BIG MATCH: MOROCCO V IVORY COAST

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Defending champions the Ivory Coast have a prodigious task ahead on Tuesday evening as they seek a quarter-final ticket at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

It will probably be a game and a half for the Elephants as they sit in third place with two points from two games.

They face North African opposition in Morocco who are now coached by Herve Renard, the man who lead them to AFCON success in the last edition in Equatorial Guinea.

Two repeated draws have put them in an uncertain position as they group games come to an end. Nothing short of a victory will be good enough for Ivory Coast who will love to keep their fate in their own hands.

Michel Dussuyer has an enormous task on his hands against an improving Moroccan side who put aside the disappointing loss to surprise group leaders DR Congo to beat Togo forcefully.

New Elephant Wilfried Zaha has shown flashes of brilliance in the tournament but has to do better to guide his side to victory.

 

Wilfried Bony and team captain Serey Die scored in the second group game against the DRC and will once again will be key to Ivory Coast getting anything in the game.

Morocco has improved with each passing game in the competition as Herve Renard goes in search for a hat-trick of AFCON titles.

The Frenchman won the title with Zambia in 2012 and was also led the Elephants of Ivory Coast to win the last edition in 2015.

Renard will come up against a team he knows very well, a factor, that might give him an edge over the Ivorians.

Mbark Boussafa was at the heart of most of Morocco’s positive plays in the game against Togo and is predictable to once again do the business in midfield for the North Africans.

Captain Mehdi Benatia will once again lead from the back. The Juventus defender has been a rock in a guard for Morocco and he will come up against a pay Ivorian attack.

Teenage striker Youssef En-Neysri has given Renard a selection headache for the game against the Ivory Coast.The Malaga striker came off the bench in the last group game and did very well, scoring Morocco’s third goal in the 3-1 defeat of Togo.

A draw might be good enough for the Morocco but they definitely won’t go into the game against Ivory Coast with that mindset as it may prove counterproductive.

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Defending champions the Ivory Coast have a prodigious task ahead on Tuesday evening as they seek a quarter-final ticket at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.Captain Mehdi Benatia will once again lead from the back. The Juventus defender has been a rock in a guard for Morocco and he will come up against a pay Ivorian attack.
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