FT: Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast. All over here, as Morocco make it two wins from two and secure a place in the knockout stages. Ivory Coast were not really at the races, with Wilfried Zaha again overlooked. They still have work to do to qualify. Thanks for joining us. Goodnight.
- 2nd Half
- Boussoufada Costa90'
- El Ahmadi69'
- 1st Half
Morocco - Ivory Coast
Africa Cup of Nations - 28 June 2019
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CROSSBAR! Mbark Boussoufa, who has just come on, clips a lovely cross into the path of the onrushing Mazraoui at the back post, he looks odds-on to score, but sees his close-range effort cannon out off the crossbar.
With his back to goal Traore takes a touch to tee himself up and then performs an overhead kick. It’s on target but the keeper saves without bother. Four minutes of added time...
Belhanda pulls back Bony, knows exactly what he is doing, and earns himself a yellow card.
Boufal twice tries to beat his man, but each time comes up short.
SAVE! Great jinking run from Belhanda, he then fires for goal, but Gbohouo throws up a hand to make a smart stop.
Change for Morocco with Noussair Mazraoui on for Amrabat. A fine display.
Pepe fires the cross into the middle, which us much better, but Morocco scramble it clear.
Again, poor delivery and Morocco clear. Had so many options to aim for and another waste.
Amrabat concedes a free-kick on a dangerous position for Ivory Coast. Needs a good delivery.
Change for Morocco with Sofiane Boufal on for Ziyach.
Amrabat whips the cross into the middle, En-Nesyri gets his head on it, but cannot guide the ball on target.
It remains a mystery...
Aurier finally gets to leave the pitch, with Mamadou Bagayoko on in his place. No Wilf then...
It was Traore with the challenge. El Ahmadi goes into the book for protesting!
NO PENALTY! Hakimi breaks into the box, looks set to pull the trigger, goes down under challenge but the referee is having none of it.
Blow for the Elephants, with Aurier unable to continue through injury.
Time for a change for Ivory Coast, but it is not Zaha, with Wilfred Bony replacing Seri.
A flowing Moroccan move: Ziyech to Boussoufa to Hakimi to no one! The final ball goes astray after the Atlas Lions swept 30 yards forward and into the box.
Great ball in from Ziyach, but En-Nesyri cannot guide the header on target.
Free-kick to Morocco in a dangerous position...
Dreadful from Pepe as he loses possession to Amrabat. So poor from a talented winger.
And here is that change, with Maxwell Cornet on for Gradel.
Ivory Coast needs to mix things up here. This is not working.
Great challenge from Aurier on Amrabat, who was mid-flow on one of his rampaging runs.
Hakimi, who loves to get forward, cuts inside, but his effort is blocked behind for a corner.
Better from The Elephants. Gradel whips a cross into the middle but gets too much on it.
Back under way here, where this man's goal separates the sides.
It most certainly is, Nick!
HT: Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast. High intensity contest with Morocco deservedly holding the lead. En-Nesyri has been the target, but Hakimi, Ziyach and Amrabat have been the orchestrators. There are more goals in this...
One minute of added time here...
Seri then lets fly from distance, but that is always heading over.
SAVE! Straight down the other end, Serey Dié drills for the top corner, but Bono springs to his left, flings up a hand, and tips the effort over. Fine stop again.
SAVE! Brilliant counter attack from Morocco, Hakimi threads it across for En-Nesyri, who shoots first time, but Gbohouo is down smartly to make a fine save.
Serge Aurier cuts onto his left and clips a cross into the middle, but gets too much on it and the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
Unselfish from Amrabat, as he picks up the ball on the edge of the box after a poor clearance, but elects to thread it through for En-Nesyri, only for the defender to cut it out.
Max Gradel is drifting inside to try and influence things, but he cannot get on the ball.
En-Nesyri is again the target, but he cannot quite get on the end of a cross.
The goal in all its glory! Look at that run...
Great free-kick into the middle from Ziyach, but Traore is there to clear well.
Real intensity to this now after the opener. The Elephants have responded well.
CHAAAAANCE! Almost an immediate equaliser for Ivory Coast! Morocco 'keeper Bono hurtles from his line, dives at the feet of Gradel, can only block so far as Pepe, who drills into the side netting, with defenders scrambling to get back on the line.
All about the build-up play from former Watford defender Nordin Amrabat, who jinked past several challenges before slotting in En-Nesyri, with the striker finishing well into the bottom corner.
GOOOOOOOAAAALLLLLLL!!!!! Morrocco 1-0 Ivory Coast. Lovely finish from En-Nesyri as he gives the Atlas Lions the lead.
As close as we have come so far. Kodja remains very much the target for Ivory Coast.
Nice pace to this game now, with both sides committing plenty forward in attack.
WIDE! Great effort from Youssef En-Nesyri at the near post, but the ball whistles just past the post and gets caught in the side netting. Half the ground thought it was in!
Jean Michaël Seri gives Fulham fans a reminder of how he flopped this season as he whips a free-kick into the middle and it fails to beat the first man.
Nicolas Pépé with a lovely ball in for Ivory Coast, but it evades everyone and goes out of play.
Very ambitious effort from Hakin Ziyach (as he is called when representing his country, over Ziyech), as he curls a free-kick well over the top.
Ivory Coast goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo races from his line to clear, and gets so much on it he almost catches his counterpart out down the other end!
Achraf Hakimi twists and turns as he tries to make space for the shot, but he eventually runs the ball behind for a goal kick.
Won't sleep tonight now...
Saiss is the target down the other end, but he is penalised for a push.
Morrocco are struggling to get a foothold in this. Their sluggishness luckily went unpunished.
OFF THE LINE! Almost the perfect start for Ivory Coast as Jonathan Kodja gets up highest, heads for goal, it beats the goalkeeper, but Wolves' Romain Saïss gets back to flick the head over the top off the line!
KICK OFF! Here we go! Remember, the winner is guaranteed a place in the knockout rounds...
Before we get under way, here are highlights of today's early kick off, as Mali and Tunisia shared the spoils...
Anthems time! A boisterous crowd are in attendance this evening...
A FAMILIAR FACE: Herve Renard, Morocco's former Ivory Coast coach, is bidding to win the tournament with a third different side, having won in 2012 with Zambia and 2015 with the Ivorians. Whatsmore, Renard's Morocco knocked the Ivory Coast out in the 2017 group stages - and then denied them a World Cup place a few months later with a 2-0 win in Abidjan.
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ZAHA IN BENCH. He has been talk of the town today, but Wilfried Zaha is kept out of the limelight tonight, starting on the bench for his country. Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa keeps his place in the side in Zaha's absence. Nine of the players who start for Morocco today also started when they beat Ivory Coast 2-0 in Abidjan in 2017.
TEAM NEWS - MORROCCO: Bounou; Dirar, Benatia, Saïss, Hakimi; Belhanda, El Ahmadi; Amrabat, Ziyech, Belhanda; En-Nesyri... Subs: Mazraoui, Bennasser, Fajr, Da Costa, Boufal, Idrissi, Boujab, EL Kajoui, Abdelhamid, Bourabia /// IVORY COAST: Gbohouo; Aurier, Traoré, Kanon, Wonlo; Serey Die; Pépé, Seri, Gradel; Kodjia... Subs: Ira, Doumbia, Zaha, Assalé Cornet, Bony, I Sangaré, Bagayoko, B Sangaré.
The teams are in...
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the African Cup of Nations clash between Morocco and Ivory Coast from Cairo. These two giants of African football go head to head in Group D, with the winners guaranteed a place in the knockout stages after 1-0 wins in their first games.