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Drogba draws a blank as Ivory Coast are stunned

Tournament favourites Ivory Coast were held to a goalless draw by a stubborn Burkina Faso in their opening Group B match at the Estadio do Cabinda last night.

Vahid Halilhodzic's team dominated possession but could not find the cutting edge to break down a determined Burkinabe defence despite an impressive frontline of Didier Drogba, Bakari Kone and Gervinho.

Chelsea striker Drogba had an early shout for a penalty after a sliding challenge from Paul Koulibaly, but the appeals were rejected.

Then in the second half Drogba was cynically brought down by Mohamed Koffi on the edge of the box 17 minutes from time but the free-kick came to nothing.

The Chelsea frontman did test Diakite in the 85th minute but the Burkinabe goalkeeper was equal to his powerful snap-shot from a tight angle as the Ivorians' frustration continued.

Meanwhile, Malawi stunned England's World Cup rivals Algeria in Group A at a near-deserted November 11 stadium by defeating them 3-0. Goals from Russell Mwafulirwa, Elvis Kafoteka and Davi Banda secured victory.

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