Late strike rescues Ivory Coast against Mali

Max Gradel struck in the 87th minute to help his side snatch a draw in their Africa Cup of Nations Group D match.

    Mali had led for 80 minutes before the late equaliser [Getty Images]
    Mali had led for 80 minutes before the late equaliser [Getty Images]

    Max Gradel struck with three minutes left as Ivory Coast snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw against neighbours Mali who led for 80 minutes in a bad-tempered African Nations Cup match.

    Gradel slotted home from 12 metres after Serge Aurier's pass was deflected into his path by a defender as the Elephants finally broke Mali's stubborn resistance after dominating the game.

    Bakary Sako scored with a brilliant volley after seven minutes for Mali to leave the Ivorians chasing the game.

    It was the second straight 1-1 draw for both sides in Group D, leaving them with two points apiece.

    Cameroon and Guinea, with one point each, were meeting later on Saturday.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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