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Men’s Football Aurier ends up in goal as Ivory Coast have dramatic draw with Sierra Leone

FORMER Tottenham defender Serge Aurier ended Ivory Coast’s dramatic Africa Cup of Nations draw with Sierra Leone as a makeshift goalkeeper on Sunday.

Sierra Leone had already held Algeria to a goalless stalemate in their Group E opener and this 2-2 draw at the Japoma Stadium means victory over Equatorial Guinea in their final game will see them advance into the round of 16.

Ivory Coast had looked on course for an expected victory after Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe’s effort had put them back in front with 25 minutes remaining.

Musa Kamara had earlier equalised following Sebastien Haller’s opener and Sierra Leone would hit back again in unforgettable circumstances.

Ivory Coast goalkeeper Badra Sangare misjudged a simple header back to him from an Elephants team-mate and the ball squirmed from his grip, allowing Alhaju Kamara to turn into an empty net for a last-gasp leveller.

Things went from bad to worse for Sangare, who suffered an injury and was forced off as Aurier donned the gloves for the closing stages.

Ivory Coast remain top of Group E but could yet be eliminated if they lose to Algeria on Thursday and other results go against them.


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