• 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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