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October 13, 2013 1:00 AM MYT
Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny — Abidjan
Referee:‬ R. Seechurn‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
5′ (PG) Didier Drogba
Papiss Cissé 90+5′
14′ (OG) Ludovic Sané
Papiss Cissé 90+5′
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Cote d'Ivoire 3-1 Senegal

Goal rates every player as a masterclass from Gervinho puts the Elephants in control of their 2014 World Cup qualifying play-off

By Max Bentley

  • Boubacar Barry Copa
    0
    0
    2.50

    Boubacar Barry Copa

    The Elephants' goalkeeper commanded his area from set-pieces but couldn't prevent Cisse from snatching a last-gasp goal to give Senegal a glimmer of hope ahead of the return leg.

  • Arthur Boka
    0
    0
    3.00

    Arthur Boka

    The left-back produced an assured defensive display and his experience was key to the hosts' resilience at the back.

  • Serge Aurier
    0
    0
    3.50

    Serge Aurier

    A superb performance from the young Toulouse full-back who was effective at both ends of the pitch with his willingness to maraud up and down the right.

  • Sol Bamba
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sol Bamba

    Justified his selection ahead of Kolo Toure with a fine display, using his aerial prowess and rugged approach to frustrate Senegal.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    1
    0
    2.50

    Cheikh Tiote

    Battled bravely to help Cote d'Ivoire win the midfield duel but will miss the return leg after picking up another booking.

  • Didier Zokora
    0
    0
    2.50

    Didier Zokora

    The experienced makeshift defender merged a good partnership with Bamba but he should perhaps have done better with the clearance which led to Cisse's late strike.

  • G. Serey Die
    0
    0
    3.00

    G. Serey Die

    Despite his lack of international experience, he shone in the midfield. An energetic showing with his pressing braking up many of the opposition's attacks.

  • Yaya Touré
    1
    0
    2.50

    Yaya Touré

    Not the customary solid display from the Manchester City man whose first touch sometimes let him down. He lacked a clinical edge in the final third.

  • Didier Drogba
    2
    0
    3.00

    Didier Drogba

    The 35-year-old marked his 99th international cap with a goal as he confidently sent Coundoul the wrong way from the spot.

  • Salomon Kalou
    2
    0
    3.50

    Salomon Kalou

    Flourished when adopting a central position behind Drogba and he deservedly got on the scoresheet with a well-taken one-on-one.

  • Gervinho
    3
    0
    4.50

    Gervinho

    Stunning performance from the Roma winger whose dribbling and pace caused the Senegal defence all sorts of problems. He was tripped for the penalty and was also the architect for the second and third goal.

Substitutions

  • Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio
    0
    0
    2.50

    Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio

    The substitute nearly made the perfect impact a minute after coming on but his tame shot when played clean through was comfortably saved by Coundoul.

  • Lacina Traore
    0
    0
    3.00

    Lacina Traore

    The 23-year-old looked lively when he came off the bench and he was at the heart of most attacking moves late in the second half.

  • Max-Alain Gradel
    0
    0

    Max-Alain Gradel

    Came on with minutes to spare to give Sabri Lamouchi's side fresh legs on the wing.

  • Bouna Coundoul
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bouna Coundoul

    The goalkeeper was let down by the high defensive line in front of him and was offered no protection for any of the goals he conceded.

  • Cheikhou Kouyaté
    0
    0
    2.00

    Cheikhou Kouyaté

    His ill-timed tackle on Gervinho on five minutes gifted Cote d'Ivoire a penalty and ensured Senegal got off to the worst possible start when Drogba converted.

  • Lamine Gassama
    0
    0
    2.00

    Lamine Gassama

    The right-back simply could not cope with Gervinho's dribbling and he was run ragged by the Roma winger. He did redeem himself to an extent by blocking Gervinho's shot off the line.

  • Ludovic Sané
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ludovic Sané

    He was unfortunate to score an own goal when Gervinho's cross deflected off of him, leaving Coundoul wrong-footed.

  • P. Souaré
    0
    0
    2.50

    P. Souaré

    Was fortunate that Gervinho tended to drift out to the left rather than the right and he was rarely exposed down his side.

  • Idrissa Gueye
    0
    0
    2.00

    Idrissa Gueye

    The Lille midfielder was rather anonymous throughout and his shooting was often wayward.

  • Mohamed Diame
    1
    0
    3.50

    Mohamed Diame

    The Senegal captain caused problems with his power and drive but despite his determination, he could not produce the goods in the final third.

  • Dame Ndoye
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dame Ndoye

    Produced some bright moments of trickery and delivered a series of teasing set-pieces but struggled to penetrate the hosts' backline.

  • Moussa Sow
    1
    0
    3.00

    Moussa Sow

    The Fenerbahce striker was lively up front and got into many promising positions despite failing to find the net.

  • Papiss Cissé
    1
    0
    3.00

    Papiss Cissé

    Was quiet throughout but popped up crucially in the 95th minute to give Senegal a glimmer of hope ahead of the return leg, taking him onto five goals in qualifying.

Substitutions

  • Issa Cissokho
    0
    0
    2.00

    Issa Cissokho

    Replaced Gassama in a bid to prevent Gervinho's impact on the left but like the Lorient defender, he failed to do so.

  • Sadio Mané
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sadio Mané

    The substitute gave Senegal a more direct attacking threat as they managed to pull a goal back late on.

  • Henri Saivet
    0
    0

    Henri Saivet

    The young Bordeaux man came on in a bid to boost Senegal's attacking options but he had little time to influence the game.

Results
First Leg
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Player Ratings
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Mohammed Abu Trika Mohammed Abu Trika
Midfielder
Al Ahly
6 4
Papiss Cissé Papiss Cissé
Striker
Newcastle United
6 1
Asamoah Gyan Asamoah Gyan
Striker
Al Ain
6 0
Mohamed Salah Mohamed Salah
Midfielder
Chelsea
6 0
Juvenal Juvenal
Midfielder
5 2