FRI 15 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

0 Cote d'Ivoire
VS
1 Benin

Ivory Coast take aim at Benin

Ivory Coast take aim at Benin
Jimoh Sherif Olatunde of Cote D Ivore during the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations Tournament. Between Ivory Coast v Togo in Cape Coast, Ghana on 12 September 2017 ©Christian Thompson/ BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 19:22

Ivory Coast will open their Group B campaign at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations with a match against Benin at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday evening, kick-off at 18h00 local time.

The Ivorians were forced to scrap for their place in the last eight of the competition, as they needed penalties to overcome Togo after a goalless draw in their knockout round clash on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi proved to be the hero after saving two penalties and scoring one himself to help his side prevail 4-3 in the shootout.

“I’m congratulating my boys for fighting and give a chance for our team to go to the group stage,” Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara said after the match, while also acknowledging that their main aim at the WAFU competition is prepare a strong side for next year’s 2018 African Nations Championship.

Benin, meanwhile, proved that they are not to be underestimated after downing Cape Verde 2-0 in the teams’ last 16 tie on Tuesday evening. Ibrahim Ogoulola and Agnide Osseni scored second-half goals to see the Squirrels advance.

Coach Oumar Tchomogo will have been delighted with his team’s maturity and composure against the Blue Sharks, but he will know that even further improvement is needed if they are to match Senegal, Ivory Coast and Niger in their tough group.

Ivory Coast and Benin have met in 13 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Elephants have claimed 10 wins - compared to just one for the Squirrels - and outscored their opponents 30 goals to 10 in the process.

Ivory Coast v Benin, head-to-head

COTE DIVOIRE v BENIN

Benin stun the Elephants

Benin stun the Elephants
Diarra Inza of Cote D Ivore challenged by Mama Seibou of Benin during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 15 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Friday Sep 15, 2017. 21:59

A goal from Charbel Gomez handed Benin a shock 1-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15.

The first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Ivorian Inza Diabate brilliantly controlled a cross from the right on his chest and volleyed goalwards, but the Benin keeper made a spectacular close range save to deny.

Six minutes later Fulgenc Aka Essis met a cross from the right at the back post, but his eight-yard header was acrobatically stopped by the Benin keeper once again.

Despite being on the back foot for the most part, Benin took the lead in the 40th minute, very much against the run of play, when a shot from Marcellin Koupo was saved into the path of Charbel Gomez who duly tapped into the net from only a couple of yards out, 1-0.

Cote d’Ivoire tried to find an equaliser before the break, but entered the tunnel at half time trailing by a goal.

The Elephants continued to dictate terms in the second half, but they struggled to break down a resolute Benin defence.

The first significant attempt of the second half came in the 65th minute when Kouame-Noel N’Guessan fired inches over the Benin goal from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later the Squirrels mounted only their second attack of the game, but were thwarted by the outstretched hand of Jean Malic Ble Zadi who turned a low 22-yard shot from Charbel Gomez around the post.

In the 76th minute Charbel Gomez caused another headache for Cote d’Ivoire as he dribbled his way past three defenders before being denied by the goalkeeper from close range.

The Elephants threw numbers forward in the final ten minutes of the match in search of an equaliser, but Benin held on for a famous 1-0 win.

Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0
Benin (1) 1 (Gomez 40’)

Teams

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 12. Cissoko (8. Diarra 58’), 3. Gonazo, 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 78’), 18. Voli Bi (7. Gnangbo 46’).

Benin coach: Oumar Tchomogo

Benin: 1. Glodjinon, 3. Fassinou, 18. Counou, 5. Salmon, 12. Bah-Yere, 15. Ogoulola (4. Hougbedji 70’), 8. Mama, 13. Osseni (17. Aboki 51’), 10. Koukpo, 11. Gomez, 14. Bessan (19. Elegbede 83’).

Starting Lineup

Cote d'Ivoire : Jean Malick Ble Zadi Hortalin, Adama Ousmane Ouattara, Kevin Romaric Yao Konan, Olatunde Sherif Jimoh, Willie Dagou Britto, Bi Kouame-Noel N'guessan, Fulgence Baudelaire Aka Essis, Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko, Inza Diabate, Landry Voli Bi Tra, Renardo Gonazo Bi Ya Thomas

Benin : Steve Glodjinon, Junior Salomon, Mama Sanni Bah Yere, Paterne Counou, Rodrigue Fassinou, Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni, Charbel Codjo Gomez, Ibrahim Ogoulola, Seibou Mama, Jacques Bessan, Marcellin Degnon Koukpo

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
20' Junior Salomon (Benin) is cautioned.
27' Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko (Cote d'Ivoire) is cautioned.
32' Inza Diabate (Cote d'Ivoire) is cautioned.
40' Charbel Codjo Gomez (Benin) scores!
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
46' Cote d'Ivoire: Ange-Pacome Gnangbo replaces Landry Voli Bi Tra
51' Benin: Wariss Gbetognon Aboki replaces Achirou Agnide Ismael Osseni
58' Cote d'Ivoire: Badou Diarra replaces Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko
64' Charbel Codjo Gomez (Benin) is cautioned.
70' Benin: Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji replaces Ibrahim Ogoulola
78' Cote d'Ivoire: Parfait Guiagon replaces Bi Kouame-Noel N'guessan
83' Ange-Pacome Gnangbo (Cote d'Ivoire) is cautioned.
83' Benin: Jules Elegbede replaces Jacques Bessan
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS BENIN GOALS
15. Charbel Codjo Gomez (40')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP BENIN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
20'
3
8
Defender
4
4
7
Midfielder
78'
9
13
Midfielder
40'
64'
15
Forward/Striker
27'
58'
16
Midfielder
70'
10
Forward/Striker
32'
15
Midfielder
9
Forward/Striker
46'
14
Forward/Striker
83'
16
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
17
SUBSTITUTIONS
Ange-Pacome Gnangbo
Midfielder
46'
0
Wariss Gbetognon Aboki
Midfielder
51'
14
Badou Diarra
Forward/Striker
58'
17
Komassouni Gaston Houngbedji
Midfielder
70'
11
Parfait Guiagon
Midfielder
78'
9
Jules Elegbede
Forward/Striker
83'
18
CARDS
Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko
Forward/Striker
27'
16
Junior Salomon
Defender
20'
3
Inza Diabate
Forward/Striker
32'
15
Charbel Codjo Gomez
Midfielder
64'
15
Ange-Pacome Gnangbo
Midfielder
83'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury