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Didier Drogba goals spark riot in Senegal, Africa Cup of Nations qualifier abandoned

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Two goals from Didier Drogba in the second leg of the Ivory Coast's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Senegal prompted the home fans to lose hope of qualification and start setting the stadium on fire. When Drogba's penalty kick in the 71st minute of the second leg put the Ivory Coast up 6-2 on aggregate, the fans in Dakar realized their side's chance of qualification for the tournament was all but over and they didn't want to wait for the final whistle to start unleashing their fury.

From the BBC:

Home fans started fires in the stands and threw objects on the pitch as Senegal were losing 2-0, a result which would have eliminated the team.

Ivorian fans jumped down on the pitch to escape the violence.

The fans and the Ivorian players were then escorted by police, who fired tear gas into the packed stands.

Reports say about 10 people - including Senegalese Sports Minister Hadji Malick Gakou - were injured in the violence on the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium.

Though the match was abandoned, the result will likely be given to the Ivory Coast while sanctions surely await Senegal.

Manchester City has already released a statement confirming that Yaya and Kolo Toure are just fine.

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