Ivory Coast’s team beat Cameroon 2-1 in Group D to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on September 6, 2021 in Ebimpé. A success that places the Ivorians at the top of the rankings, ahead of the Cameroonians.
The shock of this second day in African qualifiers for WC 2022 of football turned to the advantage of Ivory Coast. The team led by the Frenchman Patrice Beaumelle has certainly not been constant against Cameroon by the Portuguese Toni Conceiçao, on September 6, 2021 in Ebimpé. But she was enterprising and successful enough to secure this valuable victory in qualifier D in the qualifiers.
In front of the few thousand authorized spectators and on a mediocre lawn, the Ivorians take the lead in the 20th minute, thanks to a penalty from Sébastien Haller. The attacker used a free kick that was deflected by Cameroon Vincent Aboubakar’s arm to sanction the visitors (1-0).
Haller then received a pass, delivered by Jean Evrard Kouassi. The midfielder passes a shot and doubles the effort: 2-0, 29th.
Ivorians withdraw too much Although they remain dangerous, the elephants withdraw too much during the second half. This allows the indomitable Lions to get back into the game, thanks to a penalty that sanctions a foot lifted too hard by Eric Bailly in his penalty area. Nicolas Ngamaleu reduced the lead: 2-1, 63rd.
Patrice Beaumelle then multiplies the changes to breathe new life into her team. These adjustments seem to bear fruit when the meeting rebalances itself. Jean Michaël Seri even sends the ball to the crossbar, on a free kick (74th). Finally, Christian Kouamé wastes a counterattack balloon with a losing duel against the opposing goalkeeper, Devis Epassy (86th).
The Ivorians have three points that allow them to take first place in Group D ahead of Cameroon, pending the match between Malawi and Mozambique scheduled for September 7, 2021.
►To (re) read: WC 2022: qualification schedule and results in Africa