Tuesday January 22, 2013 Group Stage: Group D Finished Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Ivory Coast 2 - 1 Togo

  • Touré 8’
  • Gervinho 88’
  • Ayité 45’

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Gervinho magic sees Ivory Coast beat Togo

    African Cup of Nations - Gervinho magic sees Ivory Coast beat Togo

    Gervinho's brilliant volley gave Ivory Coast a 2-1 win over Togo in their African Cup of Nations Group D opener in Rustenburg. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Ivory Coast
    • Togo
    • 90+5 Ivory Coast clear the corner and the ref blows up! The Elephants leave it late but they win 2-1 - and Togo could have snatched a point!
    • 90+4 WHAT A SAVE BY BARRY! Drama at the death as Adebayor scoops in a fantastic pass, flicked on by Bossou and Ayite flies in with a diving header that Barry somehow keeps out. Corner.
    • 90+3 Decent pull-back by Ayite but behind Adebayor and Ivory Coast clear.
    • 90+2 Four minutes added time being played.
    • 90+1 TOGO SUB: Saliphou replaces Nibombe. Attacking midfielder for a defender.
    • 90' Bony in space on the left, finding Kalou who weaves in and out and win a throw.
    • 89' I just noticed that Didier Zokora does not have his name on his shirt - he has the word "maestro". Self-styled, surely?
    • 88' GOAL IVORY COAST! Fantastic flying volley at the far post by Gervinho after a fantastic free-kick from Yaya Toure on the right! The keeper flapped but what a finish from an angle into the top right!!
    • 87' Turns out it took a deflection, so another corner, which Barry claims.
    • 86' BOSSOU HAD TO SCORE! He blasts it over after the corner is again terribly defended, landing to him unmarked at the far post!
    • 85' Great ball in by Ayite and Segbefia flies in with a flicked header but it comes off a defender, wide for a corner.
    • 84' Tiote with a tackle on Ayite but Togo will lap up the throw-ins deep in Ivorian territory. And now they have a free-kick...
    • 83' Floyd Ayite on the right now after good hold up play by Adebayor. Togo slow it down - they're happy with a point.
    • 82' Kalou with a twisting run on the left but his hanging cross is too high for Yaya, with Gervinho failing to make a run into the box.
    • 81' Eboue is down hurt - and Ivory Coast have made all three subs.
    • 80' Tiene with a cross that Agassa punches clear after colliding with a team-mate.
    • 79' Tiote with a thunderous challenge but Bossou blocks his shot.
    • 78' Bony falls to the turf after a long ball.
    • 77' TOGO SUB: Segbefia comes on for Jonathan Ayite.
    • 76' Togo get out of their half but Adebayor drills it miles wide.
    • 75' Yaya Toure with another good chance after excellent play from Gervinho, but the Man City star fires it too close to Agassi, who holds on with a flourish for the cameras.
    • 74' Kolo Toure tries one from range but straight into the gut of Agassa. IVORY COAST SUB: A controversial one as Drogba is replaced by Bony! What do you make of that?
    • 73' Yaya meets the corner but the ball spins away from goal. Drogba keeps it in but Djene clears for a throw.
    • 72' Kalou on a mazy run but Mamah flies in to hoof the ball to touch.
    • 71' Wasted from Ivory Coast as Toure and Gervinho fail to combine.
    • 70' Drogba is back defending to clear that corner. Toure with a long ball for Gervinho to scuttle into the left, but even he's not quick enough for that.
    • 69' Floyd Ayite leaves Bamba for dead but the Trabzonspor defender recovers with a slide tackle. Corner.
    • 68' Scrappy stuff now as neither side gets any form of rhythm to their passing.
    • 66' Poor free-kick by Drogba is blocked by the wall, and Adebayor brings it clear - Floyd Ayite has it now and wins a throw on the left wing.
    • 65' Drogba gets the ball with his back to goal but is hauled down. He's not been given any space today. Free-kick 30 yards out...
    • 64' IVORY COAST SUB: Konan is replaced by Tiote of Newcastle.
    • 63' Tiene fires well over after a corner is half-cleared. Could go either way.
    • 62' TOGO SUB: Floyd Atiye, Jonathan's brother, replaces Gapke.
    • 61' Nibombe is now booked after a high tackle on Yaya Toure. Frustration after seeing his goal chalked off.
    • 60' GOAL TOGO! Nibombe flicks the header into the top left but it's disallowed - the corner was taken too quickly says the ref!
    • 59' IVORY COAST SUB: Gradel is taken off for Kalou. Not a surprise.
    • 58' Adebayor is in down the right but, with little support, does well to win a corner off Toure.
    • 57' Eboue is tripped cynically by Gapke and Ivory Coast have another free-kick.
    • 56' Gervinho is caught offside. Failed to hold his run after a Zokora pass. Down the other end, Gapke shoots from range but weakly at Barry.
    • 55' Great ball by Yaya to release Konan on the left side of the box, but his drive on goal is batted away by Agassa!
    • 54' Late tackle by a Togo player but Ivory Coast have the advantage, which they cannot take. It was Djene, again, on Gervinho.
    • 53' Adebayor finally with a long shot but well off target.
    • 52' Ivory Coast really piling the pressue on now. Togo haven't really left their half.
    • 51' Tiene needs his socks spray-painted for some reason - he's not wearing the right ones! Slight colour clash with his team-mates.
    • 50' Good response by Ivory Coast early in the second half as they lay camp in the Togo box.
    • 49' Gervinho plays a nice pass wide left to Tiene, whose cross is well fielded by Agassa.
    • 48' Drogba wastes the free-kick, smashing it well over from range.
    • 47' Clear dive by Ayite as he races forward but the ref waves play-on, and Romao fouls Gervinho on the break and is booked.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+3 Half-time and Togo's late goal means it is level at 1-1.
    • 45+2 GOAL TOGO! The corner is initially a weak one, low to the near post, but no-one clears it and Ayite reacts to poke it home off the ground and in! 1-1!
    • 45+2 Adebayor's free-kick takes a few deflections and lands well wide for a corner to Togo.
    • 45+1 Surging run from Ayite, who is clipped in full flight and wins a free-kick around 35 yards out.
    • 45' The ball almost rolls through to Gapke but Barry gets it clear. Fine pass Bossou.
    • 44' The corner is taken short, Gervinho runs at the defence, now it drops on the edge of the box for YAYA TOURE WITH THE STRIKE OFF THE BAR! The rebound falls to Bamba but too quick for him and it ricochets over!
    • 43' Gervinho turns around 30 yards out before threading a ball in for Drogba but Nibombe gets back to block! Corner.
    • 42' Togo come forward now but Ivory Coast clear their lines. The match is opening up.
    • 41' Ivory Coast on the offensive but the move breaks down at Gradel.
    • 40' Gakpe takes on Tiene, and beats him, and the cut-back lands for ADEBAYOR but defenders fly in and he elects to take a touch, by which point the chance has gone! Should have hit it first time!
    • 39' Eboue finds Gervinho in acres of space wide right, but the Arsenal man's low cross is straight at Agassa. Poor.
    • 38' Barry comes a long way out of his box after the defence step up too quickly, taking the long ball on his chest ahead of Adebayor and clearing long. He then shouts at his defenders for failing to hold the line.
    • 37' Adebayor with a flick on now but it lands out for a throw. A scrappy spell this.
    • 36' Bossou is down after that aerial challenge with Drogba, and he's trying to blame the Ivory Coast skipper for an accidental and slight clash of heads. If anything it was Bossou's fault as he was later to the ball.
    • 35' Drogba tries to flick it on for Gradel but too heavy and easy for the keeper.
    • 34' Lots of challenges flying in - Ivory Coast with 12 fouls to Togo's six so far. That's more than a foul every couple of minutes.
    • 33' Ivory Coast on the offensive then but a terrible cross from Gradel out for a goal kick.
    • 32' Yellow card for Bossou for a heavy, late tackle in midfield.
    • 31' Ayite with another long shot but this one is only just wide, with Barry scrambling. A lower effort, across the keeper but bending wide all the way.
    • 30' Gapke goes for goal from the free-kick but well over. They keep shooting from range, but it's not working out.
    • 29' Toure with a foul on Gapke on the edge of the box. Kolo looks shaky today.
    • 28' The replay shows that Gervinho's pain was from more than just the landing - he was caught by Djene, just above the ankle. He has gone down again.
    • 27' Great play by Adebayor to hit the byline on the left, but his cut-back only has one team-mate to aim for - Gapke - and it's just beyond him.
    • 26' Taken quickly to release Gervinho down the right but he overhits the cross and lands awkwardly. Should be okay.
    • 25' Adebayor gets away with a little flick on an opponent - just a free-kick on the right.
    • 24' Togo get it forward finally but Djene's cross is predictable and Kolo Toure heads clear.
    • 22' A lull in what has been a frantic opening as both sides get a breather by passing it around the back.
    • 21' One of you has asked where Seydou Doumbia is - the answer is Russia. He was not selected due to fitness problems.
    • 20' Heavy touch from Kolo, with Adebayor holding the ball up and feeding Gapke who - in keeping with Togo's theme today - shoots from range and sends it well off target.
    • 19' Half a chance for Togo here as the Ivorian defence opens up but Ayite panics and blasts a shot high and wide, with Adebayor in a good central position for the pass. Poor.
    • 18' Adebayor does really well to keep a heavy Ayite through-ball in play, but sliding in he can only prevent the goal kick and poke it out for a throw.
    • 17' Corner to Ivory Coast now but Agassa claims and launches a long throw - however, Gapke can't control a high ball in. Throw to Ivory Coast.
    • 16' Konan wide to Gervinho, whose cross causes problems but Togo manage to scramble it half clear.
    • 15' After going ahead Ivory Coast have been able to develop their passing a touch better; Togo looking long.
    • 14' Gakpe with a fantastic effort from a long way out but it lands about half a yard wide! Barry just watched it fly past!
    • 13' Drogba is sent through but Toure's pass is a touch heavy and Agassa claims.
    • 11' Gradel with a surging run past Djene, who is struggling and fouls him. The 21-year-old, who plays for Coton Sport in Cameroon, looks out of his depth.
    • 10' Gradel's ball causes a few problems but, as he drops the ball, Togo keeper Agassa was being fouled by any one of a handful of Ivorians.
    • 9' Corner to Ivory Coast on the right, which Gradel will take. The handful of Ivory Coast fans are waving some funny scarves (1000% Elephants! Go Didi!).
    • 8' Yup, Toure's finish seemed to take a deflection with the keeper unsighted. Quite lucky all round as, after getting inside Djene, Gervinho's cross was initially blocked but landed nicely for the Manchester City man.
    • 7' GOAL IVORY COAST! Against the run of play and it's Yaya Toure with the deflected finish after superb play by Gervinho on the right.
    • 6' Ivory Coast take it quickly and it goes out for a goal kick.
    • 5' Adebayor with a foul in midfield, taking down his pal Gervinho.
    • 4' Ayite gets a free-kick off Toure but the ball is sent straight to Barry.
    • 3' Ivory Coast need to get their collective act together - Togo looking far more dangerous early on!
    • 2' Defensive mix-up puts Adebayor in with keeper Barry all over the place, but the Spurs striker can't get a first-time shot in and, with Barry diving back in to get a touch, Kolo Toure does well to get back and clear!! It was Toure's fault initially - he kicked air!
    • 1' Fast and furious opening as you'd expect between these two rivals.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 14:57 As has been the fashion at these finals, both captains - Adebayor and Drogba - read a message of friendship, in French, to a near-empty stadium in Rustenberg. As the big man once said, "is a disgrace!".
    • 14:55 The teams are out and singing the anthems. William Hill are strongly favouring an Ivory Coast win, at 3/10. Togo worth a punt at 10/1, with the draw 4/1.
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    • 14:45 Togo have more limited resources in terms of available personnel, but it's a decent XI and one spearheaded by Adebayor, who has not been in the greatest form this season but is nonetheless one of Africa's top strikers. Moustapha Salifou, the former Villa midfielder, is on the benc as he is still without a club after being released by Saarbrucken in the summer.
    • 14:40 No major surprises then as Ivory Coast start with approximately the same XI they always do, one of the more settled sides in African football. However, there is no Salomon Kalou, the Lille winger on the bench as Didier Ya Konan and Max Gradel start. Also, Cheick Tiote misses out as the old-school Cote d'Ivoire midfield pairing of Yaya Toure and Didier Zokora continues. A big bench then, with Arouna Kone, Romaric and Arthur Boka all hanging out in wait.
    • 14:35 IVORY COAST: 1-Boubacar Barry; 21-Emmanuel Eboue, 4-Kolo Toure, 22-Souleman Bamba, 17-Siaka Tiene; 5-Didier Zokora, 19-Yaya Toure, 15-Max Gradel, 13-Didier Ya Konan; 10-Gervinho, 11-Didier Drogba /// TOGO: 16-Kossi Agassa; 2-Dare Nibombe, 5-Serge Akakpo, 9-Vincent Bossou, 21-Dakonam Djene, 6-Mamah Gaffar; 8-Komlan Amewou, 15-Alaixys Romao, 17-Serge Gakpe; 4-Emmanuel Adebayor, 11-Jonathan Ayite
    • 14:30 Hello and welcome to live text commentary from the African Cup of Nations. It's Group D today, and one of the tournament favourites, the Ivory Coast, take on Togo at The Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Kick-off is at 15:00.
  • Summary

    • 60' GOAL TOGO! Nibombe flicks the header into the top left but it's disallowed - the corner was taken too quickly says the ref!

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  • Ivory Coast

    Manager: Sabri Lamouchi

  • Togo

    Manager: Didier Six

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