Malawi 1 – Ivory Coast 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) The Ivory Coast found themselves a goal down in the 64th minute when Jacob Ngwira put the hosts from a corner. Elephants coach Halilhodzic responded by throwing on Chelsea striker Didier Drogba who was able to level the scores in the 67th minute following a free-kick.
Zambia 0 – Egypt 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Zambia had four goalscoring opportunities against Egypt in the first half (highlights here), but the hosts repeatedly failed to stick the ball in the net. With 20 minutes to go Zambia was punished for their wastefulness as Hosni Abd Rabou cracked in a 20-yarder to put the Pharaohs in the lead.
Cameroon 3 – Togo 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Cameroon took the leaf over Togo on the half hour after Geremi’s initial penalty was saved, and a follow up, before the former Chelsea midfielder finally tucked home. At the start of the second half the hosts scored again, Eto’o weaved his way into the box before the ball broke to Jean Makoun who swept home. Achille Emana wrapped up the points with the third.
Gabon 3 – Morocco 1 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) Hicham Mahdoufi conceded an own goal on the stroke of half-time to give Gabon the lead. They home side extended their advantage during the second half through Eric Mouloungou and Daniel Cousin before Adel Taarabt snatched a late consolation goal.
Bahrain 0 – New Zealand 0 (2010 World Cup qualifier, October 10, 2009) The All Whites survived plenty of pressure from Bahrain in the opening leg of their playoffs, leaving the tie delicately balanced ahead of the return match in Wellington on November 14.