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Drogba's Ivorians held by Faso

Tournament favourites Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw by a stubborn Burkina Faso in their opening Group B match at the Estadio do Cabinda.

Vahid Halilhodzic's team dominated possession but could not find the cutting edge to break down a determined Burkinabe defence despite an impressive frontline of Didier Drogba, Bakari Kone and Gervinho.

Chelsea striker Drogba had an early shout for a penalty after a sliding challenge from Paul Koulibaly, but the appeals were rejected.

Chelsea's Salomon Kalou and Portsmouth's Aruna Dindane were introduced off the bench by Ivory Coast in the second half. Drogba was brought down on the edge of the box 17 minutes from time but the free-kick came to nothing.

The Chelsea frontman did test Diakite in the 85th minute but the keeper was equal to his snap-shot.

Malawi stunned Algeria 3-0 at a near-deserted November 11 stadium. Algeria were 2-0 down by half-time thanks to goals from Russell Mwafulirwa and Elvis Kafoteka. Davi Banda added a third after 49 minutes.


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