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Senegal vs Ivory Coast, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

Who will be the next team in Africa to join Nigeria in next summer’s World Cup? After Nigeria’s victory earlier today against Ethiopia, an even bigger match is set for today with two African giants — Senegal and Ivory Coast — battling it out to see who will stay home and who will go to Brazil.

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Ivory Coast holds many of the same advantages that Nigeria does, and while Senegal has more ability than Ethiopia, the Ivory Coast takes a 3-1 lead into the second leg.

Senegal did pull a goal back through Papiss Cisse in stoppage time in the first leg, which gave The Lions a lifeline and a crucial away goal. Still, Senegal has some dissension in the ranks, mostly courtesy of the coach’s decision not to call in players who do not play regularly for their clubs – meaning some big names, like Chelsea’s Demba Ba, have missed out.

The Ivory Coast, once Africa’s great hope, is trying to get to Brazil to make a last run with their golden generation. In the last two tournaments, Ivory Coast have been drawn in the group of death. Perhaps they’re due for some luck.

Before, during or after today’s World Cup playoff, join the conversation in the comments section below.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Ivan

    November 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Saw bits and pieces of the game yesterday…Ivory Coast did no convince, they looked old and tired…agreed w/ the comment above that Senegal would have been a very competitive side next summer, too bad!

    • Pakapala

      November 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Yesterday Cote d’Ivoire were playing for a draw. So looking at that one game to find out how convincing they are is unfair. It’s Senegal that needed to win tomorrow’s game and they played that way.

      • Pakapala

        November 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

        yesterday’s game

  2. Matt

    November 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Would have much rather seen Senegal qualify than tomorrow’s winner between Cameroon/Tunisia, neither of those two teams will do anything of note in Brazil.

    Fly, that’s true in the African Nations Cup, Ivory Coast tend to dominate the group stage then have one stinker in the knockout stage preventing them from lifting a trophy. But in the World Cups they have been decent, just have no luck in the draws, they get tough groups all the time!

  3. Christopher Harris

    November 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Congratulations to Ivory Coast on qualifying for World Cup 2014. Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire are in and will play in Brazil.

  4. San Fransiscan

    November 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I hate international week.

  5. Flyvanescence

    November 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I hope Ivory Coast make a showing next summer. They always seem so dominant and then choke in one game.

    So much talent in that squad.

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