Second place belongs to the Leopards of Congo DR. Three Bundesliga professionals (Noussair Mazraoui, Amine Adli, and Silas) all move deeper into the tournament thanks to the result.
Hosts Cote d’Ivoire may breathe a sigh of relief as the stars have aligned for them after all. Les Elephants are through to the Round-of-16 as the final third-place team permitted to pass.
The “Great Escape” for Cote d’Ivoire means that the tournament continues for Bundesliga representatives Odilon Kossounou and Sebastien Haller. Neither has seen any action at the competition yet. Haller remains out injured while Kossounou lost his starting place.
Kossounou may nevertheless get another chance as the Ivorians have fired their coach after their humiliating defeat against Equatorial Guinea.
In terms of the two Bundesliga players representing Morocco, Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacker Amine Adli worked his third consecutive shift off the bench. The former French youth international played the entire second half this time. Regrettably for the North Africans, captain and goal-scorer Hakim Ziyech had to be subbed off after 45 minutes. Adli made a strong case for the starting XI with a lively shift on Ziyech’s right flank.
The 23-year-old amassed 25 touches and got two efforts in on target. FCB Bayern München fullback Noussair Mazraoui still wasn’t fit enough to feature in Moroccan trainer Walid Regragu’s matchday squad, but it has been confirmed that the 26-year-old is once again training with the team and may be back in time for the knockouts.
Leverkusen defender Odilon Kossounou hasn’t featured for his country yet. That could easily be about to change as the country’s football federation sacked head-coach Jean-Louis Gasset following Monday’s humiliating loss. The 2015 continental champions much still face defending champs Senegal in the Round-of-16.