Zaha scores as Ivory Coast beats struggling Russia

KRASNODAR, Russia (AP) " Fine solo goals from Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodjia gave the Ivory Coast a 2-0 friendly win over struggling Russia on Friday.

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.

Russia created few clear chances in Friday's game, though the nervy Ivorian keeper Sylvain Gbohouo came close to gifting the hosts a goal when he spilled Alexander Yerokhin's long shot in the 75th. At the other end, Russia's new captain Igor Akinfeev produced an acrobatic one-handed save to keep out Giovanni Sio's curling free-kick.

New Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots, whose appointment was announced Tuesday, wasn't in charge for the game. Instead of the ex-Belgium coach, assistant Ibrahim Kamara oversaw the win.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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