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 By Sam Crocker

Group D stands for 'draw' in Africa Cup of Nations as drawing of lots looms

The drawing of lots is something that rarely happens in football, but it's exciting when it does.

Four matches in and it's neck and neck. In fact, it couldn't be closer. After four 1-1 draws in the first two matchdays in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea all find themselves in the same situation.

That's the same points, same goals scored, same goals conceded. No wins, no losses -- just four draws in the opening two matchdays. At the moment the teams can't be separated: they all deserve to go through and all deserve to go out.

This, of course, means...

Ivory Coast, Cameroon ANC group could be decided by drawing lots

Manchester City pair Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony could be available for the club's Premier League match with Chelsea at the weekend, if Ivory Coast lose to Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday.
Ivory Coast manager Herve Renard spoke to the media before their match against Cameroon and admitted that he believes that the game will be interesting.
Cameroon coach Volker Finke and captain Stephane Mbia look ahead to crucial clash against Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast's star-studded side may have to depend on the drawing of lots to reach the quarterfinals at the African Nations Cup depending on the results of Wednesday's Group D matches.

Yaya Toure, his new Manchester City teammate Wilfried Bony and the rest of his Ivorian teammates will face Cameroon at Malabo Stadium, while Guinea takes on Mali in Mongomo. All four teams in Group D have two points after 1-1 draws in each match.

"We fight like elephants to try to win this game," said veteran Ivory...

By ESPN Staff
3 days ago

Highlights: Ivory Coast 1-1 Mali

Mali and Ivory Coast shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in the African Nations Cup.

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Ivory Coast snatch draw with Mali as Max Gradel strikes

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Mali and Ivory Coast shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in the African Nations Cup.

Max Gradel levelled late on as Ivory Coast snatched a 1-1 draw with Mali in Group D of the African Nations Cup.

Bakary Sako gave Mali a seventh minute lead and although Mali more than held their own for large parts of the contest, Ivory Coast levelled late on through substitute Gradel.

It was both side's second 1-1 draw of the campaign and they will be hopeful victory in their final match will see them through to the knockout stages.

Mali boss Henryk Kasperczak kept faith with the same XI who drew...

By ESPN Staff
7 days ago

Highlights: Mali 1-1 Cameroon

Ambroise Oyongo's late strike earned Cameroon a 1-1 draw against Mali in their Africa Cup of Nations encounter.

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