Watch: Gervinho gets sent off for striking opponent at the African Cup of Nations...then falls to the ground himself in dramatic fashion

The incident happened during the 1-1 draw between Ivory Coast and Guinea

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Gervinho was given a sensational red card in the 58th minute of Ivory Coast's 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw with Guinea for appearing to strike Naby Keita with the palm of his hand, dropping the midfielder to the ground.

The former Arsenal winger, who now plays his club football for Roma in Serie A, then seemed to reenact the incident to referee Mehdi Abid-Charef after receiving his marching orders, falling to the ground himself in dramatic fashion.

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It was Gervinho's first red card for club or country since August 2011, when he was dismissed on his Arsenal debut against Newcastle for clashing with Joey Barton.

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Mohamed Yattara stunned Ivory Coast, who are ranked Africa's third-best side behind Algeria and Tunisia, with his 36th-minute volley in today's draw before the favourites saw striker Gervinho sent off for hitting Keita.

Second-half substitute Seydou Doumbia gave the subdued crowd something to cheer about with his 72nd-minute equaliser, but with a man down, Ivory Coast were unable to go on and claim the win.

Ivory Coast boasted Premier League stars Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Cheick Tiote, Roma striker Gervinho and former Chelsea frontman Salomon Kalou in their starting line-up and were expected to claim a comfortable victory against Guinea.

In the other game in Group D, Cameroon needed a late equaliser against Mali to earn another 1-1 draw, the fifth in the eight games in the tournament so far.

Ambroise Oyongo latched on to a long pass from Raoul Loe in the 84th minute and beat Mali goalkeeper Soumaila Diakite for Cameroon’s leveller. Sambou Yatabare had given Mali a surprising lead in the 71st, controlling the ball with his chest and scoring from a tight angle after a free-kick on the other side of the field.

Cameroon had conceded only one goal in qualifying and had chances earlier in the game but lacked quality finishing. Mali’s Seydou Keita had a goal disallowed in added time for offside.

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