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Senegal-Cote d'Ivoire Preview: Drogba & Co. aim to seal World Cup spot

14 November 2013 18:06

Senegal have not given up hope of making the World Cup despite their first-leg play-off defeat to Cote d'Ivoire. Alain Giresse saw his men succumb to a 3-1 loss in Abidjan last month but remains confident in their ability to overturn the deficit when the two sides meet again for the second leg in Casablanca on Saturday. Goals from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and a Ludovic Sane own goal put Cote d'Ivoire on the verge of a third consecutive finals appearance, but Papiss Cisse's late consolation has given Senegal a glimmer of hope. The fact that the match is being played in Morocco is likely to make Senegal's task even harder, with the change of venue introduced as punishment for the rioting that took place when the two went head-to-head last year in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Cote d'Ivoire have only lost one competitive game in 2013 - against Nigeria in the Afcon quarter-final - and went through their whole qualifying campaign unbeaten. They will be without midfielders Cheikh Tiote and Geoffroy Serey Die through suspension, while Boka Arthur (groin) and Siaka Tiene (hamstring) are both unavailable to coach Sabri Lamouchi. Senegal have only lost one of their last six matches under Giresse, but since their stadium ban they have won just one game when they have been the nominated home team. That victory, which came against Uganda in Marrakech, helped secure their place in the play-offs and kept alive their hopes of making a second World Cup finals in their history, and first since 2002.

Senegal have no new injury worries but will be without Demba Ba after he was left out by Giresse.

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Competition
WC Qualification Africa
Date
16 November 2013
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
On aggregate
2 - 4
Venue
Stade Mohamed V (Casablanca)
Attendance
15000

Goals

M. Sow (PG) 77'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
90'+4 S. Kalou

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