CAN round-up: Red-hot favourites Ivory Coast still searching for missing spark

Ahram Online, Friday 27 Jan 2012

A brief round-up of the African Cup of Nations sixth matchday in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon

Ivory Coast

Best player: Ahmed Bashir (Sudan)

The Sudanese striker gave his team a lifeline in this tournament after scoring twice to salvage a 2-2 draw against Angola. Bashir rose above the defence and sent a glancing header at the far post to cancel out Manucho’s early lead. That was Sudan’s first goal in the finals since Ali Gagarine’s strike against Zaire in 1976. Falling behind again by a second-half penalty from Manucho, the Sudan number 19 came to his side's rescue when he volleyed home from inside the six-yard box after Jose Vinguidica failed to clear the danger.

Watch Sudan V Angola goals

Best goal: Ahmed Bashir (Sudan) – first goal

Mudather Eltaib crossed from the right flank and Ahmed Bashir towered above two defenders to send a glancing header home at the far post, a goal that brought Sudan back into the game and made the team’s domination count.

Watch Ahmed Bashir's first goal against Angola


Brief overview

Lacklustre Ivory Coast have maintained their 100% winning start after claiming a 2-0 victory over Burkina Faso, whose second successive defeat sent them packing. The star-studded team failed to live up to the expectations as the likes of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Gervinho failed to impress. However, mission was accomplished as they secured their ticket to the quarter-finals after collecting six points from as many games.

Ahmed Bashir’s brace helped Sudan maintain their chances of advancing to the knockout phase. The one-time African champions, who have one point, will be in a must-win situation when they take on heavyweights Ivory Coast in their final group stage game on Monday. 

Catch of the day: Amazing Kone header, in his own goal!

Bakary Kone killed of any hopes of a comeback for Burkina Faso against Ivory Coast. He jumped in an attempt to clear Artur Boka’s cross but instead sent a superb glancing header that lobbed his own keeper into his own net.

Two goals down against Ivory Coast with eight minutes to go, Burkina Faso had a mountain to climb. The Stallions were eliminated after suffering a second straight loss.

Watch Kone's own goal


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