The good news is that Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote all emerged safely from mad scenes at the crucial Senegal v Ivory Coast qualifier last night.

With Ivory Coast two up on the night (6-2 on aggregate) thanks to goals from Didier Drogba, the match was brought to a premature end as missiles were thrown onto the pitch, fires started in the stands and people eventually invading the pitch.

It has been reported by goal.com that up to 30 people including Senegal’s Sport Minister, El Hadji Malick Gakou, were injured as trouble broke out.

The Senegal official news agency APS reported, “The match was halted and the Lions of Senegal will not qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup Of Nations”. Thus seemingly removing any very faint lingering doubts as to whether there would be any possibility of a rematch.

So despite the loss of Cheick Tiote for the tournament which runs from 19th January to 10th February next year, Alan Pardew will be heaving a huge sigh of relief that he isn’t losing his strikers.

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