Last Updated at 6:27 pm, January 22nd 2012
Jean-Jaques Gosso is penalised for a strong challenge in the air on Hawks' Haitham Karar.
And Ivory Coast breath a sigh of relief as their attacking forays finally resulted in a goal, Didier Drogba's well-taken header after his Chelsea team-mate Salomon Kalou's cross from the left providing the breakthrough.
Sudan's Najem Abdullah is booked for challenge on Gervinho out on the right and will have to be careful for the duration of the encounter.
I hope the ivory coast win today and the whole tournament, they have real pace with gervinho and doumbia, dominant in midfield with yaya toure and beast at the back with kolo toure. I'm going for a 5-0 with a drogba hat trick, cmon ivory coast!!!!! Curtis stephen
Sudan are rated at 11/1 to beat Ivory Coast today according to our friends at Sky Bet, the Desert Hawks also 18/1 to qualify from Group B.
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