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Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho reacts after being sent off during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Ivory Coast and Guinea in Malabo

Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho reacts after being sent off during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Ivory Coast and Guinea in Malabo

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Ivory Coast's forward Gervinho reacts after being sent off during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Ivory Coast and Guinea in Malabo

Gervinho was given a sensational red card in the 58th minute of Ivory Coast's 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw with Guinea for appearing to strike Naby Keita with the palm of his hand, dropping the midfielder to the ground.

The former Arsenal winger, who now plays his club football for Roma in Serie A, then seemed to reenact the incident to referee Mehdi Abid-Charef after receiving his marching orders, falling to the ground himself in dramatic fashion.

It was Gervinho's first red card for club or country since August 2011, when he was dismissed on his Arsenal debut against Newcastle for clashing with Joey Barton.

Mohamed Yattara stunned Ivory Coast, who are ranked Africa's third-best side behind Algeria and Tunisia, with his 36th-minute volley in today's draw before the favourites saw striker Gervinho sent off for hitting Keita.

Watch Gervino's moment of madness here:

Second-half substitute Seydou Doumbia gave the subdued crowd something to cheer about with his 72nd-minute equaliser, but with a man down, Ivory Coast were unable to go on and claim the win.

Ivory Coast boasted Premier League stars Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Cheick Tiote, Roma striker Gervinho and former Chelsea frontman Salomon Kalou in their starting line-up and were expected to claim a comfortable victory against Guinea.

Here is Gervino's dramatic reaction to the red card:

 

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