Late Goals Leave Ivory Coast, Tunisia smiling

Ivory Coast's Gervinho celebrates his goal against Togo
Ivory Coast’s Gervinho celebrates his goal against Togo

Late goals from Ivory Coast forward Gervinho and Tunisia winger Youssef Msakni earned wins over Togo and Algeria respectively as Group D got underway at the African Nations Cup on Tuesday.

Gervinho sealed victory for the tournament favourites with an 88th minute strike from a tight angle to give Ivory Coast a 2-1 win over a stubborn Togo side.

Msakni left it even later by netting in stoppage time to give Tunisia a 1-0 win over North African rivals Algeria.

Five of the eight games so far have ended in draws and the other three have all had late winners – Seidou Keita scoring for Mali in the 84th for a 1-0 victory over Niger on Sunday.

While the results of Tuesday’s games at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace mean Ivory Coast and Tunisia are level on points at the top of Group D, they won in contrasting ways.

Ivory Coast won an entertaining game with Togo while Tunisia and Algeria never looked like scoring until Msakni’s produced a touch of class with a superb curling shot from 20 metres.

The one thing both winning teams had in common was that they did not play particularly well.

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