Tuesday, January 22, 2013
GERVINHO AND YAYA TOURE INSPIRES IVORY COAST TO GET OPENING VICTORY OVER TOGO AS TUNISIA GET A LATE WIN OVER ALGERIA AT AFCON 2013
Misfiring Arsenal forward Gervinho popped up in the 88th minute to clinch an opening victory for the Ivory Coast over Togo.
Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure had put the Ivory Coast a goal up before Jonathan Ayite equalised for Togo on the stroke of half-time.
However Toure found Gervinho with a freekick in the final moments of the game and the out-of-favour Arsenal striker finished with aplomb to ensure the tournament favourites started with a win.
Togo nearly equalised again in the fourth and final minute of added time, but Floyd Ayite's header from close range drew a great save from Ivorian goalkeeper Boubacar Barry.
Earlier in the match, defender Dare Nibombe appeared to have scored the second goal for Togo in the 60th minute, however the referee had yet to blow his whistle to allow a corner to be taken.
Led by former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and several players from European clubs, Ivory Coast struggled to create many chances against a well-organized Togo team, whose scoring opportunities mostly fell to Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Ivorians, who last won the title in 1992, are trying to come back from a disappointing loss to Zambia in a penalty shootout in last year's final
Yaya’s brother, Kolo, was spared blushed by his former team-mate and Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor after the City defender’s mistake left the former Arsenal forward ebaring down on Barry’s goal. But Adebayor made the wrong decision, and was unable to successfully round the incoming goalkeeper.
In the other group D match, Youssef Msakni scored a remarkable goal in stoppage time to give Tunisia a dramatic 1-0 win over Algeria having been outplayed for most of their Group D match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.
Msakni beat a defender outside the area to set up a perfectly-struck, curling shot that found the top-right corner of the goal in the first minute of injury-time.
The result leaves Tunisia level on points with group leader Ivory Coast