Senegal vs Côte d'Ivoire
17 November 2013 03:00 MYT 17/11/2013 3:00:00 AM MYT
Ref: D. Haïmoudi
Stade Mohamed V
Attendance: 15,000
  • M. Sow (pen) 77'
(Aggr 2-4)
Côte d'Ivoire
  • S. Kalou 90'+4
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Senegal 1-1 Cote d'Ivoire (2-4 on agg.): Last-gasp Kalou seals spot in World Cup finals

Moussa Sow's second-half penalty was not enough to overturn the first-leg deficit as Sabri Lamouchi's side sealed qualification for Brazil 2014 with a late strike

A second-half penalty from substitute Moussa Sow was not enoughfor Senegal as Salomon Kalou secured Cote d'Ivoire's place at theWorld Cup with a late equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw.

Sabri Lamouchi's side headed into Saturday's game having eased to acomfortable 3-1 win in the first leg last month, although Senegalstill had half a chance by virtue of their away goal.

The Elephants completed the job with a solid performance, althoughthey were pushed hard before finally confirming a 4-2 aggregatevictory.

The second leg was played at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca asSenegal lost home advantage as punishment for crowd trouble in anAfrica Cup of Nations play-off tie between the two sides back inOctober 2012.

However, that did not appear to affect them, and they dictated playfor the majority of the game as they looked to qualify for theWorld Cup finals for the first time since 2002.

For all their pressure, it took Senegal until the 77th minute tomake the breakthrough, with Sow's penalty giving Alain Giresse'sside brief hope.

But the crucial second goal did not arrive, and their hopes werefinally killed off when Kalou struck in injury time to send Coted'Ivoire to next year's finals in Brazil.

Senegal coach Giresse made five changes to the side that lost thefirst leg, with midfielders Salif Sane and Sadio Mane among thoseto come into the side as the likes of Sow and Mohamed Diame droppedto the bench.

Cheick Tiote and Geoffrey Serey Die both missed out due tosuspension for Ivory Coast, who maintained a front three ofGervinho, Kalou and Didier Drgoba.

Giresse's men made the better start, but it took them until the14th minute to create the game's first real chance as NewcastleUnited striker Papiss Cisse saw his goalbound header hooked away byDrogba.

Cote d'Ivoire continued to defend well despite sustained pressurefrom Senegal, who were reduced to largely speculative efforts fromrange in what was a frustrating first half from theirperspective.

Senegal pressed forward with renewed energy after the interval, andCisse was involved again as he broke through on goal following somepoor defending, only for Boubacar Barry to block his close-rangeeffort with his feet.

Lamouchi's side struggled to get a foothold in the game throughout,and they were continually grateful for Senegal's profligacy, whichwas showcased agains as Dame N'Doye curled a free kick wide fromthe edge of the area.

However, 13 minutes from time Giresse's men were offered a lifelinewhen Drogba pulled down Mane in the area, allowing Sow to step upand convert from the spot.

Senegal failed to create further momentum, though, and they werecaught on the counter in the final minute of injury time, Kalousteering home to send the Elephants to their third consecutiveWorld Cup.

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