Morocco beats title-holder Ivory Coast 1-0, moves to AFCON quarterfinals
ESPN – Ivory Coast failed to make it past the group stage in their defense of the African Nations Cup, crashing out without winning a game after Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Morocco.
The Elephants needed to beat Morocco in the last round of matches in Group C to make the quarterfinals but instead followed fellow giants Algeria out of the tournament.
Ivory Coast were outsmarted by Morocco coach Herve Renard, who guided the Ivorians to the title two years ago.
On 24 minutes, Renard’s side went close to taking the lead as a free kick from Faycal Fajr hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced away.
Wilfried Zaha and Salomon Kalou then both missed chances to give Ivory Coast the lead, and Morocco made the Elephants pay when they went ahead just after the hour mark.
Substitute Rachid Aliou scored Morocco’s goal with a curling long-range shot, confirming Ivory Coast’s elimination.
“It’s tough to go out like that in the first round. It’s hard to swallow,” Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie said.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
- HoR lowering the age of candidates eligible to become President - October 27, 2021
- Menfi arrive in Saudi Arabia for Middle East Green Initiative Summit - October 27, 2021
- HoR passes controversial law to combat Cybercrime - October 27, 2021