MATCH CENTRE

TUE 24 JANUARY 2017, 21:00, STADE D'OYEM

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VS
0

Herve Renard’s Morocco eliminate Ivory Coast

by BackPageTXT

Tue January 24, 23:02

Herve Renard came back to haunt his former team Ivory Coast as Morocco knocked the defending champions out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday night.

Renard’s Atlas Lions defeated the 2015 title winners 1-0 in Oyem in their final Group C match, sealing their progression alongside DR Congo into the quarterfinals.

The Elephants could only manage a third-place finish in the group, condemning them to an early exit from the tournament.

Ivory Coast enjoyed most of the possession early on, but it was Morocco who almost claimed the lead on 25 minutes when Faycal Fajr rattled the crossbar with a shot on goal from a free kick.

The North Africans seemed to come close to a goal again on the half hour mark when Mehdi Benatia saw an effort from a corner kick cleared off the goal line, but the defender had actually used his hand to redirect the ball and was duly booked for his offence.

Ivory Coast’s best chance arrived in the 37th minute when Salomon Kalou showed great vision and technical ability to put Wilfried Zaha into a shooting position, but the English-based attacker was denied by a fine save from Munir Mohand.

The Elephants also hit the woodwork shortly before half time when Kalou got on the end of a flick-on from Wilfried Bony, but his header from a tight angle hit the outside of the post and Mohand appeared to have it covered regardless.

Ivory Coast appeared to have momentum behind them in the second half, but on 64 minutes the Atlas Lions broke the deadlock with a brilliant long-range curler from substitute Rachid Alioui to put one foot in the quarterfinals.

The Elephants experienced only frustration in their attempts to come back into the game, with Renard’s Morocco unyielding in defence to secure a famous victory.

Morocco (0) 1 (Rachid Alioui 64’)

Ivory Coast 0


Morocco: Munir Mohand, Medhi Benatia, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saïss, Manuel da Costa, Mbark Boussoufa, Faycal Fajr (Mounir Obbadi 83’), Nabil Dirar, Karim El Ahmadi, Aziz Bouhaddouz (Rachid Alioui 42’ [Khalid Boutaib 90+2’]), Youssef En-Nesyri

Ivory Coast: Sylvain Gbohouo, Serge Aurier, Serge Wilfried Kanon, Eric Bailly, Simon Deli, Cheick Doukoure (Jean Seri 52’), Wilfried Zaha (Jonathan Kodja 76’), Franck Kessié (Max Gradel 84’), Geoffroy Serey Die, Wilfried Bony, Salomon Kalou

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE STADE D'OYEM
MOROCCO GOALS COTE D'IVOIRE GOALS
23. Rachid Alioui (64')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 2
MOROCCO STARTING LINEUP COTE D'IVOIRE STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
87'
12
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
2
Defender
58'
21
Defender
4
Defender
17
Defender
30'
5
Defender
6
Defender
19
Midfielder
83'
11
Midfielder
52'
10
Midfielder
82'
8
Midfielder
84'
11
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
70'
76'
9
Forward/Striker
42'
20
Forward/Striker
8
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
12
SUBSTITUTIONS
Rachid Alioui
Forward/Striker
42'
23
Jean Seri
Midfielder
52'
6
Mounir Obbadi
Midfielder
83'
19
Jonathan Kodjia
Forward/Striker
76'
14
Khalid Boutaib
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
13
Max Gradel
Midfielder
84'
15
CARDS
Medhi Benatia
Defender
30'
5
Eric Bailly
Defender
58'
21
Karim El Ahmadi
Midfielder
82'
8
Wilfried Zaha
Midfielder
70'
9
Munir Mohand
Goalkeeper
87'
12
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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