Sports Ivory Coast Thrash Russia in Friendly Match


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England-based pair Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fired Ivory Coast to a 2-0 win over Russia in a friendly at Krasnodar on Friday.

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Kodjia gave the Ivorians the lead in the 30th minute, cutting in from the left flank before hitting the ball hard into the top-right corner.

In the 70th, Zaha made it 2-0 when he dribbled past all three of Russia's center-backs and scored with a calm finish.

For Russia, defeat continues a poor run of form a year out from its home World Cup. The Russians have now won just two of their last 12 games, with losses to Costa Rica and even Qatar also marring their recent record.