Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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Afcon 2017: Ivory Coast and Togo play out dour draw

Ivory Coast and Togo could not find a way past each other
Ivory Coast and Togo could not find a way past each other

Defending champions Ivory Coast and Togo drew 0-0 in their opening Group C match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Jonathan Kodjia came close for Ivory Coast but his toe-poke was well saved by goalkeeper Kossi Agassa.

At the other end, Sylvain Gbohouo rushed out of his goal to save smartly at the feet of Mathieu Dossevi.

Late on, Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier headed wide from an unmarked position in a rare clear-cut chance.

Neither side found their fluency - not helped by a poor pitch - and even from early on the game had the look of a stalemate.

Wilfried Zaha, making his competitive debut for Ivory Coast after switching international allegiance from England, looked just about the liveliest player on show.

Switching wings regularly, he cut in off the right to send a shot just over and later ended a good run from the left with an effort that was well blocked.

Both sides were guilty of wasting set-piece opportunities. Togo's corners left a lot to be desired, while Ivory Coast fared no better from a series of free-kicks.

Aurier should have snatched a winner for the Elephants but nodded wide from six yards.

Four of the five games at the tournament have now been drawn.

Line-ups

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 17Aurier
  • 21Bailly
  • 5Kanon
  • 18Traoré
  • 11Kessié
  • 20Serey Dié
  • 6SeriSubstituted forDoukoureat 65'minutes
  • 9ZahaSubstituted forBonyat 70'minutes
  • 14KodjiaSubstituted forGradelat 82'minutes
  • 8Kalou

Substitutes

  • 1Mande
  • 2Pepe
  • 3N'Guessan
  • 4Koné
  • 7Angban
  • 10Doukoure
  • 12Bony
  • 13Sio
  • 15Gradel
  • 19Deli
  • 22Bagayoko
  • 23Sangaré

Togo

  • 16Agassa
  • 17Gakpe
  • 15Romao
  • 13Ouro-Akoriko
  • 21Dakonam Ortega
  • 7DosseviSubstituted forAgbégniadanat 87'minutes
  • 10Ayité
  • 18Atakora
  • 22Bebou
  • 19Fo-Doh LabaSubstituted forAkakpoat 82'minutes
  • 4AdebayorSubstituted forBoukariat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mensah
  • 2Atchou
  • 3Ouro-Sama
  • 5Akakpo
  • 6Mamah
  • 8Agbégniadan
  • 9Bossou
  • 11Kouloum
  • 12Boukari
  • 14Segbefia
  • 20Eninful
  • 23Tchagouni
Referee:
Eric Arnaud Otogo-Castane

Match Stats

Home TeamIvory CoastAway TeamTogo
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home27
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Côte d'Ivoire 0, Togo 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Côte d'Ivoire 0, Togo 0.

Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Serge Akakpo (Togo).

Substitution

Substitution, Togo. Razak Boukari replaces Emmanuel Adebayor.

Attempt missed. Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Max Gradel with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

Substitution

Substitution, Togo. Komlan Agbégniadan replaces Mathieu Dossevi.

Hand ball by Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Max Gradel replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Substitution

Substitution, Togo. Serge Akakpo replaces Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba.

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).

Jacques-Alaixys Romao (Togo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheick Doukoure (Côte d'Ivoire).

Lalawélé Atakora (Togo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sadat Ouro-Akoriko (Togo).

Attempt missed. Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (Togo) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Djené with a cross.

Eric Bailly (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (Togo).

Foul by Adama Traoré (Côte d'Ivoire).

Mathieu Dossevi (Togo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Salomon Kalou (Côte d'Ivoire).

Serge Gakpe (Togo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Côte d'Ivoire. Franck Kessié tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Côte d'Ivoire).

Djené (Togo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Wilfried Bony replaces Wilfried Zaha.

Foul by Geoffroy Serey Dié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Ihlas Bebou (Togo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Geoffroy Serey Dié.

Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Djené (Togo).

Corner, Togo. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lalawélé Atakora (Togo).

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Cameroon10101101
3Gabon10101101
4Guinea-Bissau10101101

B

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1Senegal11002023
2Algeria10102201
3Zimbabwe10102201
4Tunisia100102-20

C

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2Ivory Coast10100001
3Togo10100001
4Morocco100101-10

D

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2Ghana00000000
3Mali00000000
4Uganda00000000
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