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Ivorians edge past Burkina

Jonathan Pitroipa of Burkina Faso
Jonathan Pitroipa of Burkina Faso got their opening goal

Ivory Coast have taken a potentially decisive lead in Group E of African World Cup qualifying after a tough contest against Burkina Faso.

The game in Ouagadougou was a clash between the two outstanding teams in the group so far.

Both sides had a perfect record before the match and Burkina Faso were unbeaten at home in qualifying.

But they lost that record as the visitors overcame an impressive home display to win 3-2.

Barcelona's Yaya Toure struck in the 13th minute to put Ivory Coast in front and it looked like the Elephants might pull away.

But Burkina Faso bounced back with a goal 15 minutes later through Jonathan Pitroipa.

And it remained at 1-1 until the 55th minute of the game when the Burkinabe defender Mamadou Tall scored an own goal to give Ivory Coast the advantage in the match and the race for the finals.

Ivory Coast's Chelsea striker Didier Drogba struck with 20 minutes to go, apparently to make sure of the points for the Elephants.

But Burkina Faso's Aristide Bance scored with 12 minutes to go to make it a nervous end to the game for Ivory Coast.

They held on and now have a perfect nine points from their three games so far and must feel they have taken a decisive step towards the World Cup.



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