Renard feels Group D wide open


Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard believes that the point against Guinea is not a true reflection of who will advance to the quarter-finals from Group D.

His side had to comeback from a goal down to claim a 1-1 draw in their opening match on Tuesday evening.

He admitted that they were not clinical, but he still has hopes that they will advance to the next round.

"In the first half we would have deserved to take the lead. We hit the crossbar by Gervinho. We gave them the first goal with a communication gap in our defence. Then we tried to push but it was not easy with the sending off of Gervinho.”

Renard said that despite the loss of Gervinho he believed they still had a chance to outclass their opponents in the match.

"We had to react and change something tactically. I am convinced that even at 10 against 11 we had the means to win this match. We are a team under rebuilding and Guinea have been competitive during the qualifiers and are not a side to be underestimated.”

Despite the sending off of Gervinho, who had started the match on a very high note, Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure said they have 23 quality players and will look forward to soldier on.

“We have 23 quality players. I hope that the next game will go our way. We still have a chance to qualify," he said.

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