Two second-half goals from captain Didier Drogba ensured qualification for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast’s second leg match away to Senegal, in a match marred by violent protests by the home side immediately after the second goal. Fans started fires in the stand, while some Ivorian supporters were hurt in attacks, taking shelter on the pitch. The match was stopped with both sides gathering together in the centre circle surrounded by bodyguards.
Senegal always had a hard task overturning last month’s 4-2 defeat in Abidjan against the continent’s top side. They threatened in the first half, though failed to get past keeper Copa Barry who pulled off some crucial stops. With Senegal increasingly pushing forward, space opened up for counter-attacks with a break from Yaya Toure leading to a freekick on the edge of the box which was fired in by Drogba. He then took a penalty won by Max Gradel for what looked to be a handball by the Senegalese defender.
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