By Edmund Bobie
Ivory Coast remain on course to qualify for next year's World Cup finals, after recording an expected 3–1 victory over Senegal.
Goals from Didier Drogba, Solomon Kalou and an own goal by Ludovic Sane, gave the Ivorians a well-deserved win.
The result leaves them in pole position to book one of the slots to represent the continent at the World Cup.
Papis Demba Cisse pulled a surprise goal back for the visitors in the 89th minute.
Senegal are serving a home ban after crowd violence so will have to play the return leg outside the country, Morocco to be precise.
In Ouagadougou, a late Bance penalty handed Burkina Faso a 3–2 win over Algeria. Jonathan Patriopa got the home side the advantage on the stroke of half time.
Both teams returned after recess with more urgency. Sofiane Fehgouli leveled for the visitors 5 minutes into the second half. The visitors kept pressing but could not double their lead.
Paul Put’s men scored their second goal through Djakaridja Kone in the 65th minute.
The visitors responded well and restored parity in the 69th minute when Carl Medjani headed Fehgoulis’ cross past Daouda Diakite.