Ivory Coast beats Mali in friendly

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

Didier Drogba made a winning return to international football on Tuesday as he helped Ivory Coast to a 1-0 victory over Mali in a friendly.

With just three minutes played, Drogba chested down a long ball into the path of Lille striker Gervinho and his cross from the right was slammed high into the net by Didier Ya Konan.

Drogba, who had not played for his country since last year's World Cup, almost got his 46th international goal when he volleyed narrowly over from inside the penalty area in the 35th minute.

Drogba's Chelsea teammate Salomon Kalou almost made it 2-0 early in the second half when he weaved past three players but clipped his shot just over from 10 meters out.

Mali missed a penalty in the second half.

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