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Burkina Faso hold favourites Cote D'Ivoire to goaless draw

Last Updated: 1/17/2010 9:54:13 AM

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The opening game of African Nations Cup 2010 Group B saw favourites Cote d'Ivoire are held to a goalless draw by neighbours Burkina Faso as the Ivorians fail to make their domination of the match count.....


CIV Burkina Faso in goalless draw
CIV Burkina Faso in goalless draw

In the opening game of the Group B , one of the tournament's favourites, Cote d'Ivoire, were left ruing missed opportunities as they were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Burkina Faso.

The main culprit was Emmanuel Kone who missed several chances as the Ivoiriens, who had an early penalty appeal turned down, dominated the game throughout.

The best chance came in the 68th minute when Kone dragged an easy chance wide, leaving Didier Drogba and his team-mates now needing to beat Ghana to progress past the group stages.

Burkina Faso parked the proverbial bus in their defence as they defended deeply for much of the game, only venturing forward on the rare counter-attack, and failed to register a shot on goal in the first half.

Their only chance in the first period arose from a committed run and cross from Jonathan Pitroipa - but the ball was scrambled out of harm's way by the Ivoirien defence.



The closing stages saw Cote d'Ivoire continue to lay an onslaught on the Burkinabe goal , but pressure failed to break down a determined Burkinabe defence.

Former BBC African Footballer of the Year Didier Drogba set up the Elephants' best chance of the first half, deftly playing through Emmanuel Kone who directed his shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Earlier, Kone headed a decent chance wide after a whipped cross from the impressive Gervinho 16 minutes in.

The Ivoiriens will have felt hard done by in the 20th minute when the referee denied Drogba a penalty when Mamadou Tall tripped him in the penalty area.



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