Pitch in­va­sions end friendly match early

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Nu­mer­ous pitch in­va­sions forced Mon­day’s friendly be­tween Ivory Coast and Sene­gal in Paris to be aban­doned be­fore full-time.

The sides were level at 1-1 when French ref­eree Tony Chapron called off the match in the 88th minute as fans from both sides flooded onto the pitch.

Liver­pool for­ward Sa­dio Mane had given Sene­gal the lead on 67 min­utes from the penalty spot but Ful­ham’s Cyr­iac Gohi Bi equalised for the Ivo­rians just four min­utes later.

But af­ter the lat­est in a num­ber of pitch in­va­sions, Chapron had had enough and the game was brought to a pre­ma­ture end. The game came just three days af­ter Ivory Coast won 2-0 in Russia.

In the Charlety Sta­dium in the south of Paris, the Ele­phants were watched by for­mer Bel­gium coach Marc Wil­mots, who will as­sume his coach­ing du­ties with Ivory Coast on Satur­day.

African World Cup qual­i­fy­ing re­sumes in Au­gust with Ivory Coast two points clear of Morocco and Gabon at the top of Group C with four points af­ter two games and Sene­gal a point be­hind Burk­ina Faso and South Africa in Group D. AFP

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