Africa Cup of Nations - Group D
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Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco beat Ivory Coast to reach knockout stage

Morocco celebrate
Morocco celebrate Youssef En-Nesyri's first-half winner in Cairo

Morocco reached the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast in Group D.

Youssef En-Nesyri scored the game's only goal in the first half after a clever pass from Nordin Amrabat.

Ivory Coast had gone close with just 38 seconds gone when Wolves' Romain Saiss cleared a header from Aston Villa's Jonathan Kodjia off the line.

Morocco end their group campaign against South Africa on Monday (17:00 BST), while Ivory Coast play Namibia.

Morocco could still be caught by both Ivory Coast and South Africa, but they are already assured of at least being one of the four best third-placed teams.

As well as scoring, En-Nesyri swept a shot into the side-netting and forced Sylvain Gbohouo into a terrific save down to his left after Amrabat dummied Hakim Ziyech's low cross.

Ivory Coast, who left Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha on the bench, could have pulled level when Max Gradel was played through on goal, but Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou was quickly off his line to smother the danger, before Pepe fired the loose ball into the side-netting.

Analysis

From BBC Arabic's Riham Eldeeb:

The points are all that matter and Morocco go into the final group game without any pressure now they have qualified for the knockout stages, but we still haven't seen the perfect performance from them.

Ivory Coast offered nothing and the questions for them are around the player who didn't take to the pitch. Why aren't we seeing Zaha? Two attacking players were brought on before him and an injury meant he couldn't come on. It was a big surprise not to see the Crystal Palace forward.

It's a big win for Morocco manager Herve Renard against his former team - he certainly won the tactical battle here.

Line-ups

Morocco

  • 1Bono
  • 17Dirar
  • 5Benatia
  • 6Saïss
  • 2Hakimi
  • 14BoussoufaSubstituted forda Costaat 90+3'minutes
  • 8El AhmadiBooked at 69mins
  • 10Belhanda
  • 7ZiyechSubstituted forBoufalat 75'minutes
  • 19En-Nesyri
  • 16N AmrabatSubstituted forMazraouiat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mazraoui
  • 4da Costa
  • 9Boufal
  • 11Fajr
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Boutaïb
  • 15Aït Bennasser
  • 18Bourabia
  • 20Idrissi
  • 21Abdelhamid
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23Baadi

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 17AurierSubstituted forBagayokoat 69'minutes
  • 6Traoré
  • 5Kanon
  • 2CoulibalyBooked at 59mins
  • 20Dié
  • 8Kessié
  • 19Pepe
  • 10SeriSubstituted forBonyat 63'minutes
  • 15GradelSubstituted forCornetat 55'minutes
  • 14Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 1Tape
  • 3Doumbia
  • 4Gbamin
  • 7Angban
  • 9Zaha
  • 11Cornet
  • 12Bony
  • 13Assalé
  • 18Sangaré
  • 21Comara
  • 22Bagayoko
  • 23Sangaré
Referee:
Néant Alioum
Attendance:
27,500

Match Stats

Home TeamMoroccoAway TeamIvory Coast
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home27
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Morocco 1, Côte d'Ivoire 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Morocco 1, Côte d'Ivoire 0.

Offside, Morocco. Romain Saïss tries a through ball, but Youssef En-Nesyri is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Manuel da Costa replaces Moubarak Boussoufa.

Noussair Mazraoui (Morocco) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Moubarak Boussoufa.

Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco).

Wilfried Kanon (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco).

Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco).

Wonlo Coulibaly (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ismael Traoré (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicolas Pepe.

Foul by Younès Belhanda (Morocco).

Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Achraf Hakimi (Morocco).

Maxwel Cornet (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Morocco. Youssef En-Nesyri tries a through ball, but Sofiane Boufal is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maxwel Cornet with a cross.

Corner, Morocco. Conceded by Sylvain Gbohouo.

Attempt saved. Younès Belhanda (Morocco) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Achraf Hakimi.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Noussair Mazraoui replaces Nordin Amrabat because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Nordin Amrabat (Morocco).

Attempt missed. Nicolas Pepe (Côte d'Ivoire) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wilfried Bony with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Maxwel Cornet (Côte d'Ivoire) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Franck Kessié (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Morocco).

Wonlo Coulibaly (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Morocco).

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Côte d'Ivoire).

Medhi Benatia (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Maxwel Cornet (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Morocco).

Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Côte d'Ivoire).

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Sofiane Boufal replaces Hakim Ziyech.

Foul by Nicolas Pepe (Côte d'Ivoire).

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nordin Amrabat with a cross.

Foul by Serey Dié (Côte d'Ivoire).

Younès Belhanda (Morocco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Egypt22003036
2Uganda21103124
3Zimbabwe201112-11
4DR Congo200204-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria22002026
2Madagascar21103214
3Guinea201123-11
4Burundi200202-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria22003036
2Senegal21012113
3Kenya210134-13
4Tanzania200225-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco22002026
2Ivory Coast21011103
3South Africa21011103
4Namibia200202-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali21105234
2Tunisia20202202
3Angola10101101
4Mauritania100114-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon11002023
2Benin10102201
3Ghana10102201
4Guinea-Bissau100102-20
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