Alioui strike sends Morocco through as Ivory Coast crash out

 Rachid Alioui scored a brilliant goal to send Ivory Coast out of the Africa Cup of Nation in a 1-0 win for Morocco.

Ivory Coast began the game knowing that they had to win to stay in the competition, while Morocco looked to contain them in the first half.

It was Morocco who went close to opening the scoring first, when Fajr whipped a free kick against the crossbar. Ivory Coast took longer to get going, with Wilfried Zaha and Salomon Kalou both wasting good chances towards the end of the half.

In the second half, Aloui scored an exceptional chipped goal over Gbohouo which left Ivory Coast ruing their lack of vim, and they failed to pull themselves out of their slumber.

Morocco were happy to hold onto their lead and sit back, knowing it would send them through.

Ivory Coast couldn’t raise their game, and duly found themselves knocked out of the tournament after another disappointing performance.

TALKING POINT

Morocco may face an injury crisis: Rachid Alioui left the game with minutes to go despite being a subsitute, and Aziz Bouhaddouz went off with an injury in the first half. Bouhaddouz has been a busy presence in the group stages, and Alioui showed an exceptional eye for goal. They urgently need one or both of them to recover for the knockout stage.

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