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MALABO---Max Gradel finally
broke the string of draws in Group
D and sent the Ivory Coast into the
quarterfinals of the African Cup of
Nations with the only goal in a 1-
0 victory over Cameroon yester-
Gradel collected a pass from Siaka
Tiene that went through the legs of
Cameroon forward Edgar Salli. He
then ran toward the middle of the
field before unleashing a hard shot
that flew past a diving Fabrice
It was Ivory Coast s first victory
in the group after a pair of 1-1 draws.
All the other matches in the group,
including yesterday s match between
Mali and Guinea in Mongomo, also
The result gives the Ivorians first
place in the group and a quarterfinal
match against Algeria on Sunday in
Malabo. But second place will be
decided by luck today with Mali and
Guinea drawing lots to see who plays
Ghana in Sunday s early match.
The Ivory Coast was playing its
second straight match without Gerv-
inho, the Roma forward who was
given a straight red card in the open-
ing match against Guinea and then
handed a two-match suspension.
But Gradel has been getting things
done up front among a team that
includes Yaya Toure, Wilfried Bony
and Salomon Kalou. The Saint-Eti-
enne midfielder has scored two goals
in two matches. On Saturday, he
came on as a substitute and scored
an 87th-minute equalizer in the 1-
1 draw with Mali.
Cameroon again played an up-
tempo game, but rarely threatened
the Ivory Coast goal. One of the best
chances of the first half for the
Cameroonians came when Salli shot
over the bar in the final seconds.
More chances came in the second
half as the Ivorians sat back, but
there was no finishing touch.
Mali and Guinea drew 1-1 and
sheer luck will now decide who
makes the quarterfinals.
One will progress through the
tournament s final tiebreaker rule ---
the drawing of lots --- after both
ended on the same points, the same
goal difference and the same goals
scored to tie for second in Group D.
Guinea led at Mongomo Stadium
through Kevin Constant s 15th-
Mali captain Seydou Keita missed
a penalty at the other end two min-
utes later, but the Malians drew level
early in the second half through for-
ward Modibo Maiga s back-post
Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 1-0
in the other Group D game to top
the group and will face top-ranked
African team Algeria in the quar-
for kicking player
MADRID---Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended
from Real Madrid s next two matches after his vio-
lent outburst in last weekend s league game that
included kicking an opponent.
The federation s disciplinary committee yestersday
banned Ronaldo from home matches against Real
Sociedad on Saturday and Sevilla on February 4.
The two-match ban will mean Ronaldo will return
for the derby at Atletico Madrid on February 7.
Ronaldo, who won his third Ballon d Or award
earlier this month, earned a direct red card for kicking
Cordoba defender Edimar late in Saturday s 2-1 win.
He then swiped the face of Cordoba s Jose Crespo.
After being booked by the referee, the Portugal
forward strolled off the pitch while gesturing to the
badge on his shirt for winning the Club World Cup
He apologised later.
FA charges Chelsea's
Costa over stamp
LONDON---Chelsea striker Diego Costa is facing a
three-match ban after being charged by the English
Football Association with violent conduct for stamp-
ing on an opponent during the League Cup semifinal
win over Liverpool.
The Spain international stamped on Emre Can s
right ankle early in the match, but it was missed by
the officials at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. The FA
reviewed video footage before charging Costa, who
has until today to respond.
If Costa is found guilty, he could receive the same
three-match ban as Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam
received last season for a stamp. That would rule
him out for Saturday s match for the Premier League
leaders against second-place Manchester City and
subsequent games against Everton and Aston Villa.
by signing Gabriel
LONDON---Arsenal strengthened its depleted defen-
sive options by signing Brazilian defender Gabriel
from Villarreal yesterday, with Costa Rica forward
Joel Campbell joining the Spanish club on loan as
part of the deal.
Financial terms weren t disclosed but British media
has reported that Arsenal is paying about 15 million
pounds ($22.75 million) for Gabriel, who has been
granted a work permit, and is awaiting international
The 24-year-old Gabriel can also play as a fullback
on either side, with his versatility a benefit to an
Arsenal side that has been beset with injuries to
defenders after starting the season light on numbers
at the back. (AP)
Ivory Coast advances to quarters
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