A 1-1 draw at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry on Sunday evening was adequate for equally Guinea and Ivory Coast to guide a place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Syli Nationale had secured qualification ahead of the match even kicked off, with the before result amongst Rwanda and Central Africa Republic (a 2-2 draw in Butare) making sure they would finish in the top rated two regardless.
And the Elephants then claimed the similar status – they are a few points obvious of third-put place, but assured to finish ahead of them on head-to-head results ought to the groups conclude amount on points when the qualifiers wrap up in March next 12 months.
Guinea claimed the lead just eleven minutes into the match, with Mohamed Yattara obtaining the better of goalie Sylvain Gbohouo soon after some lousy defence from the site visitors.
Still Ivory Coast responded well to the setback and drew amount in the 21st minute via midfielder Jean Michael Seri, who put aside his struggles at club amount with Fulham to star for the Elephants.
The away side’s midfield triumvirate of Seri, Serey Die and Franck Kessie had been bossing the match and aided to generate several extra half-likelihood, though the score remained locked at 1-1 by the time of the interval.
The next half remained evenly well balanced amongst the groups, but the actuality that a tie would go well with equally seemed to stake any real sting out of the match amongst these West African rivals.
The Elephants would have been hoping for revenge for the defeat they endured at home to Syli Nationale in June very last 12 months, but finished up settling for a worthwhile point on the highway instead.
Guinea (1) 1 (Yattara 11’)
Ivory Coast (1) 1 (Seri 21’)
Guinea: Aly Keita, Sylla, Seka, Falette (Conte 58’), Sankoh, Naby Keita, Camara, Diawara, Kamano (Barry 86’), Kaba, Yattara
Ivory Coast: Gbohouo, Aurier, Gbamin, Kanon, Konan, Kessie (Doukoure 68’), Die, Seri, Gradel, Kodjia, Pepe (Cornet 85’)