Gervinho hands Elephants crucial win over Togo

first_imgTournament favourite Ivory Coast scrapped through with 2-1 win over Togo in a gritty West African Group D derby.Yayha Toure put the Elephants ahead in a first half but the Hawks drew level on the stroke of half time.Gervinho scored late on in the second half but it was Barry’s superb last gasp save that ensured that Ivory Coast went home with maximum points.The match was expected to be competitive and it did live up to its billing.Just two minutes into the game, captain Adebayor was presented with a glorious opportunity after a horrendous blunder by Kolo Toure but the Tottenham striker, with just Barry to beat, over-elaborated and wasted the opportunity.He was dearly punished four minutes later as Yahya Toure opened the Ivorian account with a decent strike which eased through a forest of legs and beating the Hawks goal keeper. Toure was unlucky when his well taken shot hit the wood work and Gervinho blasting wide the rebound.The Hawks lifted up their game with striker Adebayor making some rampaging runs on the left but his final delivery could be connected.Just when the game was cruising to recess, Jonathan Ayite stepped up with a half volley from a corner to put the Hawks back on level.Togo returned from the recess looking more and more adventurous in front of goal and had a seemingly legitimate goal ruled out.Nibombe soared above his markers to head home a corner but just when he jetted off in jubilation he was told the goal had been disallowed. The Ivorians stepped up their game with Gervinho getting the second goal and possibly the game winner but not yet.Barry will be their saviour as he palmed out a goal bound flick on the stroke of full time to keep alive the Ivorian dream for gold after 21 years.last_img read more