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World Cup Qualifications (CAF Third Round): Senegal vs. Ivory Coast

World Cup Qualifications (CAF Third Round): Senegal vs. Ivory Coast

Match Date: 16 November 2013

Match Venue: Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca


The last combat

An away win was never meant for the Lions. The first leg of the World Cup qualifications’ CAF segment (third round) between Ivory Coast and Senegal was accessibly won by the Elephants. Grabbing the lead for his team, Didier Drogba delivered a penalty goal in the third minute. Senegal’s Ludovic Sane scored a careless own goal a few minutes later, which maligned further the visitors’ hope for a win. Solomon Kalou netted the last goal for Ivory Coast and while they were already at the verge of losing, Senegal was able to punch a late goal via Papiss Cisse. The match concluded in a 1-3 result, in favor of course, to the Ivoirians.

Although the probability for an Ivory Coast win was never put in doubt, the epic goal scored by Senegal in the match’s dying minutes made a sizable impression. The upcoming second leg seems really interesting, and anything could happen between the match’s halves.


Sides compared

An attack via through ball is one of the best qualities of the Elephants. This was seen in the match’s 49th minute, when Gervinho’s through ball split the high Senegalese defensive line whilst Kalou raced towards goal, sending it to the net. Conversely, Ivory Coast need extra miles to improve their defense a little better.

Senegal, meanwhile, are akin to creating surprises in the pitch. The intriguing tactics they employ, coupled by Alain Giresse’s unique approach to managing long shots, could well serve great advantage for the Lions when they meet again with Ivory Coast for the second leg of the competition.


World Cup betting tip: Unlike in their first meeting, the second and final encounter between the African teams would be a lot more interesting. This may serve as an opportunity for Ivory Coast to maintain their lead, but could also be the perfect time for Senegal to retaliate. The latter only needs a draw to secure their seeding in the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals, and with that target more manageable than their opponents’ bow for victory, doing so can be easily done. Ivory Coast and Senegal will pick up two goals apiece from this battle.


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