Wasteful Ivory Coast are held by stubborn Burkina Faso; Malawi cause a major ACN upset thumping England’s World Cup opponents Algeria

Ivory Coast 0 – Burkina Faso 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 11, 2010) (Longer highlights here.) The match resembled a training game of defenders v attackers as the Ivory Coast had almost total control of the possession withing being able to break down the Burkina backline. (First half highlights here.) Bakary Kone was guilty of missing four guilt-edged opportunities, while the overall final ball of the Elephants was well below-par as they recorded a disappointing opening round draw. (Second half highlights here.)

Malawi 3 – Algeria 0 (African Cup of Nations, January 11, 2010) England’s 2010 World Cup opponents Algeria conceded a soft and surprise goal on the quarter hour, the north African keeper Chaouchi and defender Bougeherra screwed up clearing their lines against the group minnows, the ball ricocheted to Russel Mwafulirwa and the Swedish based striker had little trouble sticking the ball in the net. The lacklustre Algerians then fell further behind 10 minutes from the break when a fine left-wing cross from Chavula was expertly headed home by onrushing midfielder Elvis Kafoteka. Underdogs Malawi began the second half as they finished the first by scoring inside two minutes of the restart, keeper Chaouchi was again guilty of fluffing his lines in failing to catch a cross which allowed Davi Banda to sweep home a third. The victory was Malawi’s first ever at the ACN.