Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Willy Boly came through back-to-back matches against Malawi for the Ivory Coast unscathed during the international break.
The Elephants followed up their 3-0 World Cup qualifying win against Malawi on Friday with a 2-1 victory against the same side yesterday.
The Wolves number 15 played the full match at left-back according to SofaScore in a 4-3-3 formation, with Manchester United’s Eric Bailly and Ghislain Konan the two centre-backs.
Ivory Coast went ahead in the second minute through Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe before Khuda Muyaba equalised in the 20th minute.
AC Milan’s Frank Kessie netted the winner from the penalty spot in the 66th minute.
Ivory Coast sit top of the group with 10 points from four games ahead of clashes against Mozambique and second-placed Cameroon in November.
Positive break for Boly
Boly is yet to lose in the nine games he has played for his country, and he will head back to the Black Country feeling sharper and determined to break into Bruno Lage’s starting line-up.
With his only appearance of the season so far for Wolves being in the penalty shootout defeat to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup, Boly may have to wait patiently for his chance.
Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Romain Saiss look to have established a good partnership under Lage and after winning back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this season, Lage isn’t likely going to change his backline anytime soon.
But the most important thing is Boly will be coming back from the international break with minutes under his belt and eager to impress Lage.