Didier DrogbaÃ‚Â scored asÃ‚Â CÃƒÂ´te d’IvoireÃ‚Â overcameÃ‚Â SenegalÃ‚Â 3-1 in Abidjan Saturday to boost hopes of a third consecutive World Cup appearance.
The 35-year-old striker converted a penalty after five minutes at Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Lamine Sane conceded an own goal andÃ‚Â Salomon KalouÃ‚Â netted soon after half-time.
ButÃ‚Â Papiss CisseÃ‚Â pulled one goal back six minutes into stoppage time after the ball slipped from the grasp of goalkeeperÃ‚Â Boubacar Barry.Ã‚Â Turkey-based Drogba put the Ivorians ahead afterÃ‚Â Cheikhou KouyateÃ‚Â fouledÃ‚Â Gervinho, whose cross nine minutes later was turned into his own net by Sane.
Roma wide manÃ‚Â GervinhoÃ‚Â was also involved in the third goal, sending Kalou through the middle to beat Bouna Coundoul at his near post.
Bance bounces back
Aristide BanceÃ‚Â converted a late penalty to giveÃ‚Â Burkina FasoÃ‚Â a 3-2 home win overÃ‚Â AlgeriaÃ‚Â Saturday in the first leg of their FIFA World CupÃ¢â€žÂ¢ play-off.
AlgeriaÃ‚Â hostÃ‚Â Burkina FasoÃ‚Â on November 19 in the return match and the overall winners qualify for Brazil 2014. The home team suffered an early blow when defenderÃ‚Â Bakary KoneÃ‚Â was forced to retire with a thigh injury andÃ‚Â Steeve YagoÃ‚Â came on.
But as the opening half passed the half hour, 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations starÃ‚Â Jonathan Pitroipabegan to stamp his authority on a game needing a lift. He won a penalty as the first half drew to a close whenÃ‚Â Essaid BelkalemÃ‚Â from English second-tier club Watford floored him with a wild tackle.
ButÃ‚Â Adi MbolhiÃ‚Â dived left to make a two-hand save from a hard Bance kick. However, the Burkinabe did take the lead two minutes into stoppage time as Pitroipa met a Jean-Noel Lingani cross and his header landed in the far corner.
AlgeriaÃ‚Â began the second half strongly and were level on 50 minutes whenÃ‚Â Sofiane FeghouliÃ‚Â fired pastDaouda DiakiteÃ‚Â from close range afterÃ‚Â Islam SlimaniÃ‚Â set him up. The cagey play of the early stages had given way to more adventurous football from both teams andÃ‚Â Burkina FasoÃ‚Â andÃ‚Â AlgeriaÃ‚Â scored again within five minutes.
Djakaridja KoneÃ‚Â put the Stallions ahead once more by powering forward from midfield and firing wide of Mbolhi into the far corner. But a flyingÃ‚Â Carl MedjaniÃ‚Â header off a corner gave Diakite no chance and the teams remained level until Bance atoned for his earlier penalty miss.
Ethiopia play Nigeria and Tunisia meet Cameroon Sunday and Ghana face Egypt Tuesday and the five overall winners qualify for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
Original article appeared on FIFA.com