Ivory Coast captain Max Gradel celebrates a goal against Equatorial Guinea (Credit: CAF Media)

AFCON 2021 (Group E): Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast registered a 1-0 victory over fellow West Africans Equatorial Guinea in Group E at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on Wednesday night.

Captain Max Gradel scored a beautiful long distance goal past goalkeeper Manuel Sapunga as early as the 5th minute.

Goal by Max Gradel (Credit: Birdie Football)

There was no further goal in the game as the respective defences remained water-tight.

The Elephants are now top of group E following Algeria’s goal-less draw with Sierra Leone on Tuesday.

Group E returns to action on Sunday 16 January 2022 when Equatorial Guinea face the reigning champions Algeria.

On the other hand, Ivory Coast will play Sierra Leone in yet another all West African affair.

Meanwhile, the hosts Cameroon to action on Thursday, January 13, 2022 with a game against CECAFA representatives Ethiopia in group A.

The other game will see Cape Verde take on Burkina Faso during the same group.

Ivory Coast players celebrate their only goal against Equatorial Guinea (Credit: CAF Media)

Team Line Ups:

Equatorial Guinea: Sapunga, Akapo (Meseguer 87’), Obiang, Coco, Ndong, Buyla, Machin, Ganet, Salvador (Siafa 82’), Hanza (Nlavo 64’), Nsue

Ivory Coast: B. Sangare, Maiga, Deli, Bailly, Konan, Seri, Kessie (Die 71’), I. Sangare, Cornet (Zaha 71’), Max Gradel (Pepe 71’), Haller (Kouame 82’)

All Fixtures:

Group A

  • 9 January: Cameroon 2-1 Burkina Faso
  • 9 January: Ethiopia 0-1 Cape Verde
  • 13 January: Cameroon Vs Ethiopia
  • 13 January: Cape Verde Vs Burkina Faso
  • 17 January: Cape Verde Vs Cameroon
  • 17 January: Burkina Faso Vs Ethiopia

Group B:

  • 10 January: Senegal 1-0 Zimbabwe
  • 10 January: Guinea 1-0 Malawi
  • 14 January: Senegal Vs Guinea
  • 14 January: Malawi Vs Zimbabwe
  • 18 January: Malawi Vs Senegal
  • 18 January: Zimbabwe Vs Guinea

Group C:

  • 10 January: Morocco 1-0 Ghana
  • 10 January: Comoros 0-1 Gabon
  • 14 January: Morocco Vs Comoros
  • 14 January: Gabon Vs Ghana
  • 18 January: Gabon Vs Morocco
  • 18 January: Ghana Vs Comoros

Group D:

  • 11 January: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt
  • 11 January: Sudan 0-0 Guinea-Bissau
  • 15 January: Nigeria Vs Sudan
  • 15 January: Guinea-Bissau Vs Egypt
  • 19 January: Guinea-Bissau Vs Nigeria
  • 19 January: Egypt Vs Sudan

Group E:

  • 11 January: Algeria 0-0 Sierra Leone 
  • 12 January: Equatorial Guinea 0-1 Ivory Coast
  • 15 January: Ivory Coast Vs Sierra Leone 
  • 15 January: Algeria Vs Equatorial Guinea
  • 19 January: Ivory Coast Vs Algeria
  • 19 January: Sierra Leone Vs Equatorial Guinea

Group F:

  • 12 January: Tunisia 0-1 Mali
  • 12 January: Mauritania 0-1 Gambia
  • 16 January: Gambia Vs Mali
  • 16 January: Tunisia Vs Mauritania
  • 20 January: Gambia Vs Tunisia
  • 20 January: Mali Vs Mauritania

Knockout schedule:

Round of 16:

  • 23 January: Runner-up Group A Vs Runner-up Group C (1)
  • 23 January: Winner Group D Vs 3rd Group B/E/F (2)
  • 24 January: Runner-up Group B Vs Runner-up Group F (5)
  • 24 January: Winner Group A Vs 3rd Group C/D/E (6)
  • 25 January: Winner Group B Vs 3rd Group A/C/D (3)
  • 25 January: Winner Group C Vs 3rd Group A/B/F (8)
  • 26 January: Winner Group E Vs Runner-up Group D (7)
  • 26 January: Winner Group F Vs Runner-up Group E (4)

Quarter-finals:

  • 29 January: Winners Rof16 1 Vs 2 (QF1)
  • 29 January: Winners Rof16 5 Vs 6 (QF3)
  • 30 January: Winners of Rof16 3 Vs 4 (QF2)
  • 30 January: Winners of Rof16 7 Vs 8 (QF4)

Semi-final:

  • 2 February: Winners of QF 1 Vs 2
  • 3 February: Winners of QF 3 Vs 4

Third-place play-off & Final:

6 February

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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