Chelsea stars on target
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English Premier League stars had mixed luck with Côte d'Ivoire on Friday as Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba scored in a 2-0 CAF African Cup of Nations warm-up win over Tunisia which saw Cheik Tiote sent off.

The Chelsea forwards struck just before and after half-time in Abu Dhabi as the Cup co-favourites dominated until Newcastle United midfielder Tiote was sent off on 73 minutes for an aggressive push on Mejdi Traore.

Kalou burst on to an angled through ball and curled a side-foot shot past Aymen Mathlouthi while Drogba sent the goalkeeper the wrong way after Tunisia skipper Karim Haggui used an arm to block a cross.

Tunisia improved when they had a numerical advantage, testing goalkeeper Boubacar Barry several times, before substitute Seydou Doumbia was foiled by a superb tackle when poised to add a third Ivorian goal.