Ivory Coast went through a very dramatic penalty session with Ghana which concluded in a 9-8 victory for the Ivorian nation as they were claimed as the champions of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
This match was played a few months ago in February and even though it was a historical moment for the national football team of Ivory Coast as the national side lifted their 2nd ever African Cup of Nations.
Yaya Toure has recently returned to Manchester City and the Etihad Stadium after having spent some time playing and representing his country Ivory Coast at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January. Before YayaToure had left Manchester City, the English club was competing side by side with Chelsea as both teams had the same amount of points as each squad had collected a total of 46 points, this was on New Year’s Day.
The Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, is not happy with the fact that one of his main guys in the midfield, Yaya Toure, is not going to be available for a few weeks at the start of the New Year because of his national commitments.
But, according to Pellegrini, it’s something that the club already knew and that’s why, the veteran player Frank Lampard was signed on loan.
However, it’s not certain at the moment whether Lampard would be at Etihad for the second half of the season or not.
Yaya Touré has been a shadow of himself this campaign, but the Ivory Coast international helped Manchester City get yet another crucial victory in the Manchester derby. City have enjoyed the upper hand in the local derbies of late.
This record continued after Sergio Aguero’s score in the second half to give City a 1-0 win. The result keeps the blues five points behind Chelsea in the league table. There was a danger of dropping more points especially given that Pellegrini’s team had suffered two defeats leading up to this match.
Thiago Silva is going to remain away from action for some time at least after injuring his hammy playing against Napoli the other day.
The MRI tests have been done on the defender and the results have not been too positive. It’s believed that he will be missing 3-4 games for his club Paris Saint-Germain.
Silva will obviously be sidelined now from Brazil’s matches too during international break.
The Selecao has to face Colombia and Ecuador back-to-back and they will have to do without Silva in those two games.