Ivory Coast beats Malawi and remains on the pole


Ivory Coast’s team beat Malawi 2-1 in Group D in the African Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on 11 October 2021 in Cotonou (Benin). Thanks to this short success, the Ivorians (10 points) are at the top of the standings ahead of Cameroon (9 points) before the last two days planned between 11 and 16 November.

It is truly a duel between Ivory Coast and Cameroon that we will take part in the qualifiers for WC 2022 of football. The Ivorians dismissed the Malawians three hours after the Cameroonians did the same to the Mozambicans on October 11, 2021.

Defeated by the elephants and the indomitable lions, Malawi and Mozambique are truly out of the race to win first place in Group D, synonymous with a ticket to the final round of these African qualifiers.

A Serge Aurier in great difficulty But Malawi could have left Cotonou – where the Ivorians were forced into exile, due to lack of an approved stadium – with a better result. Because, if Nicolas Pépé opened the scoring in the second minute thanks to poor control by Charles Petro (1-0), Patrice Beaumelle’s players also multiplied the failures. Especially their captain, Serge Aurier, replaced during the break.

The defender – lacking competition because without a club until he recently signed in Villarreal – dropped a ball in the shoulder. This allowed Khuda Muyaba to equalize with a low to the ground cross strike (1-1, 20th). The right side almost dribbled past his own keeper Sylvain Gbohouo but prevented the Flames from doubling the lead in front of goal (38 ‘).

Far from being imperial, the West Africans got away with it in the second period thanks to a penalty that the lineman signaled for a foul against Gervinho. In or outside the opponent’s penalty area? Franck Kessié does not ask a question and sends the ball into the left roof window: 2-1, 66th.

This result allows the Ivorian team to take the lead for Group D by 10 points, just ahead of Cameroon (9 points), before taking on the Mozambicans (5th day) and moving to Cameroon (6th day) in November.

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