The Ivory Coast scraped through their first Group B game in the African Cup of Nations last night with a narrow 1-0 win over outsiders Sudan.
Cheick Tiote – Newcatsle’s star midfielder played 80 minutes last night
It was Chelsea striker Didier Drogba who scored the only goal of the game after 39 minutes, when he headed the ball home from Chelsea colleague Salomon Kalou’s left wing cross.
Cheick Tiote started the game for the Ivorians, and was substituted after 80 minutes (with Abdulkader Keita) and other Premier League players starting for the Ivorian side included brothers Yaya and Kolo Toure, Drogba, Kalou and Gervinho.
Sudan were expected to be an easy game for the Ivorians but it was not so easy, although the Ivory Coast were the better side in the first half, they had difficulty putting the ball into the net.
And Sudan should have come away from the game with at least a point, when they had some decent chances to score, especially in the second half.
The game was fairly even from the start and Sudan had their fair share of chances with Ahmed Bashir and Mudathir Eltaib both going close.
After Drogba had finally put the Ivory coast ahead 6 minutes before half time, Sudan responded well and should have leveled the scores within a couple of minutes, when Bashir had a good chance, put shot just wide.
The second half was even but Sudan couldn’t score, and they had a great chance right at the end of the game, when Musa Mohammed put the ball across the face of the goal, but nobody was there to convert.
In the other game played in Group B Angola beat Burkina Faso 2-1.
The Ivory Coast will now play Burkina Faso on Thursday, and Sudan will play Angola.