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September 8, 2012 7:00 PM SAST
Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny — Abidjan
 
Dame Ndoye 33′
65′ Gervinho
80′ (PG) Didier Drogba
 
 
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2013 Afcon qualifiers: Ivory Coast 4-2 Senegal: The Elephants walk over the Teranga Lions

The Elephants had to twice come from behind against a spirited Teranga Lions to ensure they go to Dakar for the return leg next month with little work to do

By Kent Mensah

CAN 2012 : Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)
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Ivory Coast have set off on a sound footing after beating Senegal 4-2 at home in the final round of the first leg of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.

The Teranga Lions drew the first blood through Dame N’Doye. It took the effort of Lille’s Salomon Kalou to pull level for the Elephants before the interval.

The Ivorians stumbled again after the break when Papiss Cisse made it double for the Senegalese, but their joy was short lived after Gervinho equalised to make it 2-2 to bring the home side back into the game.

Striker Didier Drogba was the next to find his name on the score sheet for the Elephants after slotting home from the spot moments after Jacques Faty fouled Gervinho in the danger zone.

The game ended 4-2 after Max Gradel’s blast deflected into the Senegalese goal post. It could have been five for the Ivorians, but Drogba’s last gasp goal was over ruled.

The Ivorians now have an advantage to qualify for the next edition of the Nations Cup in South Africa and will have little work to do in their second leg fixture in Dakar next month.



Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In SAST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba
Striker
Galatasaray
6 3
Mbokani Mbokani
Striker
Dynamo Kiev
5 2
Alain Traoré Alain Traoré
Midfielder
Lorient
5 0
Wakaso Wakaso
Midfielder
Rubin
4 3
Victor Moses Victor Moses
Midfielder
LFC
4 2