Kodjia’s Strike Fires Ivory Coast Past South Africa

By Daily Sports on June 25, 2019

Views: 186

Ivory Coast defeated South Africa 1-0 in their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D match at the Al Salam Stadium in Egypt on Monday afternoon.

The Elephants were the better side in the opening stages, but it was Bafana Bafana, who threatened first through Thulani Hlatshwayo.

The South Africa captain connected with Kamohelo Mokotjo's cross which was well-saved by Sylvain Gbohouo in Ivory Coast goal-posts in the 19th minute.

Ivory Coast were awarded a free-kick in a promising area following a period of sustained pressure.

Nicolas Pepe then stepped up and hit the crossbar with Ronwen Williams well-beaten in South Africa goal-posts just before the half-hour mark. 

The momentum was with the Elephants and Jonathan Kodjia was sent through on goal in the 32nd minute with the Bafana defence exposed.

However, Williams produced a great save to deny the Aston Villa player from a one-on-one situation as the shot-stopper kept the Ivorians at bay.

Ivory Coast and South Africa were locked at 0-0 at the interval. 

Both teams launched attacks after the restart as they looked to open the scoring in the first 15 minutes of the second-half, but they were struggling to create clear-cut chances.

The deadlock was broken in the 65th minute after the South Africa defence was exposed and they were punished by Kodjia.

The experienced marksman found himself in a one-on-one situation with Williams and he beat the SuperSport United player with a low shot to make it 1-0 to Ivory Coast.

South Africa had to find a way to penetrate the Ivory Coast defence and level matters in the remaining minutes of the game.

Attack-minded duo Sibusiso Vilakazi and Lars Veldwijk were both introduced by Bafana coach Stuart Baxter with time running out. 

However, the Elephants did not sit back and defend their slender lead as they pushed forward, and they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area.

Pepe stepped up and unleashed a powerful shot which was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Williams in the last minute of the match. 

South Africa then launched late attacks, but Ivory Coast stood firm at the back in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, the Elephants secured a 1-0 victory over Bafana. (African Football)

•Photo shows Ivory Coast players 

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 25, 2019


 

You may also like...
3SC to unveil Agoye as new coach next...

Like Ali, like Usain Bolt: Lord Coe

Tevez expected back in China

Tiger Woods, Ernie Els Cup captains

Salah now in Emery’s top five after PSG...

CAF Champions League: Sundowns’re African champions

 

Latest News Breaking News: Super Eagles Shoot Down Tunisia as Nigeria Win 2019 AFCON Bronze No Plan to Sack Super Eagles’ Coach, Says Pinnick Nigeria Set to Battle Tunisia for AFCON Bronze CAF Announces New Format for 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Volleyball Premier League: Nigeria Police Detains Immigration Super Eagles Need Better Goalkeeper, Says Tunde Disu Seedorf Sacked as Cameroon Coach Arsenal Closing In on Real Madrid Dani Ceballos Leipzig Set to Sign Ademola Lookman from Everton Juventus Join Man City and Inter in the Race to Sign Dani Alves Chelsea Do Not Require New Players to Be Successful — Lampard PSG to Demand €222m+ for Neymar, Not Interested in Coutinho

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (45,634 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (37,679 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (36,283 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (35,874 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (34,864 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (34,783 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (34,144 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (33,886 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (33,543 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (32,814 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (30,711 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (30,636 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (290) Basketball (174) Boxing (556) Columnists (458) Euro Soccer Update (5107) Fans Assembly (3) From the Grassroots (46) Golf (74) Interviews (14) Live Commentary (4) News (5258) NPL Glo Premier League (1030) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (6) Tennis (573)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media