioura lashed a low cross across the face of goal in the 26th minute before Drogba curled a shot just wide of the target at the other end.

The scrappy play continued as the half wore on and neither side managed a clear chance before the referee brought an end to the first period.

The second-half exploded into life with Algeria being given a second penalty following a handball from Boka in the 63rd minute. Sofiane Feghouli took the responsibility this time and rifled the shot into the right-hand corner.

Algeria's joy was not over just yet though as Ismael Traore got up unmarked to nod home as the Elephants were stunned.

Ivory Coast refused to give in though and were rewarded in the 77th minute when Didier Droba met a looping cross and sent his header past the goalkeeper.

The game was then level four minutes later when Wilfried Bony found the back of the net thanks to a deflected strike.

Drogba could have snatched the win in the dying seconds when he latched onto the ball inside the area but he scuffed his shot and the goalkeeper made the save.

Standard Bank Moment of the Match: After going down 2-0, Didier Drogba showed his nerve and experience to pull a goal back for Ivory Coast with a decent header and sparked their revival as they salvaged a point to finish top of the group.

Algeria: M'Bolhi, Mesbah, Belkalem, Mostefa Sbaa, Halliche, Boudebouz, Lemmouchia, Guedioura, Lacen, Soudani El Arabi, Slimani.

Ivory Coast:  Daniel Yeboah, Arthur Boka, Kolo Toure, Ismael Traore, Igor Lolo; Romaric, Abdul Razak; Salomon Kalou, Didier Drogba, Arouna Kone, Wilfried Bony.


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