MATCH CENTRE

WED 20 JANUARY 2016, 18:00, KIGALI

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Zakri penalty helps Cote d'Ivoire scrape past Morocco

by BackPageTXT

Wed January 20, 20:28

Krahire Zakri scored the decisive goal as Cote d'Ivoire edged Morocco 1-0 in a very uninspiring Group A 2016 African Nations Championship clash at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali on Wednesday.

Both teams struggled to find their rhythm in the early exchanges, Cote d'Ivoire looked the better side, but Morocco should have opened the scoring on 26 minutes.

Mourad Batna played in superb cross following a lung-busting run down the right flank, but Abdeladim Khadrouf failed with his back-heel attempt from close range.

With the game evenly poised, Cote d'Ivoire struck with the last attack of the half. Abderrahim Achchakir 's challenge on Atcho Djobo inside the area leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.

Zakri duly stepped up, calmly slotting the ball past the Moroccan stopper.

The Elephants had chances to double their lead through the burly Djedje Guiza with Batna the only shining light for the Atlas Lions.

Drafted into the starting eleven for the clash, the attacker was a constant threat and almost grabbed the equaliser on 69 minutes - the FUS man unlucky to see his free-kick attempt canon off the crossbar.

In the end Cote d'Ivoire held on for all three points, leaving Morocco on the brink of elimination.

Earlier, Rwanda booked their place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Gabon.

The final round of fixtures will take place on Sunday with the hosts taking on Morocco - Cote d'Ivoire battle Gabon.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
MOROCCO COTE D'IVOIRE
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
23
19
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
21
Defender
21
Defender
13
Defender
23
Defender
4
Defender
5
Defender
17
Defender
17
Defender
6
22
22
Defender
5
Defender
16
Midfielder
3
Defender
4
Midfielder
6
3
Midfielder
9
15
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
15
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
9
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
10
Forward/Striker
18
Midfielder
18
Forward/Striker
8
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
7
Forward/Striker
11
Forward/Striker
12
GALLERY
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