Afcon 2021: Ivory Coast player ratings in victory over Equatorial Guinea

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Following their winning start at Afcon 2021 in Douala to go top of Group E, GOAL rates the performances of Patrice Beaumelle's players in Wednesday's game

  1. Badra Ali Sangare - 7.5
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    Badra Ali Sangare - 7.5

    The 35-year-old made crucial saves when it mattered in the encounter, to preserve the Elephants' 1-0 lead at Japoma Stadium.

  2. Simon Deli - 7
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    Simon Deli - 7

    Deli made key interceptions in the match and his solid defensive presence helped the Elephants keep a clean sheet.

  3. Eric Bailly - 7
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    Eric Bailly - 7

    The Manchester United centre-back kept his focus on defensive duties and he showed composure with the blocks and tackles.

  4. Ghislain Konan - 7.5
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    Ghislain Konan - 7.5

    He made brillant runs to support the attack on the flanks and he also completed his defensive work smoothly.

  5. Habib Maiga - 6
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    Habib Maiga - 6

    Initially struggled to find his feet in the encounter, but later contributed to help Ivory Coast keep a clean sheet at the Japoma Stadium.

  6. Ibrahim Sangare - 7
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    Ibrahim Sangare - 7

    Made crucial tackles to win possession for Ivory Coast and he came close to scoring in the first-half but his header off Franck Kessie's cross did not hit the target.

  7. Franck Kessie - 6.5
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    Franck Kessie - 6.5

    He was all over the park in the game but looked tired towards the end and was replaced in the 72nd minute.

  8. Jean-Michael Seri - 7

    Jean-Michael Seri - 7

    Seri supported Kessie in the middle of the park and he made several tackles in the game which helped the West Africans dominate the match.

  9. Max Gradel - 8
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    Max Gradel - 8

    The Sivasspor man scored the only goal that separated the two teams in Douala and he was later named the Man of the Match.

    He did not relent on his performance after firing home the screamer in the game.

  10. Max Cornet - 7
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    Max Cornet - 7

    Constantly put the Equatorial Guinea defenders on their feet with his creativity and runs.

  11. Sebastian Haller - 6.5
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    Sebastian Haller - 6.5

    A key figure in the Elephants attack, even though he did not find the back of the net. The Ajax striker won a number of free-kicks for Ivory Coast before his replacement in the 82nd minute.

  12. Nicolas Pepe - 7

    Came on in the 71st minute and he registered Ivory Coast's second shot on target, 10 minutes later with his shot well saved by goalkeeper Manuel Sapunga.