Ivory Coast in pole position

Ivory Coast took a big step towards securing their place at next summer's World Cup finals with a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their play-off against Senegal in Abidjan on Saturday.

Last Updated: 12/10/13 at 20:40 Post Comment

Didier Drogba (r): Ivory Coast striker scored from the spot against Senegal

Didier Drogba (r): Ivory Coast striker scored from the spot against Senegal

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba opened the scoring in the fifth minute by neatly converting a penalty after a trip on Gervinho, and the hosts were two up on 12 minutes when Bordeaux defender Ludovic Sane inadvertently directed the ball past his own goalkeeper from Gervinho's cross.

Roma forward Gervinho was again the provider when Salomon Kalou made it 3-0 within four minutes of the restart, the Lille striker bursting through the middle and coolly slotting a low shot home for his 22nd international goal.

That looked to have put the Ivorians firmly in the driving seat to qualify for a third straight World Cup finals, but Papiss Cisse volleyed home deep into stoppage time to give Senegal hope heading into next month's second leg in Casablanca.

In Saturday's other play-off first leg, Burkina Faso edged Algeria 3-2 in Ouagadougou thanks to a controversial late penalty from Aristide Bance.

The Algerians twice battled back from a goal down, second-half strikes from Sofiane Feghouli and Carl Medjani cancelling out Jonathan Pitroipa's effort in first-half stoppage time and a Djakaridja Kone goal.

However, the referee pointed to the spot four minutes from time on the advice of his assistant for a dubious handball offence against Essaid Belkalem, and Fortuna Dusseldorf frontman Bance - who earlier had a first-half spot-kick saved - kept his composure when given a second chance to convert from 12 yards.

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

Footer 365

Patrice Evra reveals he would have been Man Utd captain if he had stayed

Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United.

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms Fernando Torres will stay at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports News Fernando Torres will not be sold during this transfer window.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property