World Cup-bound Ivory Coast beats El Salvador
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Didier Drogba and Gervinho each had a goal and an assist in World Cup-bound Ivory Coast’s 2-1 victory over El Salvador on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.
Gervinho took a pass from Drogba for a goal in the ninth minute. In the 42nd minute, Gervinho pulled the El Salvador goalkeeper away from the net and passed across to Drogba for his goal.
El Salvador, which did not qualify for the World Cup, scored on Arturo Alvarez’s penalty kick in the 75th minute. Kolo Abib Toure fouled El Salvador’s Darwin Ceren in the penalty area to set up the kick.
Ivory Coast’s Boubacar Barry made the game’s only save, in the second half.
Ivory Coast rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Bosnia-Herzogovina in St. Louis on Friday night. Drogba also scored for Les Elephants in St. Louis.
El Salvador played a conservative defensive style for most of the game. The Central American team unsuccessfully relied on long passes that would have resulted in breakaways for striker Lester Blanco.
Ivory Coast had possession of the ball for 56 percent of the game, and had seven corner kicks to El Salvador’s two.
The 36-year-old Drogba, still recovering from a groin injury, left the game in the 63rd minute.
El Salvador then opened up its attack.
Herbert Sosa had a scoring chance from in front of the net in the 70th minute, but shot over the goal. Soon after, Barry made his save when he punched away Ceren’s shot headed for the left corner of the net.
El Salvador also will play in the final Road to Brazil friendly, against World Cup-bound Spain on Saturday in Landover, Maryland.