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World Cup qualifying: Ivory Coast 3 Gambia 0

By Football News



Ivory Coast defeated Gambia 3-0 in African World Cup qualifying on Saturday to extend their lead at the top of CAF Group C.

Gambia, still looking for their first victory of the qualifying campaign, kept their hosts goalless throughout the first 45 minutes at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan.

Vitesse forward Wilfried Bony broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 49th minute, with Yaya Toure of Manchester City doubling Ivory Coast's lead just before the hour mark.

Lille striker Salomon Kalou put the outcome beyond doubt when he added a third goal with 20 minutes remaining.

The win was Ivory Coast's second from three matches played in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and sees them top the group by four points from Tanzania, who are in action against third-placed Morocco on Sunday.

Gambia meanwhile are bottom of the standings with just one point from three outings.