Kalou leads Elephants stampede

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Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou scored his 13th international goal for the Ivory Coast as they hammered Rwanda in their African Nations Cup qualifier.

Having already qualified the Ivory Coast came into the game in relaxed fashion, but soon put their opponents to the sword, despite the absence of Didier Drogba.

Arsenal striker Gervinho was involved, as Kalou opened the scoring after 35 minutes.

Four further goals secured The Elephants’ fifth win in a row and took their goal tally to 17, the most of any side in qualification.


Elsewhere The Blues’ defensive pair of Ashley Cole and John Terry helped England keep a clean sheet in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria, while Frank Lampard made a cameo appearance late on.

Branislav Ivanovic was also involved in a shut out against Northern Ireland for Serbia, while new signing Romelu Lukaku played 61 minutes for Belgium in their draw with Azerbaijan.

Florent Malouda featured for 82 minutes against Albania for France, as Karim Benzema and Yann M’Vila’s goals helped Laurent Blanc’s side maintain top spot in Group D.

While summer signing Juan Mata didn’t get on the pith, Fernando Torres played the last 26 minutes for Spain as they beat Chile 3-2 after Cecs Fabregas’ double.

Raul Meireles was another winner on international duty, assisting Portugal’s 4-0 win over Cyprus.

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