Morocco beat Ivory Coast to advance at Cup of Nations

Morocco fans before the match against Ivory Coast at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on June 28, 2019. (Reuters)

Morocco reached the knockout stage of the Africa Cup of Nations after beating Ivory Coast 1-0 on Friday to serve notice that they are one of the sides to beat at the tournament in Egypt.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s 23rd-minute goal ensured a second win in Group D for Morocco, who move onto six points and join fellow heavyweights Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria with a 100 percent record.

The win came after a polished performance by the north African side, one of the pre-tournament favorites but whose only success in the continental championship came 43 years ago.

The goal was brilliantly crafted by Noureddine Amrabat’s mazy run as he eliminated four players, before a short ‘no-look’ pass set up En-Nesyri for a left-footed finish.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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