Russia 1 – Ivory Coast 1

Fabio Capello’s Russia were held at home by Ivory Coast in a draw in Moscow that lacked little in terms of attack. Russia’sĀ Alan Dzagdev scored from a free-kick on 55 minutes, while Max Gradel equalised for Ivory Coast on 77 minutes when his header deflected off the post only to be headed again, this time into the open goal. That’s the former Leeds’ players first international goal. Overall, the Elephants will be happy with the result against a team ranked five places above them in the FIFA rankings (11th) and playing at home. The big test comes in a few weeks time when they play the first of a two-leg encounter with Senegal to see who gets a place in the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Starting XI:

Daniel Yeboah, Kolo Toure, Sol Bamba, Emmanuel Eboue, Didier Zokora, Abdul Razak, Yaya Toure, Kader Keita, Maz Gradel, Didier Drogba (c).

Subs used – Didier Ya Konan, Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso, Tiene Siaka, Sagbo Yannick

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