Jonathan Kodjia scores brace as Al-Gharafa hold Al-Khor

Jonathan Kodjia scores brace as Al-Gharafa hold Al-Khor

Jonathan Kodjia scores brace as Al-Gharafa maintain Al-Khor

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The Ivorian ahead scored a late equaliser to disclaim the Knights three away factors at in Doha

Former Aston Villa defender Jonathan Kodjia netted a brace in Al-Gharafa’s 2-2 draw with Al-Khor within the Qatar Stars League on Friday.

The Cheetahs misplaced at house to Al-Duhail of their earlier recreation on their turf, a set-back from their 1-Zero win over Al-Arabi on the restart wherein Kodjia scored the only aim.

The Ivorian ahead opened the scoring in what was Al-Gharafa’s third house recreation in a row with a low shot within the 36th minute for a 1-Zero first-half lead.

Moroccan wideman Ahmed Hamoudan equalised for Al-Khor two minutes after the half-time break and the rating turned 2-1 for them 4 minutes later by way of Brazilian midfielder Lucca, from the penalty spot.

It regarded prefer it was going to be back-to-back defeats for Al-Gharafa nevertheless it wasn’t to be as Kodjia popped up with the equaliser within the 90th minute with a pleasant volley.

The brace takes the 30-year-old to eight league objectives since he arrived in January. He began off with a hat-trick on his debut in a 4-2 win over Al-Rayyan and scored subsequent in a 2-1 house win over Al-Wakrah simply earlier than the Stars League was suspended as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Kodjia was on the books of Aston Villa between August 2016 and January 2020, and scored 31 objectives and offering 9 assists in 106 aggressive outings.

He performed 41 instances throughout the 2018-19 Championship season, scoring 9 objectives as Villa secured Premier League promotion with a 1-Zero win over Derby County within the play-off ultimate.

Kodjia’s standing within the Villa squad started to cut back throughout the 2019-20 marketing campaign, making solely six top-flight appearances, his final coming in a 2-1 win at Burnley wherein he performed for 19 minutes.

He has beforehand performed for Reims, Angers and Bristol Metropolis and has frolicked on mortgage at Cherbourg, Amiens and Caen, all in France, the place he was born.

Kodjia has additionally represented Ivory Coast 24 instances, scoring 11 objectives.

He featured on the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Egypt, respectively, having a hand in three objectives (two objectives, one help) within the latter, certainly one of which got here within the quarter-finals the place they misplaced 5-Four on penalties to eventual champions Algeria.

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