VIDEO: Swansea star misses penalty, scores, as former Leeds favourite saves the day

Wilfried Bony Ivory Coast

Wilfried Bony and Max Gradel were both on target for the ivory Coast yesterday.

It is not just the European Championship qualifiers that are currently under way, but qualification for the 2015 African Cup of Nations is also in full swing.

Yesterday saw Sudan defeat reigning champions Nigeria in a shock victory, meaning the title looks open to anyone ready to brag their opportunity.

One country which has been trying, and failing, to do just that over the years has been the Ivory Coast.

But yesterday they got their qualifying campaign back on track.

They lost their last time out 4-1, as Cameroon dealt out a thrashing to their West African rivals. So they needed a result against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Thanks to two names familiar with an English audience, they did just that.

In the 15th minute Yaya Toure was brought down in the box and Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony stepped up to take the penalty - which was excellently saved by the DR Congo keeper.

Seven minutes later and he made amends, slamming home from close range.

But it looked like the DRC were going to take away a hard earned point when they converted a penalty of their own.

That was, until the 82nd minute, when former Leeds United favourite Max Gradel tapped in a late winner to take the Ivory Coast one step closer to Morocco 2015.

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