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AFCON Round-up: Title holder knocked out

AFCON Round-up

The last round of Group C matches in the 2017 African Cup of Nations witnessed the elimination of defending champions Ivory Coast by Morocco who came in second place while DR Congo finished top of the table.

Hervé Renard, who won the 2015 AFCON title with Ivory Coast as their head coach, led Morocco to qualify from the AFCON group stages for the first time in 13 years.

Morocco vs Ivory Coast

The Elephants started the game knowing that a win is a must in order to qualify, while Morocco only needed a tie to secure a spot in the next round.

Ivory Coast didn’t seem to cause any danger to Morocco as the game started unlike what was expected from them. Rachid Aliou took advantage of a counter-attack and scored the only goal for the Atlas Lions from a brilliant shot coming from outside the box. The Moroccan defence line didn’t find any problems afterwards from their opponents even after their lead.

The defending champions were not up to expectations and only had two chances in the game.

DR Congo vs Togo

The Leopards managed to secure their qualification beating and eliminating Togo 1-3 to sit on top of the group with seven points.

Junior Kabananga scored the opener for DR Congo and his third in three games. As the first half started, Ndombe Mubele doubled the lead with a superb loop. Togo tried hard to at least tie the score and was close to doing so after Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba scored but Paul-Jose M’Poku made sure to kill any remaining hope for Togo scoring the third for DR Congo from a free-kick.

DR Congo will play against Group D runners-up in the AFCON quarter-finals which will either be Ghana, Egypt or Mali.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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