Ivory Coast were easily the better side in the 3-1 win against Senegal last month in the first leg of the play-off with Senegal, and the score didn’t represent their dominance of that game, with Papiss Cisse scoring for Senegal a full five minutes into added time.
That was close – Drogba and Kalou celebrate added time equalizer
But it was all change yesterday in Casablanca, as Senegal outplayed the Ivory Coast and they needed a 2-0 win to progress to the World Cup Finals in Brazil next summer.
Senegal went at the opposition like a steam train in the opening minutes, and Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse missed a decent chance after only four minutes to pull on back for Senegal.
But unfortunately for Senegal, Papiss Cisse in particular missed a number of chances to put Senegal ahead, with the best chance coming in the 49th minute.
But then after 77 minutes Moussa Sow scored a penalty to put Senegal ahead, after Didier Drogba had fouled Salif Sane in the penalty box.
And then Senegal needed one more goal in those last 13 minutes to go through, and it wasn’t unlike when Newcastle went 1-0 ahead against Benfica at home in the second leg of the Europa league quarter finals, after we lost the first leg 3-1 in Portugal.
Senegal attacked the opposition for that second goal, and as happened with Newcastle against Benfica, Senegal were caught short at the back by Ivory Coast in added time, and Solomon Kalou ensured the Ivory Coast and our own Cheick Tiote would be taking part in Brazil next summer.
But it was the same old thing for Papiss Cisse yesterday, and unfortunately he missed a number of chances and the opportunity to give Senegal a glorious win.
Papiss will hardly be happy man today, but Cheick Tiote will be happy – and relieved no doubt.
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