Last Updated: 22/01/13 4:55pm
The referee brings an end to an exciting match. Togo more than matched up to the attacking prowess of the Ivorians and gave a good account of themselves in the end. Ivory Coast 2-1 Togo.
Togo throwing everything forward in an attempt to equalise. They almost get their wish, but a great save from Barry denies them. Last minute corner...which comes to nothing, Ivory Coast clear their lines just in time for the final whistle.
Goal!! Surely the winning goal now, Gervinho flicks the ball past Agassa, who watched the Yaya Toure freekick fly over his head onto Yao's left foot.
The ball goes out for a corner on the other side. The ball falls kindly for Bossou, who blazes his shot over the cross-bar. Ivory Coast now pushing forward again.
Both teams sensing the urgency to get forward for the winning goal, Togo with the freekick in a promising area on the right-hand side of the pitch.
Gervinho gets free in the box after a mix-up in the Togo defence, squares the ball to Yaya, but the midfielder is unable to put it past Agassa, who gathers easily.
The match is much more lively at the moment, end-to-end action. Will Togo find the net for a third time from this corner?
Disallowed Goal: Togo put the ball in the back of the net from a corner, but the referee pulls it back because Kalou was still making his way onto the pitch.
Gakpe's pace is causing the Cote d'Ivoire defence all sorts of problems so far, good work by Adebayor to keep up the play from the long ball.
Referee blows the whistle at the end of the half. Ayite's goal spicing things up for the second half following Yaya Toure's strike in the 8th minute.
Jonathan Ayite sweeps the ball into the net from a well worked corner in added time at the end of the first half, the Ivory Coast defence failed to pick up the number 11 in the 6-yard area.
Yaya Toure gets free in the box in a similar position as when he scored, but his thunderous shot cannons back off the upright, still 1-0.
Cote d'Ivoire still shading possession with 57%, but Togo are looking to get forward at every opportunity. Serge Gakpe, in particular, looks like the Sparrow Hawks' biggest threat.
Seems to be a battle erupting between the two number 4s. Former teammates Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor having little nibbles at each other.
The Elephant's really starting to take control of the game now. Can see them going on to win comfortably. - Phil Bennett
Gervinho again getting free down the right after the freekick for a foul on Gradel. The Arsenal forward's cross fails to find anyone, and he seems to be having difficulty getting up.
Togo pinned back into their own half now, content with launching the ball forward attempting to find Adebayor, not working to well for the time being.
Max Gradel and Gervinho seem to have switched flanks for the time being, both look threatening down the right-hand side, corner comes to nothing, however, as Agassa gathers the cross easily.
Ivory Coast slowly growing into the game, dominating more of the ball now, the early goal has really put Togo on the back foot.
One-zip is nothing. The minnow side will bounce back, at least for a draw. C'mon boys. - Oliver Masters
Goal! Ivory Coast net through Yaya Toure from the edge of the area. Gervinho setting the Manchester City man up, after cutting into the box from the right.
Thanks for the comms, really looking for the underdogs to win today - really throw the competition wide open. How cool is their lime green getup too... - Andre Hansle
Togo having it all their own way thus far, Ivory Coast's passing has been very sloppy in the first five minutes.
Adebayor springs free of Kolo Toure in the box, but he's unable to get the ball under control after rounding the keeper. Ivory Coast breath a sigh of relief as they clear their lines.
Players lining up for the national anthems. Remarkably the stadium is empty for this clash of two African giants.
As expected it will be Drogba and Adebayor leading the lines for their respective countries, with the Toure brothers also starting for the Ivorians.
The sides have met only twice before in the AFCON in 2000 and 2002, both games were drawn 1-1 and 0-0 respectively.
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Ivory Coast are 30/100 to beat Togo today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while it is 18/5 for the match to end in a stalemate. Didier Drogba is 5/2 to score first, while Adebayor is at 11/1.
The Sparrow Hawks will be participating in their seventh AFCON, returning to the competition after missing the previous three. Togo have never progressed past the first round of the competition, and will be hoping that Emmanuel Adebayor's presence will inspire them to reach the next round.
The 2013 AFCON will mark Ivory Coast's 20th participation in African football's showcase event. The Elephants won the competition in 1992, and after coming second in 2012 will be keen to go one better this year.