Ivory Coast 2 – Algeria 2

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This match was never destined to be a classic – Algeria already eliminated in the competition and Ivory Coast already qualified. Coach Lamouchi put out the reserve side – only Romaric and Kalou remained from the starting XI that played against Tunisia at the weekend. A time to shine arguably, and of course starting with players like Kolo Toure and Drogba, this reserve team aren’t terrible, but there were clear weaknesses particularly in goal. And given Copa Barry was perhaps the only person who really needed resting, after reignited his long-term back problems, that was rather worrying. There was little hurry about the Ivorian game until the second half when Algeria scored goals in quick succession, the first from the penalty spot. Ivory Coast were clearly¬†embarrassed¬†to be down two goals and turned up the pace with Drogba scoring well, and then Bony equalising with a deflection that turned his rather wayward shot goal-bound. All in all, not a fantastic match and I don’t think we learned much about Ivory Coast’s chances in the rest of the competition. Perhaps it’s good though that they can play terribly and still so rarely lose, and also that the team’s pride will have been brought down a few notches. It was nice at the end to see warm scenes between the Ivorian players and their former coach, Vahid Halilhodzic.

 

Starting XI

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Boka, Traore, Kolo, Igor

Kalou, Romaric, Razak, Arouna

Drogba (c), Bony

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