Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
Ivory Coast1South Africa0

Africa Cup of Nations 2019: Kodjia fires Ivory Coast past South Africa

Jonathan Kodjia, Ivory Coast
Jonathan Kodjia scored his ninth international goal in Ivory Coast's 1-0 win over South Africa on Monday

Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the game as Ivory Coast edged past South Africa in their opening Group D encounter.

Kodjia latched on to Max Gradel's precise pass before sidefooting through the legs of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.

Nicolas Pepe struck the woodwork in the first half, while Thulani Hlatshwayo headed inches over the bar for South Africa with the score still goalless.

Morocco defeated Namibia 1-0 in Sunday's Group D opener.

Ivory Coast - who left Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha on the bench in Cairo - enjoyed the better of the openings and would have been disappointed not to go into half-time with a narrow lead.

Forward Pepe, who scored 23 goals in 41 appearances for Ligue 1 runners-up Lille last season, rattled the crossbar with a curling free-kick after being tripped on the edge of the penalty area.

Kodjia should have put the Elephants ahead moments later after latching on to Hlatshwayo's poor clearance, but the 29-year-old fired straight at Williams with the goal gaping.

Hlatshwayo missed Bafana Bafana's best chance, heading Sifiso Hlanti's cross wide of the mark at 0-0, while Williams tipped another goal-bound Pepe free-kick over the bar late on.

Ibrahim Kamara's side take on Morocco in their next Group D game on Friday (18:00 BST), while South Africa face Namibia later that day (21:00 BST).

Analysis

By BBC Africa's Nick Cavell

The big surprise of the first half was that Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was only on the bench. His guile and tricky runs could have helped the Elephants create more chances than the two they had.

In the end, it was veteran Max Gradel whose experience led to the only goal. Zaha did come on and showed a few moments of trickery but was unable to make a scoring impact.

South Africa managed to put together a few pressing moves on the counter-attack but the movement seemed more lateral than forward.

They tried to take advantage of set pieces when they could but with Serge Aurier marshalling the Ivory Coast defence they held firm.

Line-ups

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 17Aurier
  • 6Traoré
  • 5KanonBooked at 61mins
  • 2CoulibalySubstituted forDoumbiaat 87'minutes
  • 20Dié
  • 8Kessié
  • 19Pepe
  • 10SeriBooked at 40minsSubstituted forZahaat 69'minutes
  • 15GradelBooked at 57minsSubstituted forCornetat 87'minutes
  • 14Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 1Tape
  • 3Doumbia
  • 4Gbamin
  • 7Angban
  • 9Zaha
  • 11Cornet
  • 12Bony
  • 13Assalé
  • 21Comara
  • 22Bagayoko
  • 23Sangaré

South Africa

  • 22Williams
  • 5Mkhize
  • 14Hlatshwayo
  • 2Mkhwanazi
  • 18Hlanti
  • 7MaboeSubstituted forVilakaziat 75'minutes
  • 15Furman
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 11Zwane
  • 9MothibaBooked at 23minsSubstituted forVeldwijkat 82'minutes
  • 19Tau

Substitutes

  • 1Keet
  • 3Maela
  • 4Cardoso
  • 6Mphahlele
  • 8Zungu
  • 10Serero
  • 13Mabunda
  • 16Bvuma
  • 17Vilakazi
  • 20Kekana
  • 21Veldwijk
  • 23Lorch
Referee:
Mustapha Ghorbal
Attendance:
4,961

Match Stats

Home TeamIvory CoastAway TeamSouth Africa
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away2
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home24
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Côte d'Ivoire 1, South Africa 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Côte d'Ivoire 1, South Africa 0.

Sfiso Hlanti (South Africa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Côte d'Ivoire).

Attempt missed. Sibusiso Vilakazi (South Africa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lars Veldwijk with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Thamsanqa Mkhize (South Africa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire).

Foul by Lars Veldwijk (South Africa).

Ismael Traoré (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Serey Dié (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Kodjia.

Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Ronwen Williams.

Attempt saved. Nicolas Pepe (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Buhle Mkhwanazi (South Africa).

Nicolas Pepe (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Maxwel Cornet replaces Max-Alain Gradel because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Souleyman Doumbia replaces Wonlo Coulibaly.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Max-Alain Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire).

Hand ball by Percy Tau (South Africa).

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Lars Veldwijk replaces Lebo Mothiba.

Foul by Thamsanqa Mkhize (South Africa).

Jonathan Kodjia (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Themba Zwane (South Africa).

Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Percy Tau (South Africa).

Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Percy Tau (South Africa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Sibusiso Vilakazi (South Africa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Serey Dié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, South Africa. Sibusiso Vilakazi replaces Lebohang Maboe.

Delay in match because of an injury Wonlo Coulibaly (Côte d'Ivoire).

Thamsanqa Mkhize (South Africa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire).

Foul by Percy Tau (South Africa).

Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lebohang Maboe (South Africa).

Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Uganda11002023
2Egypt11001013
3Zimbabwe100101-10
4DR Congo100102-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria11001013
2Guinea10102201
3Madagascar10102201
4Burundi100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria11002023
2Senegal11002023
3Kenya100102-20
4Tanzania100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast11001013
2Morocco11001013
3Namibia100101-10
4South Africa100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali11004133
2Angola10101101
3Tunisia10101101
4Mauritania100114-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Benin00000000
2Cameroon00000000
3Ghana00000000
4Guinea-Bissau00000000
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