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Gervinho gives Ivory Coast 2-1 win over Togo

 Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor, right, is challenged by Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure, during their African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match at Royal Bafoken...

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Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor, right, is challenged by Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure, during their African Cup of Nations Group D soccer match at Royal Bafoken...

Gervinho scored an 88th-minute winner as title-favorite Ivory Coast opened its African Cup of Nations campaign with a 2-1 victory over Togo on Tuesday.
The Arsenal forward ran behind the Togo defenders and found the net at the far post after a long free kick by Yaya Toure.
Toure had scored from inside the area less than 10 minutes into the match, and Jonathan Ayite equalized for Togo from a corner just before halftime as the teams opened play in Group D on a hot afternoon in the northwestern city of Rustenburg.
Led by Didier Drogba and several players from European clubs, Ivory Coast struggled to create many chances against a tightly-organized Togo team, whose scoring opportunities mostly fell to Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.


Updated : 2021-08-01 05:46 GMT+08:00