2022 AFRICA CUP - GROUP E - DAY 04 - Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast 0:1
Gradel scored for Ivory Coast (5'minutes)
Ivory Coast captain Max Gradel scored a spectacular winner as the Elephants narrowly beat Equatorial Guinea 1:0 in their Africa Cup of Nations opener.
Ex-Bournemouth and Leeds forward Gradel lashed the two-time champions ahead from 20 yards with the outside of his right foot just five minutes in.
Equatorial Guinea had chances to level but Iban Salvador sliced their best one horribly wide from seven yards.
Badra Ali Sangare later saved from Emilio Nsue as Ivory Coast held out.
Patrice Beaumelle's side go top of Group E after defending champions Algeria drew with Sierra Leone on Tuesday.