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HomeSportsIvory Coast cruise past Equitorial Guinea.

Ivory Coast cruise past Equitorial Guinea.

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Ivory Coast captain Max Gradel scored a spectacular winner as thy narrowly beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations opener.

Former Leeds striker Gradel scored for his side from 20 yards with the outside of his right foot just five minutes into the game.

Equatorial Guinea came close to an equalizer but Iban Salvador sliced their best one horribly wide from seven yards.

Ivory Coast Goal Keeper Badra Ali Sangare later saved a shot from Emilio Nsue to keep Equitorial Guinea out.

Ivory Coast side go top of Group E after defending champions Algeria drew with Sierra Leone on Tuesday.

Ivory Coast face Sierra Leone in their second game on Sunday, while Equatorial Guinea take on Algeria later that evening. 

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