Contrasting fortunes for Africa's World Cup representatives in their midweek internationals leave their chances up in the air.
Round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal to a 5-1 friendly win and become his nation's all-time leading scorer.
An late strike by Max Gradel allowed Ivory Coast to claw back from a two-goal deficit and grab a 2-2 draw with Belgium.
Belgium 2 Ivory Coast 2 - international friendly result on Wednesday.
Leeds manager Brian McDermott wants to bring former player Max Gradel back to the club in January.
There was no dream start for Rolland Courbis as the new Montpellier coach saw his side lose 1-0 at home to Saint Etienne.
Ivory Coast named uncapped Ismael Diomande as midfield cover for this month's World Cup playoff against Senegal.
James Rodriguez finally delivered after a mediocre start to the season, creating both goals as Monaco went clear in Ligue 1.
Kolo Toure earned a surprise recall to the Ivory Coast squad for their World Cup qualifying play-off against Senegal.
Ivory Coast failed to live up to their favourites billing after a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Nigeria at the African Cup of Nations.
Ivory Coast 1 Nigeria 2 - African Nations Cup quarter-final result
Leeds will not be making leading scorer Luciano Becchio another contract offer as he edges closer to the Elland Road exit door, according to manager Neil
Gervinho’s brilliant volley gave Ivory Coast a 2-1 win over Togo in their African Cup of Nations Group D opener in Rustenburg.
Teams for the opening Group D match at the African Nations Cup finals between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Tuesday:
Factbox on African Cup of Nations finalists Ivory Coast ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa.
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