Star-packed Ivory Coast defeated Sweden in a friendly match as part of the preparations for the African Championship.
Sweden men’s national football team are in the United Arab Emirates for a couple of exhibition matches, which they annually participate.
Today, Sweden faced a strong and star-packed Ivory Coast, who are preparing themselves for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations held between January 14 and February 5, 2017.
Swedish head coach Janne Andersson decided to give the Swedish youngster a chance to gain some international experience.
SWEDEN’S STARTING ELEVEN:
Peter Abrahamsson (GK), Emil Salomonsson, Franz Brorsson, Linus Wahlqvist, Pa Konate, Niklas Bärkroth, Kristoffer Olsson, Oscar Lewicki, Viktor Claesson, Sebastian Andersson, Per Frick.
IVORY COAST’S STARTING ELEVEN:
Sylvain Gbohouo, Serge Aurier, Franck Yannick Kisse, Wilfried Kanon, Adama Traore, Serey Die, Victorien Angban, Nicolas Pepe, Serge Yao Nguessan, Salomon Kalou, Wilfried Bony.
It was overall a boring match with a very low intensity. Sweden initiated the goalscoring in the 40th minute but it went down as an own-goal by Wilfried Kanon. Just few seconds before the end of the first half, Ivory Coast equalised through Serge Yao Nguessan.
In the second half, one could clearly see the difference between the two teams, where Ivory Coast showed more class and strength by bossing the second half. Giovanni Sio scored the winning goal for Ivory Coast in the 50th minute with a thunderbolt header.
Ivory Coast won this friendly match with a fair result as they were much better. Sweden’s head coach Janne Andersson suffered a narrow defeat in his first January Tour, after using a squad packed with inexperience youngsters. He managed to get a quite good result in the ended despite the defeat.