Kolo Toure played the entire 90 minutes as Ivory Coast began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-1 draw against Guinea on Tuesday evening.
The Liverpool defender was named from the start for the Group D contest in Equatorial Guinea, where the continental tournament is being held across the next three weeks.
Toure and his compatriots are among the favourites to lift the trophy but fell behind on 36 minutes tonight, when Mohamed Yattara opened the scoring.
The task facing Herve Renard's charges increased further after the interval too - wide-man Gervinho was shown a straight red card in Malabo.
However, the Ivorians avoided defeat in their first match of the competition through Seydou Doumbia's strike with 18 minutes remaining on the clock.
Toure will be back in action on Saturday, with Mali the opposition, before concluding the section by tackling Cameroon next Wednesday.