Ivory Coast leave it late

  • Last Updated: January 22 2013, 20:23 GMT

A review of Tuesday's action in the African Cup of Nations, with Ivory Coast striking late on to beat Togo.

Ivory Coast: 2-1 victors over Togo
Ivory Coast: 2-1 victors over Togo

Gervinho volleyed in a late winner to help tournament favourites Ivory Coast begin their African Nations Cup campaign with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Togo in Rustenburg.

The Arsenal striker turned the ball home in the 87th minute after Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa missed a Yaya Toure free-kick as last year's runners-up - looking to win the competition for the first time since 1992 - sneaked home in their Group D opener.

The impressive Yaya Toure had given the Elephants an eighth-minute lead and also hit the post before Togo drew level on the stroke of half-time through Jonathan Ayite.

Ivory Coast rode their luck on occasion, though, and were indebted to two fantastic saves from goalkeeper Boubacar Barry to deny Emmanuel Adebayor at the start of the match and then Floyd Ayite right at the end.

Youssef M'Sakni scored a brilliant last-gasp winner for Tunisia to give them a Group D victory over Algeria in Rustenburg.

M'Sakni lit up an otherwise turgid affair with a touch of class just as the game entered four minutes of injury time, curling home an unstoppable 25-yard effort into the top corner.

It was a far better goal than the game deserved, but Tunisia will not be complaining after joining Ivory Coast at the top of the group following the latter's 2-1 win over Togo earlier on Tuesday.


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