Arsenal forward Gervinho scores twice for Ivory Coast

Arsenal forward Gervinho scored twice to help Ivory Coast to a 4-2 friendly win over Egypt ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Elephants conceded to a Mohamed Aboutrika header in the 18th minute but got back into the game after the Gunners attacker converted a penalty.

Lacina Traore’s goal then completed the turnaround before Gervinho grabbed his second with a tap-in just after the restart.

Mohamed Nagui pulled a goal back for the Pharaohs on the hour mark but it proved to be a mere consolation as Didier Ya Konan restored the two-goal advantage eight minutes from time.

Ivory Coast, who are seeded top of Group D, will play their first Afcon game against Togo in Rustenburg on January 22.

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