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Fan riot forces Africa Nations Cup qualifying match cancelled

2012-10-14 00:51:57 GMT2012-10-14 08:51:57(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Senegalese football fans throw rocks at the police at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar October 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Senegalese security officials help an fan of Cote d'Ivoire's national soccer team at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar October 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Senegalese security officials evacuate Cote d'Ivoire's national soccer team players from the pitch at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar October 13, 2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Senegal's Papiss Demba Cisse (C) and Pape Souare (L), and Cote d'Ivoire's striker Didier Drogba (4th L) leave Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar October 13, 2012.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

An Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire was cancelled Saturday after home fans set fire and threw debris in the stadium.

Home fans started the riot when the match was 15 minutes from the end and visiting Cote d'Ivoire were 2-0 ahead, which meant Senegal would be eliminated following their first-leg 4-2 loss unless miracle happened in the last moments.

Tin cans and water bombs rained down and players were forced to gather in the center circle.

After 40 minutes of suspension, organizers decided to call off the match.

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