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.
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Volker Finke's new-look Cameroon side needed a late equaliser to escape with a 1-1 draw from their African Nations Cup opener against Mali.
Mali led through Sambou Yatabare's 71st-minute goal but New York Red Bulls full-back Ambroise Oyongo hit back for the Indomitable Lions.
Yatabare thought he had won it in stoppage time but his header was correctly disallowed for offside.
Finke has purged the Cameroon squad of many of the central figures from last summer's abysmal World Cup showing, opting instead...
Nearly-there teams over the past decade make up this group, all of whom come from the same region. West Africa is more than well-represented at the tournament -- 10 of the 16 teams hail from that side of the continent, with four in this group. Although both Ivory Coast (1992) and Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002) have won the competition before, none of the quartet has had the recent success even though they have all threatened to.
Ivory Coast have finished in the final four in the...