TUE 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, 18:00 , CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM

0 Senegal
VS
0 Cote d'Ivoire

Senegal, Ivory Coast set for heavyweight battle

Senegal, Ivory Coast set for heavyweight battle
Moussa Kalilou Djitte of Senegal celebrates goal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Benin at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 17 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 19:47

Senegal and Ivory Coast will battle for a place in the semifinals of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations when they meet at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, kick-off at 18h00 local time.

Senegal have had a mixed time of things in Group B thus far, suffering a surprise 2-1 loss to Niger in their opener before bouncing back with a resounding 4-0 win over Benin on Sunday night.

The result leaves the Teranga Lions in second place on three points and with a strong goal difference of plus three. As a result, they need only a draw from this match to secure qualification for the semifinals.

The Ivory Coast, in contrast, simply have to win. The Elephants are on one point from two matches after following up a surprise 1-0 loss to Benin with a goalless draw against Niger on Sunday.

The Elephants have yet to net a goal at the WAFU tournament (they advanced through the last 16 on penalties after drawing 0-0 with Togo) and must find their scoring boots if they are to have any hope of claiming a semifinal berth.

“About our goal scoring problem, we played three matches and we are taking it match after match,” admitted assistant coach Dimy Stephane.

"In our fourth match [against Senegal], I'm sure that we will work together and do something. The players I have are too young and they lack experience, so we can't ask them to do more."

Ivory Coast and Senegal have met in 18 previous matches, according to FIFA statistics. The Elephants have claimed 11wins - compared to four for the Teranga Lions - and outscored their opponents 23 goals to 13 in the process.

Ivory Coast v Senegal, head-to-head

Matches played 18
Ivory Coast wins 11
Senegal wins 4
Draws 3
Ivory Coast goals 23
Senegal goals 13

Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire crash out of WAFU

Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire crash out of WAFU
Jimoh Sherif Olatunde of Ivory Coast challenged by Assane Mbodj of Senegal during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Senegal and Ivory Coast at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 19 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017. 22:24

Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire only have themselves to blame after crashing out of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations following their goalless draw in their final Group B game at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 19.

Senegal came out the blocks firing and created the first chance on goal in the opening minute when Assane Mbodji met a cross from the right, showing good skill to bring it under control before shooting wide from 14-yards out.

The action quickly switched to the other end of the field when Ivorian Babou Diarra saw his powerful long range free-kick brilliantly saved by the keeper in the fifth minute.

The next opportunity in front of goal only came in the 25th minute when Daouda Dieme cut into the Cote d’Ivoire box from the left flank, beating two defenders before firing inches wide.

On the half hour mark the Elephants tried their luck from distance again, this time Fulgence Aka Essis with a stinging 30-yard effort which was superbly saved by Pape Diatta Ndiaye.

The last chance of the opening stanza fell to Senegal in the 40th minute when Daouda Dieme created more chaos down the left flank as he worked his way into the box again, but he saw his 14-yard shot tipped around the post by an acrobatic Ivorian keeper.

The half ended 0-0.

The start of the second half started slowly with the first effort on goal only coming on the hour mark when Cote d’Ivoire’s Willie Britto let loose with a 24-yard pile-driver, but his attempt was well-saved.

Seven minutes later it was Senegal’s chance to try break the deadlock from distance with captain Jean Remi Bocande’s thunderbolt stinging the hands of the Elephants keeper.

In the 77th minute Renardo Gonazo should have given the Teranga Lions the lead when he met a corner with a strong header, but under no pressure his attempt shaved the wrong side of the upright.

Both teams pushed hard for a winner in the final ten minutes, but neither could find a goal as they settled for a share of the spoils.

The result sees them both exit the tournament as Cote d’Ivoire occupy bottom place in Group B with two points while Senegal are third on four points, the same as Niger but who are below them because of their head-to-head in the competition.

Benin progress as group leaders with six points after beating Niger 2-1.

Senegal (0) 0
Cote d’Ivoire (0) 0

Teams

Senegal coach: Moustapha Seck

Senegal: 16. P Ndiaye, 4. Matar Kante, 3.Kane , 9. Diene, 5. Mendy (12. Mamadou 80’), 11. Dieme, 6. Oumar, 13. Bocande, 17. Badiane, 22. Mbodj, 18. A Ndiaye (10. Marone 65’).

Cote d’Ivoire coach: Ibrahima Kamara

Cote d’Ivoire: 1. Ble Zadi, 2. Britto, 4. Ouattara, 13. Konan, 14. Jimoh, 8. Diarra (12. Cissoko 89), 3. Gonazo (15. N’Guessan 63’), 10. Diabate, 5. Aka Essis, 9. Bi N’Guessan (11. Guiagon 72’), 7. Gnangbo.

Starting Lineup

Senegal : Oumar Elimane, Ablaye Diene, Matar Kante, Amadou Dia Ndiaye, Mohamed Kane, Amadou Erasme Badiane, Arial Benabent Mendy, Pape Diatta Ndiaye, Daouda Gueye Dieme, Assane Mbodj, Jean Remi Bocande

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, Ange-Pacome Gnangbo, Badou Diarra, Inza Diabate, Renardo Gonazo Bi Ya Thomas

Live Commentary

1' The match is underway!
13' Jean Remi Bocande (Senegal) is cautioned.
43' Amadou Dia Ndiaye (Senegal) is cautioned.
45 + 1' The referee brings the first half to an end.
46' The second half is underway
53' Mohamed Kane (Senegal) is cautioned.
63' Cote d'Ivoire: Privat Gilles N'guessan replaces Renardo Gonazo Bi Ya Thomas
65' Senegal: Moussa Marone replaces Amadou Dia Ndiaye
72' Cote d'Ivoire: Parfait Guiagon replaces Bi Kouame-Noel N'guessan
80' Senegal: Mamadou El Fadel Barry replaces Arial Benabent Mendy
89' Cote d'Ivoire: Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko replaces Badou Diarra
90 + 3' The referee blows the whistle for Full Time.

Match Statistics

MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE CAPE COAST SPORTS STADIUM
SENEGAL GOALS COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
SENEGAL STARTING LINEUP COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP
Defender
6
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
43'
65'
0
0
Midfielder
80'
0
4
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
72'
9
Midfielder
13'
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
89'
17
Midfielder
53'
0
Forward/Striker
15
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
63'
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
Moussa Marone
Midfielder
65'
0
Privat Gilles N'guessan
Midfielder
63'
6
Mamadou El Fadel Barry
Midfielder
80'
0
Parfait Guiagon
Midfielder
72'
9
Abdoul Karim Mory Cissoko
Forward/Striker
89'
16
CARDS
Jean Remi Bocande
Midfielder
13'
0
Amadou Dia Ndiaye
Midfielder
43'
0
Mohamed Kane
Midfielder
53'
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