MATCH CENTRE

FRI 15 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00, CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

0
VS
1

Benin stun the Elephants

by Brian Lee

Fri September 15, 21:59

A goal from Charbel Gomez handed Benin a shock 1-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

The first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Ivorian Inza Diabate brilliantly controlled a cross from the right on his chest and volleyed goalwards, but the Benin keeper made a spectacular close range save to deny.

Six minutes later Fulgenc Aka Essis met a cross from the right at the back post, but his eight-yard header was acrobatically stopped by the Benin keeper once again.

Despite being on the back foot for the most part, Benin took the lead in the 40th minute, very much against the run of play, when a shot from Marcellin Koupo was saved into the path of Charbel Gomez who duly tapped into the net from only a couple of yards out, 1-0.

Cote d’Ivoire tried to find an equaliser before the break, but entered the tunnel at half time trailing by a goal.

The Elephants continued to dictate terms in the second half, but they struggled to break down a resolute Benin defence.

The first significant attempt of the second half came in the 65th minute when Kouame-Noel N’Guessan fired inches over the Benin goal from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later the Squirrels mounted only their second attack of the game, but were thwarted by the outstretched hand of Jean Malic Ble Zadi who turned a low 22-yard shot from Charbel Gomez around the post.

In the 76th minute Charbel Gomez caused another headache for Cote d’Ivoire as he dribbled his way past three defenders before being denied by the goalkeeper from close range.

The Elephants threw numbers forward in the final ten minutes of the match in search of an equaliser, but Benin held on for a famous 1-0 win.

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0
Benin (1) 1 (Gomez 40’)

Teams

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 12. Cissoko (8. Diarra 58’), 3. Gonazo, 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 78’), 18. Voli Bi (7. Gnangbo 46’).

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 18. Counou, 5. Salmon, 12. Bah-Yere, 15. Ogoulola (4. Hougbedji 70’), 8. Mama, 13. Osseni (17. Aboki 51’), 10. Koukpo, 11. Gomez, 14. Bessan (19. Elegbede 83’).

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS BENIN GOALS
11. Charbel Codjo Gomez (40')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP BENIN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
20'
5
12
Defender
18
4
3
Midfielder
78'
9
13
Midfielder
40'
64'
11
Forward/Striker
27'
58'
16
Midfielder
70'
15
Forward/Striker
32'
15
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
46'
14
Forward/Striker
83'
14
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ange-Pacome Gnangbo
Midfielder
46'
0
Wariss Gbetognon Aboki
Midfielder
51'
14
Badou Diarra
Forward/Striker
58'
17
Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji
Midfielder
70'
11
Parfait Guiagon
Midfielder
78'
9
Jules Elegbede
Forward/Striker
83'
18
CARDS
Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko
Forward/Striker
27'
16
Junior Salomon
Defender
20'
5
Inza Diabate
Forward/Striker
32'
15
Charbel Codjo Gomez
Midfielder
64'
11
Ange-Pacome Gnangbo
Midfielder
83'
0
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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