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Morocco reach World Cup at Ivory Coast's expense

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Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 2-0 victory away to Ivory Coast, who missed out on a fourth consecutive appearance at the finals.

Goals from defenders Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia in Abidjan ensured that Morocco would finish as Group C winners.

Morocco needed only a draw in their last group game to finish top of the standings ahead of the Ivorians, who had to win to clinch a place in Russia.

After weathering an early storm, including a potential penalty call, Morocco scored two goals in the space of five minutes.

Dirar opened the scoring off a cross-turned-shot on 25 minutes and Benatia doubled the lead after a corner on the half-hour.

It is another achievement for Morocco's French coach Herve Renard, who famously won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast in 2015.

Morocco, who completed their qualifying campaign with maximum points and no goals conceded, last appeared in a World Cup in 1998 in France.

They topped the group on 12 points, four above the Ivorians. Gabon, who earlier drew 0-0 with Mali in Franceville, finished with seven and bottom-placed Mali five.

Line-ups

Ivory Coast

  • 16Gbohouo
  • 17Aurier
  • 6Gbamin
  • 5Kanon
  • 19DeliSubstituted forKonanat 45'minutes
  • 12FofanaSubstituted forCornetat 62'minutes
  • 15GradelBooked at 90mins
  • 14KessiéBooked at 10mins
  • 9Zaha
  • 7Doumbia
  • 10GervinhoSubstituted forKalouat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ble
  • 2Maiga
  • 3Konan
  • 4Traoré
  • 8Kalou
  • 11Cornet
  • 13Doukouré
  • 18Traoré
  • 21Assalé
  • 22Bagayoko
  • 23Sangaré

Morocco

  • 12Mohamedi
  • 17Dirar
  • 5Benatia
  • 6SaissBooked at 22mins
  • 2Hakimi
  • 14Boussoufa
  • 8El Ahmadi
  • 10BelhandaSubstituted forFajrat 90+1'minutes
  • 7ZiyechSubstituted forAmrabatat 82'minutes
  • 13BoutaibSubstituted forBencharkiat 75'minutes
  • 16Amrabat

Substitutes

  • 1Bounou
  • 3Chafik
  • 4Banoun
  • 9Boufal
  • 11Fajr
  • 15Mahi
  • 18Harit
  • 19Amrabat
  • 20Mendyl
  • 21Bencharki
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23Alioui
Referee:
Bakary Gassama

Match Stats

Home TeamIvory CoastAway TeamMorocco
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home24
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Côte d'Ivoire 0, Morocco 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Côte d'Ivoire 0, Morocco 2.

Booking

Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mbark Boussoufa (Morocco) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Faycal Fajr replaces Younès Belhanda.

Foul by Ghislain Konan (Côte d'Ivoire).

Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire).

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

Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Achraf Bencharki (Morocco).

Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nabil Dirar (Morocco).

Foul by Ghislain Konan (Côte d'Ivoire).

Achraf Bencharki (Morocco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Seydou Doumbia (Côte d'Ivoire) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Romain Saiss.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Sofyan Amrabat replaces Hakim Ziyech.

Hand ball by Serge Aurier (Côte d'Ivoire).

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire).

Nabil Dirar (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ghislain Konan (Côte d'Ivoire).

Achraf Bencharki (Morocco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Morocco).

Substitution

Substitution, Côte d'Ivoire. Salomon Kalou replaces Gervinho.

Foul by Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire).

Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Achraf Bencharki replaces Khalid Boutaib.

Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Côte d'Ivoire).

Nabil Dirar (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mbark Boussoufa (Morocco).

Attempt saved. Nordin Amrabat (Morocco) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Khalid Boutaib.

Corner, Côte d'Ivoire. Conceded by Romain Saiss.

Seydou Doumbia (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco).

Max Gradel (Côte d'Ivoire) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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