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Evening Ticker: Chelsea ties Liverpool in League Cup; 10-man Ivory Coast forces draw; And more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Midway through their English League Cup semifinal, there is nothing to separate Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Reds came back to force a 1-1 draw in the first leg behind a second-half goal from Raheem Sterling. The result leaves things even for the second-leg in London next week, handing the Blues a slight advantage in front of a home crowd.

Liverpool picked up a bit of momentum with their equalizer against a Chelsea team with bruising midfielders Nemanja Matic and John Obi Mikel in the lineup. They backed off a bit too far when Sterling picked up the ball and ran straight through the middle before finishing near post in the 59th minute.

The goal came as a result of a dominating second half performance by Liverpool, playing without a true central striker against a Blues team set up not to concede. Chelsea took the lead through an Eden Hazard penalty in the 18th minute, after Cesc Fabregas was brought down by Emre Can’s challenge.

The teams will meet for the second leg next Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.

Here are some more of Tuesday evening’s news and notes:

IVORY COAST, CAMEROON COME BACK TO DRAW IN CUP OF NATIONS

Two of the traditional power teams in African soccer were forced to chase their opening Group D matches in the African Cup of Nations.

Ivory Coast tied Guinea 1-1 at the tournament in Equitorial Guinea with a 72nd minute goal from Seydou Doumbia. The Elephants were down to 10-men at the time after Gervinho was shown a straight red card for attempting to hit a Guinean player off the ball.

Cameroon also came back to tie Mali 1-1. Sambou Yatabare scored in the 71st minute to give Mali the lead until New York Red Bulls defender Ambroise Oyongo equalized with seven minutes remaining.

NEWCASTLE MANAGER SEARCH COULD STRETCH INTO SUMMER

Newcastle United are in no rush to appoint a permanent manager, if Managing Director Lee Charnley’s words are anything to go by.

Charnley is quoted as saying the club want to find the right man for a long-term solution and will wait instead of hiring quickly. Newcastle have been without a permanent head coach since Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace in early January.

” We’ve got a number of options: clearly my preference is to try and find someone to bring in now,” Charnley said. “However, because it will be a long-term commitment, if I have to wait until the summer for what I believe is the right individual, then I would rather wait than actually take someone now who I think isn’t the best fit.”

John Carver remains the interim manager at Newcastle.

What do you expect from Chelsea and Liverpool in the second leg? What did you make of Tuesday’s AFCON action? What candidates should Newcastle look to as a permanent manager?

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  1. Saw Gervinho’s shocking antics during Ivory Coast’s match with Guinea and I’d say that he truly deserve the ejection. Plus him throwing tantrums on the pitch certainly didn’t make him look like the victim at all. Pfffttt

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  2. I just saw that RB Kyle Naughton is being transferred to Swansea. I wonder what that does for Yedlin’s chances to see the field in the near future?

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