Morocco vs Cote d'Ivoire (AFCON 2019): Atlas Lione defeat Elephant 1-0
- Morocco vs Cote d'Ivoire 1-0 at theAtlas Lions got the better of the West African side in Group D
- Youssef En-Nesyri scored the only goal of the match as Morocco advance into the round of 16
- Herve Renard has defeated his former team he guided to victory at the last AFCON tournament in 2015 for the third time
Morocco vs Cote d'Ivoire ended 1-0 in favour of the North African side as they qualify into the last 16 of AFCON 2019 tournament.
Right from the blast of the whistle, the Ivorians were on the front foot as Sege Aurier delivered a delightful cross in the box for Jonathan Kodjia whose header was cleared off the line by Romain Saiss.
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The Atlas Lions responded in the 18th minute as Youssef En-Nesyri hit the side-netting from a low cross down the right flank.
But the Leganes striker did not miss the second time as he finished off a defence-splitting pass from Nordin Amrabat to make it 1-0 to Morocco in the 23rd minute.
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The Elephants should have equalized two minutes later a Nicholas Pepe spilled a glorious chance after the keeper came out to save Max-Alain Grade's attempt.
En-Nesyri almost got his second of the game as Amrabat sold a dummy to the Ivorian defence but the striker pull off a fine save from goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo.
It stayed 1-0 at half time as there was much to play for in the second half as both teams went into the break to re-strategize.
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Amrabat and En-Nesyri became a thorn in the flesh of the Ivorians as the Al-Nassr star provided another teasing cross to the Leganes striker but his header went just wide in the 73rd minute.
With ten minutes left to play, Pepe was unlucky not have had a last touch to score into an empty net as the ball went agonizingly wide.
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Herve Renard held on to earn a well deserved win as the Atlas Lions book their play into the next round of the competition.
Pepe also tried an acrobatic effort in the 89th minute but Morocco's keeper was at the right place and at the right time to save the ball.
Substitute Noussair Mazroui hit the post late on from a beautiful cross from Achraf Hakimi during time added on.
Meanwhile, TUKO.co.ke had earlier reported that DR Congo players had a post-game selfie with the Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah.
The 26-year-old opened his account in the AFCON tournament with a sublime goal and assisted another as the Pharaoh's won by 2-0.
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