Drogba, Kalou score as Ivory Coast beats Tunisia

Drogba, Kalou score as Ivory Coast beats Tunisia

Published Jan. 13, 2012 2:00 p.m. ET

Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou scored and Cheick Tiote was sent off as three of Ivory Coast's English Premier League players were prominent in a 2-0 friendly win over Tunisia on Friday.

Kalou fired home just before halftime and Chelsea teammate Drogba converted a penalty two minutes into the second half as the African Cup of Nations favorite launched its final run-in to the tournament with an impressive victory over the 2004 continental champion.

Drogba set up Kalou and then netted from the spot after a handball by Karim Haggui.

Newcastle United midfielder Tiote was red carded with less than 20 minutes to go for a dangerous, off-the-ball challenge.


Ivory Coast plays Libya on Monday in its final warmup game before the African tournament kicks off on Jan. 21.