• NT: Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco poised for make-or-break showdown

    (FIFA.com)

    Match of the weekend

    Morocco 3-0 Gabon

    The Moroccans capitalised on Côte d'Ivoire's Friday-night stumble in Mali in style, easing past Gabon 3-0 to move into top spot in Group C. Khalid Boutaib was the star of the show, hitting a perfect hat-trick – his first goal was a glancing header, his second a right-footed volley and his third an emphatic left-footed finish – to fire his country to victory.

    The Atlas Lions are now in pole position and know that a draw in their final game – a potentially explosive showdown away to the Elephants on 6 November – would be enough to take them through.

    The quote

    "We knew that today's match was only a semi-final. Now we can go to Abidjan with more confidence, without having to take too many risks and with our fate in our own hands, albeit mindful that it'll be a tough game. We beat Côte d'Ivoire at this year's Africa Cup of Nations, so we know we can do it again." – Morocco coach Herve Renard

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