This is the cold shower in Abidjan. Forced to win to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Ivory Coast has completely disillaged Saturday in the “final” group C qualifying by sinking 2-0 against Morocco, which validates his ticket to Russia and renews with the World Cup 20 years after his last participation in 1998!

Having already eliminated the Elephants at the 2017 Cup of Nations, HervĂ© Renard again plays a nasty trick to his former selection which remained on three consecutive participations in the big party of the ball …

Better in the game, the Atlas Lions were signaled by several alerts on the Ivorian goal. Gradually, however, the locals began to raise their heads, just like Gervinho’s shot past and Zaha’s rush not far from getting a penalty.

However, it was at this point that Morocco took the lead thanks to a center of Dirar, eccentric on the right, that no one took back and who surprised Gbohouo (0-1, 25th).

If the goalkeeper of the Elephants pulled out to deflect the free-kick of Ziyech, it was signaled by a new mistake in the wake by hesitating to leave a corner of Boussoufa. Badly scored by Gbamin, captain Mehdi Benatia took the opportunity to make the break at the back post (0-2, 30th).

Ivorians had to score three times to reverse the trend. All against a defense that has not yielded once in 6 games in these playoffs …

In failure against a block opponent compact and tactically in place, the men of Marc Wilmots failed to sound the revolt. On the contrary, after the locker room, after another error Gbohouo, it was a bailout of Aurier disaster on his line to prevent Boussoufa to register the goal of 3-0 that would have definitely ended the hopes of Ivorians.

It was necessary to wait until the hour of play to see the Selefanto put really the pressure, especially via Zaha. Aurier had an opportunity. But, surprised that the ball returned to him, the former Parisian knocked over. Far too late against an opponent in place, the Ivorian alarm clock did not change anything after this match and this group.

It is Morocco that will go to Russia, and it is not stolen. Ivorian side, Wilmots, who has all the error of casting, can prepare his suitcases …

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