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Guinea hosted Ivory Coast in African qualifiers today, and it was the away team that were left feeling content after ninety minutes, as the powerhouse team won 2-1 against the minnows.

Guinea 1-2 Ivory Coast
Group 5 Standings

The game was expected to be a whitewash for the Orange shirts of the Ivory Coast, but Guinea put up a good fight to deny their guests a handful of goals.

Didier Drogba and company did get what they had come for however, as the physically strong and fast away side were simply the better of the two national teams.

It took until just before the half time break for the first goal of the game, and it came courtesy of Ivory Coast star Bakary Kone. The Elephants were looking likely to go further ahead, but instead of extending their lead, Guinea were able to find an equaliser through Ismael Bangoura in the 61st minute.

With the home crowd now excited at the prospect of a score draw against the mighty Ivory Coast, the team looked more confident, but big match experience allowed the away team to find the a winner in the 70th minute through Koffi Romaric.

At the end of the day, Guinea were left with nothing from the match except for their pride and the fact that they had troubled their illustrious opponents for periods of the game.

The win leaves Ivory Coast top of the group with the maximum six points, along with Burkina Faso who beat Malawi 1-0 yesterday. Guinea are in trouble in the group, with no points after two match days.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com


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