• Ivory Coast trample over Burkinabes to seal quarters place

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  • Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou celebrates after scoring for his team in their 2-0 win over Burkina Faso. (Photo Courtesy CAF)Ivory Coast Salomon Kalou celebrates after scoring for his team in their 2-0 win over Burkina Faso. (Photo Courtesy CAF)
Jan 27, 2012-

Ivory Coast joined co-hosts Equatorial Guinea at the last eight of the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations after a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Thursday in Malabo.

Whilst the 1992 champions are certain of a place at the knockout stage of the competition courtesy the result, it leaves the Burkinabes crashing, being their second successive loss.

Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou gave the Ivorians the lead on 16 minutes before an own-goal by Bakary Kone ensured the Elephants live up to their billing of pre-tournament favourites. 

Though not a very remarkable performance from the Didier Drogba-led side, they did the most important thing by ensuring the maximum points remained in their custody.

Interestingly, it was Burkina Faso, who made the first attempt at goal as early as the fifth minute but Jonathan Pitroipa appeared to have been impeded in the penalty area. The return of Didier Zokora at the heart of the Ivorian backline brought balance at the back.

During one of their early raids into the half of the Stallions, Kalou latched onto a pass from long pass from Yaya Toure before volleying past Burkina Faso goalie Daouda Diakite for the opener. In response, youngster Alain Traore was gifted with chances minutes later but his efforts were no problems for Ivorian goalie Barry Boubacar.

Drogba and strike-partner Gervinho made inroads upfront but were not unsuccessful in their quest to increase the tally.

As the Burkinabes fought on, Kone headed in seemingly harmless free-kick by Arthur Boka’s free-kick into his net eight minutes from time to seal victory for the Ivorians.

Ivory Coast leads the pack in Group B with six points, two more than Angola whilst Sudan has one point with Burkina Faso in the order with no point.  



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    12/02/2012Cote d'ivoire 0-0 (7-8 pen.) Zambia   
    Semi finals:
    08/02/2012 Ghana     0 - 1Zambia   
    08/02/2012  Mali     0 - 1Cote d'Ivoire    
    Quarter finals:
    04/02/2012  Sudan0 - 3Zambia   
    04/02/2012  E.Guinea3 - 0Cote d'Ivoire    
    05/02/2012  Gabon4-5(Pen)Mali   
    05/02/2012  Ghana2-1(ET)Tunisia  
     21/01/2012  E.Guinea1 - 0Libya    
    21/01/2012  Senegal1 - 2Zambia    
    25/01/2012  Libya2 - 2Zambia    
    25/01/2012  E.Guinea2 - 1Senegal    
     29/01/2012  E.Guinea0 - 1Zambia    
     29/01/2012  Libya2 - 1Senegal    
    22/01/2012  Cote d'Ivoire1 - 0Sudan    
    22/01/2012  Burkina Faso1 - 2Angola    
    26/01/2012  Sudan2 - 2Angola    
    26/01/2012  Cote d'Ivoire2 - 0Burkina Faso    
    30/01/2012  Sudan2 - 1Burkina Faso    
     30/01/2012  Cote d'Ivoire2 - 0Angola    
    23/01/2012  Gabon2 - 0Niger    
     23/01/2012  Morocco1 - 2Tunisia    
    27/01/2012  Niger1 - 2Tunisia    
    27/01/2012  Gabon3 - 2Morocco    
    31/01/2012  Gabon1 - 0 Tunisia    
    31/01/2012  Niger0 - 1Morocco    
     24/01/2012  Ghana1 - 0Botswana    
     24/01/2012  Mali1 - 0Guinea    
    28/01/2012  Botswana1 - 6Guinea    
    28/01/2012  Ghana2 - 0Mali    
    01/02/2012  Botswana1- 2Mali    
    01/02/2012  Ghana1- 1Guinea    
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