Debutant Doue edges Ivory Coast past Uruguay in friendly

AFP , Wednesday 27 Mar 2024

Rennes defender Guela Doue scored on his international debut as the Ivory Coast beat Uruguay 2-1 in a friendly played in Lens on Tuesday.

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Ivory Coast's Doue Guela (4L) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the friendly football match between Ivory Coast and Uruguay, at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, northern France, on March 26, 2024. Photo: AFP


The Elephants, African Cup of Nations champions earlier this year, led 1-0 after just nine minutes when Napoli defender Mathias Olivera scored an own goal in front of a quarter-full Stade Bollaert.

Uruguay equalised with 13 minutes to play as forward Federico Vinas opened his account for his country on his second appearance.

Doue, 21, then claimed the winner with six minutes to play from a Simon Adingra assist as the Ivory Coast ended their short tour of France with a win after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Benin in Amiens.

The game ended on a sour note as Ivory Coast defender Odilon Kossounou and Uruguay midfielder Manuel Ugarte were shown 97th minute yellow cards for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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