Sunday January 22, 2012 Group Stage: Group B Finished Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

Ivory Coast 1 - 0 Sudan

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Drogba gives Ivory Coast winning start

    African Cup of Nations - Drogba gives Ivory Coast winning start

    Didier Drogba's first-half header gave Ivory Coast a 1-0 win in their African Cup of Nations opener against Sudan. More

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    • Ivory Coast
    • Sudan
    • 90' FULL TIME. It ends Ivory Coast 1-0 Sudan.
    • 88' Gosso is booked for a foul. That could be crucial later in the tournament.
    • 86' Ivory Coast sub: Doumbia on, Gervinho off
    • 83' It's Yaya Toure's turn to be wasteful in front of goal. The former Barcelona midfielder blasts his shot high and wide.
    • 79' Ivory Coast sub: Keita on, Tiote off
    • 77' Gervinho wastes another chance. He runs on to a pinpoint long ball by Tiote but misses the target with his first-time effort.
    • 74' It's a rather limp second half I'm afraid. Sudan are tentatively pushing forward, but Ivory Coast look as comfortable at the back as they look insipid in attack.
    • 71' Ivory Coast are looking very lethargic in attack as Gervinho misplaces his pass forward. They will have to get better if they hope to win the tournament.
    • 68' Big chance for Drogba, who volleys over from the edge of the box. The Chelsea forward had a lot more time than he thought there and, quite simply, it should be 2-0.
    • 65' Gervinho breaks into the box on the right and fires the ball across goal. Maghoub gathers, but only at the second time of asking.
    • 63' Ivory Coast sub: Gradel on, Kalou off
    • 61' Sudan sub: Abdalli on, Suliman off
    • 58' Chance for Sudan's Mudather again, who glances a header just over the bar. Flag is up for offside, so it wouldn't have counted. Sudan creating chances though.
    • 55' Kalou appears to be through on goal but Haitham recovers to make a crucial interception.
    • 53' Nagm Eldin fires a volley towards goal from the edge of the box, but it flies just wide of the Ivory Coast goal. Not a bad effort for Sudan, that.
    • 51' @Steadman19 on Twitter: I reckon Ivory Coast should bring Doumbia on! He's an amazing talent and should really be playing in the premier league!
    • 48' No changes for either side at half-time.
    • 45' Will Ivory Coast run away with it in the second half? Or will Sudan fight back? Why not Tweet me your thoughts on the game here
    • 45' HALF TIME. Ivory Coast lead Sudan 1-0 at the break.
    • 44' Gervinho could - and should - have picked out Drogba there, who was in acres of space on the left.
    • 43' Ivory Coast break down the other end through Gervinho's driving run down the right. Gervinho picks out Yaya Toure, but the Manchester City man drags his shot well wide.
    • 42' Mudather hits the bar for Sudan! Cutting in from the right, Mudather drills a left-footed shot towards goal that Ivory Coast goalkeeper Barry expertly tips onto the bar.
    • 40' How many times have we seen Drogba do that for Chelsea? Great finish.
    • 39' GOAL! Drogba scores for the Ivory Coast. It's classic Drogba as Kalou collects Tiote's wonderful cross-field pass. Kalou does well to beat his man on the left and clip a cross in to Drogba, who powers his header in.
    • 35' Ivory Coast have certainly had the chances to be two or three goals to the good already.
    • 33' Yet another chance for Gervinho. Drogba does brilliantly to control a long pass and play in Gervinho, who blazes over the bar from close-range.
    • 29' Another decent chance for Gervinho, but the Arsenal striker is unable to get over the ball as he heads Toure's cross over.
    • 26' Sudan will be pleased so far. They've remained disciplined and organised. The Côte d'Ivoire are starting to look a little frustrated as they struggle to create anything clear cut.
    • 24' he Elephants still haven't carved out a chance that they should have scored. All a bit scrappy in the final third.
    • 21' Half chance for Gosso, who collects the ball on the edge of the box but is rushed into a snap shot that goes just wide.
    • 19' Chance for Ivory Coast as Drogba rolls the defender before letting fly with a low drive from 20 yards. Worth a go.
    • 16' Sudan are doing a good job so far of containing the Ivory Coast, pressing their midfield at every opportunity. But their job is being made difficult for them given that most of the game is being payed in the Sudan half.
    • 13' Sudan are able to clear their lines after Drogba dinked it into the box.
    • 12' Gervinho is fouled on the edge of the box and Drogba is standing over the ball.
    • 10' First major chance of the game falls to Gervinho, who turns well on the edge of the box but fires just over the bar. Good effort by the Arsenal man.
    • 8' Sudan have started well but predictably they are being starved of possession by a keen Ivory Coast midfield.
    • 6' Sudan are playing a conventional 4-4-2, with Mphamed Ahmed dropping off Mudather.
    • 4' Looks like Gervinho is playing on the right, and Kalou to the left of Drogba in attack.
    • 2' Ivory Coast, in orange, have started this game well on top. Sudan on the back foot early on here.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 15.55 Sudan coach Mohammed Abdallah: "It is a tough group and we are seeded fourth, but football is a game of surprises and I am confident of reaching the knockout stage. Anything can happen in the Cup of Nations as we have witnessed with football powers like Cameroon, Egypt and Nigeria failing to make it this time so who can predict what may happen?"
    • 15.55 Ivory Coast coach Francois Zahoui: "I want to rely on all the players and not just an individual. The absence of Drogba did not affect us negatively because we were able to plug that hole with Doumbia. We can't rely on our so-called superstars. During the 2010 World Cup, Drogba was injured and we still relied on him and it backfired."
    • 15.50 Ivory Coast go into this game having kept a clean sheet in each of their last four opening games at an AFCON tournament.
    • 15.50 IVORY COAST: Barry, Lolo, Bamba, K Toure, Tiene, Tiote, Y Toure, Gosso, Kalou, Drogba, Gervinho /// SUDAN: Al Moiz; Muawia, Nagm Eldin, Al Eldin, Haitham, Said Eldin, Amer, Balla, Mudather, M Ahmed, Nazar.
    • 15.45 Hello everyone. Welcome to this African Cup of Nations game between Ivory Coast and Sudan.
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    Manager: François Zahoui

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    Manager: Mohamed Abdallah Mazda

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