Ivory Coast comes from behind to draw with Algeria

Ivory Coast vs Algeria (Getty Images)
Ivory Coast vs Algeria (Getty Images)

Group D winners Ivory Coast rescued a draw against Algeria to maintain their unbeaten record in the Nations Cup.

Algeria, eliminated before the match, missed a first-half penalty through Ryad Boudebouz but Sofiane Feghouli scored from a second spot-kick.

Substitute Feghouli then crossed for Hilal Soudani to power home a header to make it 2-0 before Didier Drogba nodded in superbly to halve the deficit.

A deflected Wilfried Bony shot completed the Ivorians’ comeback.

It was a fightback that had looked in doubt as a reserve Ivory Coast side only raised their game once they went behind.

With their quarter-final place already booked, having won the group before the game, Ivory Coast made wholesale changes to their team.

And it appeared to play into the Algerians’ hands, who themselves were playing for pride having lost 1-0 to Tunisia and 2-0 to Togo, meaning they could not progress from the group. Read more