Assist for Kolo as Elephants win group
- Wed 30 Jan 2013, 7:30PM
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Ivory Coast sailed through to the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-2 draw against Algeria in their final group game.
It was an action-packed second half, which contained all four goals, including an assist from City defender Kolo Toure!
With qualification virtually assured before kickoff, it was an opportunity for the Elephants to give stars like Yaya Toure a rest, and give others a taste of tournament action.
Kolo Toure was restored to the starting lineup as his brother dropped to the bench, and there was a first tournament start for fellow Blue Abdul Razak.
The young midfielder enjoyed nearly a full 90 minutes of competitive action, and was only substituted in second half stoppage time.
But the Ivory Coast missed Yaya’s presence and skill in the middle of the park, as they allowed their opponents to go two goals up.
It took Algeria two penalties to get off the mark in the game, and in the tournament. Although the first half spot kick was fired against the post by Ryad Boudebouz , Sofiane Feghouli made no mistake in the second period, firing high into the net to give the Desert Foxes the lead.
And they doubled their advantage six minutes later. Feghouli got the assist this time, with a perfect cross for Hilal Soudani to head in their first goal from open play in this year’s competition.
But Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba combined to grab one back for the tournament favourites, Kolo crossing deep from the left for the ex-Chelsea striker to head home.
Four minutes later Kone levelled the scores with a blistering shot which took a wicked deflection to leave goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi helpless.
City will therefore be without their Ivorian trio for a while longer, as the Elephants face Nigeria in the quarter finals on Sunday.