GTB 737 banner Yudala banner

Defending champions Ivory Coast crash out of 2017 AFCON

By News Express on 25/01/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 885


Defending champions Ivory Coast on Tuesday crashed out of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, after losing their last Group C game by a lone goal to Morocco.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Morocco beat Ivory Coast 1-0 to reach the AFCON quarter-finals and knock out the champions.

Rachid Alioui scored with a terrific shot from 24 yards to earn the win for Morocco and their coach Herve Renard, who led the Ivorians to the 2014 title.

Ivory Coast needed a win to go through but gave a listless performance, creating only two notable chances.

Wilfried Zaha shot weakly from 12 yards, while Salomon Kalou’s header from a tight angle clipped a post.

The Elephants lacked urgency in their play and will now go home after appearing not to put up a fight.

Even after going behind, they were unable to cause the organised and disciplined Moroccan defence any problems.

Morocco went into the game knowing that a draw was very likely to be enough to qualify from Group C and their game plan from the start was to stay compact and hit on the counter-attack.

It served to frustrate their opponents, who opted for the long-ball approach but failed to find any penetration.

Morocco could have added a second goal on the counter-attack but 19-year-old full-back Hamza Mendyl shot into the side netting after running half the length of the pitch.

They will play the winner of Group D in the last eight on Sunday.

NAN also reports that DR Congo reached the AFCON last eight as Group C winners with a victory that eliminated Togo.

Tournament top scorer Junior Kabananga converted Chancel Mbemba’s pass for the opener, his third goal in three games.

Kabananga hit the post with a flicked header before Ndombe Mubele doubled the lead after the break, looping the ball over the keeper amid static defending.

Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba’s tidy finish gave Togo hope, but Paul-Jose M’Poku’s free-kick secured a deserved DR Congo win.

DR Congo will go on to play the Group D runners-up in the quarter-finals, which will be either Mali, Ghana or Egypt. (Victor Okoye/NAN)

•Photo shows Moroccan ace Rachid Alioui whose goal ended Ivory Coast’s title defence . . . Tuesday in Gabon.

Source News Express

Posted 25/01/2017 05:55:07 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
FG orders arrest of ex-ministers, govs, others over...

Journalists offer tips on how to boost Kaduna...

Army parades Boko Haram suspects

Cloudy weather to persist today with chances of...

Forbes Billionaires: Bill Gates remains No. 1, Dangote...

Council of State disappoints prophets of doom, says...

Navy moves against kidnappers in Lagos

Boko Haram releases new video of abducted Chibok...

DSS above the law?: Intersociety alleges widespread rights...

Petrol sells at N300 a litre as scarcity...

Anambra 2013 Guber Race: Who’s afraid of Willie...

Buhari warns illegal miners

 

Latest News Bayelsa agog as 300 indigenes exiled by electoral violence return home Proscription: We are aware of FG’s antics — IPOB IPV6 Council harps on early migration, visits Internet solutions Oil merchant convicted over issuance of dud cheques Buhari jets out for ECOWAS Task Force Meeting on Common Currency Today’s weather outlook as forecast by NiMet Minister identifies the biggest obstacles to 2019 elections Vigilante kills self while testing gun charm on his body Germany extends invitation to Nigerian start-ups Man bursts into newsroom, stabs top radio presenter in the neck Ezekwesili bags global democracy appointment Judge’s absence stalls FG’s $406.8m suit against Shell

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (288,231 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (271,395 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (218,775 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (184,287 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (179,723 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (162,594 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (141,002 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (128,857 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (123,935 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (114,371 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (112,319 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (104,675 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (30) Business (2,734) Business Verdict (25) Columnists (758) Complaints & Requests (93) Enterprise & Opportunities (184) Entertainment (396) Features (497) Global Business Monitor (187) International (1,592) Interviews (134) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (79) News (29,568) Opinion (828) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,996) Religion (645) Sports (1,340) Stock Watch (23) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

UBA mobile app

CBN Words on marble

 

 

#MonkeyPox outbreak

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!