AFCON champions Ivory Coast held by Benin in friendly

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Ivory Coast came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Benin on Saturday, the African champion’s first match since winning a third AFCON title in February.

Junior Olaitan scored a brace on either side of the break as 98th-ranked Benin looked to shock Ivory Coast in Amiens, France.

Former Leeds and Bournemouth winger Max-Alain Gradel, 36, got the Elephants level just shy of the half-hour mark, before breaking down in tears at scoring in his farewell match for the team he represented over 100 times.

Oumar Diakite then cancelled out Olaitan’s second in the 69th minute as a much-changed Ivory Coast side avoided defeat in their first outing since winning the AFCON final 2-1 against Nigeria in Abidjan.


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