VIDEO: Manchester City star saves nation’s blushes against team ranked 109th in the world

Ivory Coast International

Yaya Toure bagged a brace as Ivory Coast booked their place in the next stage of World Cup qualifying.

Ivory Coast, despite their recent struggles when it comes to major competitions, are generally believed to have the best selection if individual talent available to them on the African continent.

But where would they be right now without the most prized asset of their line-up?

While his impressive free-kick in the 90th minute against Gambia a week ago may have been an impressive goal it was not exactly important in nature as The Elephants were cruising toward victory; but Yaya Toure's double today was certainly important.

With Morocco beating Gambia comfortably the day before; the Atlas Lions kept the pressure on Ivory Coast at the head of their World Cup qualification group as Sabri Lamouchi’s men travelled to Dar-es-Salaam to take on the unfancied Tanzanian outfit.

But the travelling side were below par throughout; including a defensive mix up that gave the Taifa Stars the lead in the very first minute.

Tanzania are currently ranked 109th in FIFA’s Official World Rankings; wedged between Malawi and Kuwait.

But they didn’t just score once against the team ranked a whopping 96 places ahead of them; but they bagged a second goal which levelled the scores at 2-2 when Thomas Ulimwengu put the ball into an empty net after more woeful Ivorian defending.

Lucky for Toure then.

The Manchester City star grabbed the assist for the first goal; providing the opportunity on a plate for Lacina Traore before bagging his first with yet another curling free-kick.

Then at 2-2 he stepped up to make it 3-2 from the penalty spot; with reported Premier League target Wilfried Bony adding a late fourth in what on paper will look a comfortable win - which does not tell the full story.

Here are the highlights (apologies for the blue rinse)…

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