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Match report: Togo hold favorites Ivory Coast to draw

Match report: Togo hold favorites Ivory Coast to draw

Defending champions Ivory Coast were unable to find a way past Togo in their opening Group C match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The two sides drew 0-0 in what could be tagged a drab affair.

Match report: Togo hold favorites Ivory Coast to draw

Man Utd's Eric Bailly (left) looks on as Togo nod a set piece clear

ivory Coast's Jonathan Kodjia's toe-poke was well stopped at close range by Togo goalkeeper Kossi Agassa while at the other end Sylvain Gbohouo rushed out of his goal to save smartly at the feet of Mathieu Dossevi.

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Late on, Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier headed wide from an unmarked position in a rare clear-cut chance.

Both teams looked like they were being cautious about not wanting to lose than risking it to grab a goal.

Match report: Togo hold favorites Ivory Coast to draw

ivory Coast's Kanon (left) in action against Adebayor

Wilfried Zaha, making his competitive debut for Ivory Coast after switching international allegiance from England, looked looked lively as he constantly switched wings regularly.

On one occasion he cut in off the right to send a shot just over and later ended a good run from the left with an effort that was well blocked.

Both sides were guilty of wasting numerous set-piece opportunities. Togo's corners left a lot to be desired, while Ivory Coast fared no better from a series of free-kicks.

Aurier should have snatched a winner for the Elephants but nodded wide from six yards.

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