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Zaha Back For Dominant Ivory Coast Victory

12 October 2018

Ivory Coast beat Central African Republic 4-0 on Friday in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group H match at the Stade Bouake in Bouake.

Wilfried Zaha was back in the starting eleven after he had missed the match with Rwanda last month.

Back-to-back wins against the Central African Republic in this international break would all but secure a spot at next year's Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon for the Ivorians.  

The nation remain second in the group table after recording their second successive win in Group H following an earlier victory in that game against Rwanda.

A goal after just three minutes from Jonathan Kodija gave the hosts the perfect start and that effort was to separate the two sides through until the break.

It was a much more dominant second half for Ivory Coast and on 53 minutes Eric Bailly extended the lead.

Cheick Doukoure added a third before Maxwel Cornet completed a comfortable victory when he netted with 15 minutes remaining.

The two sides now meet again on Tuesday in Bangui.

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