MATCH CENTRE

FRI 14 NOVEMBER 2014, 17:00, FREETOWN

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VS
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Kalou, Gradel inspire Elephants

by Neil Greig

Fri November 14, 19:05

Two goals from Salomon Kalou and one from Max Gradel, who also made a goal, inspired Ivory Coast to a 5-1 win against Sierra Leone in their 2015 Afcon Qualifier in Abidjan.

Besides Kalou's double and Gradel's strike, Kolo Toure and Gervinho also got in on the act in a match that was locked at 1-1 by the half time break.

The win puts the Elephants on 9 points, just one behind group leaders Cameroon who face DR Congo (on 6 points) tomorrow.

It took just seven minutes for the Ivorians to score when veteran defender Kolo Toure netted off a cross from Max Gradel from the right and ten minutes later the Ivorians hit the woodwork when Lacina Traore headed the impressive Gradel’s cross onto the bar.

But despite Ivory Coast’s domination, Sierra Leone got the equaliser in the 25th minute through Mustapha Bangoura following a one-two with Alhassan Kamara.

Ivory Coast restored their lead, however, early in the second half when Salomon Kalou put his side ahead off another cross by Max Gradel, who then turned scorer in the 52nd minute as he netted from a cross by Siaka Tiene.

The Elephants stormed further into the lead on 60 minutes when Gervinho got the Ivorians’ fourth goal of the day thanks to an assist by big forward Lacina Traore.

And Kalou, standing in for the suspended Wilfried Bony, had the final say in the 73rd minute to take his overall tally to four goals in these Afcon qualifiers and rounding off an emphatic 5-1 victory.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE FREETOWN
SIERRA LEONE GOALS COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS
10. Mustapha Bangura (25') 8. Salomon Kalou (49')
15. Max Gradel (52')
10. Gervinho (61')
4. Kolo Toure (7')
8. Salomon Kalou (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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SIERRA LEONE STARTING LINEUP COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP
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Goalkeeper
16
Defender
9'
82'
15
Defender
7'
4
Defender
18
Defender
2
Defender
17
Midfielder
56'
11
Defender
5
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
76'
7
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
52'
60'
15
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
25'
33'
10
Forward/Striker
61'
10
Midfielder
3
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
49'
73'
82'
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ibrahim Kallay
Midfielder
33'
8
G. Cyriac
Forward/Striker
60'
9
Mohamed Kabia
Forward/Striker
56'
14
Ismael Diomande
Midfielder
76'
14
Abdul Rahman Bangura
Defender
82'
16
Tallo Gadji Celi
Forward/Striker
82'
11
CARDS
Alie Sesay
Defender
9'
15
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
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