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Didier Drogba served a warning to Chelsea's Barclays Premier League rivals by hitting his 50th international goal for the Ivory Coast, in his country's victory over Israel in Geneva.

The 33-year-old won and converted a penalty as the Elephants strolled to victory, despite a late comeback from Israel, a team which included winger Yossi Benayoun, who was replaced after 61 minutes.

Earlier Manchester City's Yaya Toure had opened the scoring, a goal created by Arsenal's Gervinho in the first half.

The former Marseille forward has been subject to much speculation over his future this summer, but appears to have committed his immediate future to the Blues as the club head into their first season under Portuguese manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Drogba said that the win would hopefully appease supporters following their disappointing showing at the 2010 African Nations Cup.


 

"We know Israel are coming on us like you'd confront a big team, but we'll be playing with all our strength to win and get back respect from our local fans," he explained.

"A victory will help us reconcile with our fans once again as we prepare for the 2012 African Nations Cup with great hope."

Meanwhile, Fernando Torres started Spain's friendly with Italy, but was replaced after 15 minutes with a concussion.

The club have yet to comment on the injury, but with Chelsea due to open their Barclays Premier League season on Sunday against Stoke City, Torres looks a doubt for the trip to the Potteries.

The injury comes as a blow to the Spaniard, who after scoring one goal following his move from Liverpool last season, was looking to begin the season with a bang.

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