|Elephants Trample Over Gambia|
|Sunday, 24 March 2013 02:33|
(Abidjan) – Ivory Coast recorded a 3-0 victory in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Abidjan against Gambia on Saturday night.
Their victory came courtesy of three second-half goals, and The Elephants now take a comanding lead in Group C of the Africa zone with seven points.
Without their usual talisman in the form of Didier Drogba who was dropped due to his poor performance at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa earlier in the year, The Elephants have won the hearts of their fans again.
The first-half saw the star-studded Ivorians kept at bay by the Scorpians, who themselves threatened Ivory Coast’s defence at the odd occasion.
The deadlock was broken after the break in the 49th minute with a Wilfried Bony penalty-goal.
The penalty was awarded after Arsenal’s Gervinho was brought down in the box while trying to weave his way through the Gambian defenders.
This goal saw Ivory Coast rise to a new level of domination in the match, and they could have had several more goals if not for the heroic efforts of Gambia’s keeper Allen Christopher.
Ivory Coast’s second goal came in the 59th minute after Yaya Touré headed the ball into the back of the net from a cross from the left-hand edge of the box.
Gervinho, who after the encounter was named man-of-the-match, was instrumental in creating the Ivorians’ third goal.
After dribbling his way through four defenders in the Gambia box, Gervinho side-crossed the ball to a waiting Salomon Kalou, who finished off the fine passage of play by slotting the ball past the keeper.
The two countries will clash again in June for the second leg of the fixture.