30 January 2013

Algeria/Cote d'Ivoire: Wilfried Bony, Man of the 1st Match Cote d' Ivoire 2-2 Algeria

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Ivorian star Didier Drogba, seen scoring in 2012, provided a reminder of his prowess when he helped his side come back from behind by scoring one of their two goals.

It's been a dreadful campaign so far for Algeria, who bow out having lost both their matches without finding the net. Can they go home with a flourish this afternoon?

Penalty to Algeria!! Traore manhandles Soudani on the edge of the box, and the referee points to the spot.

Nothing can go right for the North Africans!! Boudebouz steps up without fear, but his strike flashes past Yeboah and onto the post. A let-off for the Elephants.

In Group D's more important fixture, Tunisia and Togo battle for second place and the last-eight. A win for either side would be enough, while a draw puts Togo through.

The Ivory Coast are ever so slowly asserting their dominance on this game, shutting down their rivals in the middle and looking to use the likes of Drogba and Kalou to punch holes in the defence.

One thing I can say is that the passing football which has been at such a premium so far in the AFCON is present in both of today's teams. Maybe because both are playing for pride, but still.

Another penalty for Algeria, unbelievable!!! Boka is pulled up for a needless handball in the area.

GOAL!!!!!! Feghouli's only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, but he nets Algeria's first of the competition with a perfect kick. 1-0 Algeria.

Mesbah tries his luck for a third, but it's high and wide from the full-back.

GOAL!!! 2-0 ALGERIA!!! Feghouli puts in a pinpoint cross, and in the absence of any marking Soudani is there to nod in. Massive upset here.

GOAL!!! Drogba suddenly appears on the end of a cross, and powers his header down in classic centre-forward style to bring his side back into the game.

GOAL!!!!! Bony releases a stinger from distance that takes a wicked deflection off Mesbah, and we're all level. How thins have changed.

That will be the last action. The final whistle blows, Ivory Coast get themselves out of jail after fighting back for a 2-2 draw against Algeria.

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