AFCON: Ivory Coast starts with a win

13 Jan 2022, Douala Stadium:- Max Gradel’s early goal was enough to secure the Ivory Coast a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday but the minnows proved no pushovers in the Group E encounter.

Gradel, captaining an Ivorian team that had Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha on the bench, struck home a powerful effort from the edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute as they made a rapid start to the clash at the Japoma Stadium.

With this win, Ivory Coast remain at the top of Group E with 3 points from 1 game, and Equatorial Guinea are yet to open their account.

Match score:- Ivory Coast – 1 : Equatorial Guinea – 0