ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia caused the first real shock of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they came from behind to stun the Ivory Coast with a 2-1 victory in their Group K clash in Bahir Dar on Tuesday.
Serge Aurier gave the Ivorians an early lead when he knocked in a rebound after Max Gradel’s free-kick had been parried into his path by home goalkeeper Abel Mamo.
Yet the Walias were level on 16 minutes as Surafel Dagnachew’s free-kick was deflected in off the wall, before Shemeles Bekele shrugged off two defenders, and a shout for handball, to score the winner midway through the opening period.
In the day’s other Group K game Madagascar made it two wins from two with a crushing 6-2 win over hosts Niger.
The results mean Madagascar are top of the group with six points, Ethiopia and Ivory Coast both have three and Niger are without a point.