MATCH CENTRE

MON 16 JANUARY 2017, 18:00, STADE D'OYEM

0
VS
0

Wilfried Zaha fails to inspire Ivory Coast to victory

by Staff Reporter

Mon January 16, 19:49

Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group C clash against Togo at the Stade d'Oyem in the Gabonese city of Oyem on Monday evening.

As the defending champions, the Elephants of Ivory Coast were the favourites against Togo's Sparrow Hawks in the Group C opener.

Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa was called into action just 10 minutes into game and produced a good save to deny Ivory Coast striker Jonathan Kodjia.

Slyvain Gbohouo, the Ivorian shot-stopper, was also tested in the 29th minute denying Mathieu Dossevi as the Sparrow Hawks looked to take the lead.

Nevertheless, the Elephants and Sparrow Hawks were unable to break the deadlock in the first-half and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

A quiet second-half followed as the two teams failed to seriously test the shot-stoppers Gbohouo and Agassa.

Wilfried Zaha was looking lively for Ivory Coast on his competitive debut. In the 68th minute, he cut inside, before unleashing a shot which was blocked in the box.

The winger was then replaced by experienced Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony in the 70th minute as the Elephants pushed more men forward.

However, the Togo defensive line were happy to sit back and contain the Elephants until match referee Eric Otogo-Castane blew the final whistle and the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

Ivory Coast 0
Togo 0

Ivory Coast: Gbohouo; Aurier, Bailly, Kanon, A.Traore; Serey Die, Seri (Doukoure 65'), Kessie; Zaha (Bony 70'), Kodjia (Gradel 83'), Kalou.

Togo: Agassa; Gakpe, Romao, Ouro-Akoriko, Djene; Dossevi (Agbegniadan 87'), F.Ayite, Atakora, Bebou; Laba (Akakpo 82'), Adebayor (Boukari 89').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE STADE D'OYEM
COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS TOGO GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP TOGO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
18
21
Defender
21
13
Defender
17
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
65'
6
Midfielder
87'
7
Midfielder
70'
9
Forward/Striker
89'
4
Forward/Striker
83'
14
Forward/Striker
82'
19
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Cheick Doukoure
Midfielder
65'
10
Serge Akakpo
Defender
82'
5
Wilfried Bony
Forward/Striker
70'
12
Komlan Agbégniadan
Forward/Striker
87'
8
Max Gradel
Midfielder
83'
15
Razak Boukari
Forward/Striker
89'
12
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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