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samedi 11 novembre 2017

One of the biggest games in the CAF world cup qualifiers comes this weekend as first-placed Morocco travels to Abidjan to face the Ivorians who are second-placed. The two teams are separated by a point and hence the winner of this match will book a place in the world cup.

A group stage exit at the African Cup of Nations signalled their fall from grace earlier in the year and it was Morocco who knocked them out of that competition with a 1-0 win. It’s now just 3 wins from 12 matches for Ivory Coast and they were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Gabon in their last home qualifier.

They will have to be positive here given a draw is no good to them but to make it to Russia they will have to do something no side in this group has done, and that is to score against Morocco. The North Africans have kept five straight clean sheets in this group and they’ve displayed at times that they do offer a threat at the other end. They beat Mali 6-0 in September and were impressive 3-1 friendly winners against South Korea last month.

Ivory Coast will have to be adventurous, so Morocco should have chances on the break but won’t take any unnecessary risks given they only need a point. 9 of Morocco’s last 14 away World Cup qualifiers have ended in draws and with Ivory Coast looking unconvincing, backing the Draw could be worth a bet here.

Ivory Coast Last 6 Matches

06.10.2017 FIFA WCQL Mali 0-0 Ivory Coast
05.09.2017 FIFA WCQL Ivory Coast 1-2 Gabon
02.09.2017 FIFA WCQL Gabon 0-3 Ivory Coast
10.06.2017 CAF NCQ Ivory Coast 2-3 Guinea
04.06.2017 INT FRL Holland 5-0 Ivory Coast
31.05.2017 INT FRL Ivory Coast 1-1 Benin

Morocco Last 6 Matches

10.10.2017 INT FRL South Korea 1-3 Morocco
07.10.2017 FIFA WCQL Morocco 3-0 Gabon
05.09.2017 FIFA WCQL Mali 0-0 Morocco
01.09.2017 FIFA WCQL Morocco 6-0 Mali
10.06.2017 CAF NCQ Cameroon 1-0 Morocco
02.06.2017 INT FRL Rwanda 2-0 Morocco

Morocco vs Ivory Coast HEAD TO HEAD

24.01.2017 NC Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast
12.11.2016 WCQL Morocco 0-0 Ivory Coast
09.10.2015 FRL Morocco 0-1 Ivory Coast
07.09.2013 WCQL Ivory Coast 1-1 Morocco
09.06.2012 WCQL Morocco 2-2 Ivory Coast
21.01.2006 NC Morocco 0-1 Ivory Coast

Morocco vs Ivory Coast Final Qualifiers
Round: 6
 Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny
Referee: Bakary Gassama
Group C
Home match
0 : 0 Away game score

Ireland needed a win on final group game at Wales and a solitary goal from James McClean was enough to send the team to second in the group behind Sebia. It was nothing less than what they deserved after proving to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the competitions. Ireland lost just during their 10 games in the campaign, raked up 5 wins and 4 draws.

Danish head-coach Age Hareide and Ireland boss Martin O’Neil were team-mates with Manchester City and Norwich City.

Denmark: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Schmeichel – Bjelland, Kjaer, Christensen, Larsen – Kvist, Delaney, Eriksen – Sisto, Jorgensen, Cornelius.

Ireland: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)

Randolph – Ward, Clark, Duffy, Christie – Arter, Whelan, Hourihane, Brady – McClean, Murphy.

Denmark vs Ireland: Head-to-head

Ireland are ahead in the h2h meetings with 5 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses from the 13 meetings between the two sides.

Their last meeting was in a friendly in 2007 which resulted in a 4-0 win for the Irish side.

However, the Danes are unbeaten in the last four qualifying fixtures at home against Ireland with 2 wins and 2 draws.

Yet, this is the first meeting between the two team in a qualifying fixture since 1992.

Denmark vs Ireland
FIFA World Cup Qualifying Play-off – UEFA
Date: Saturday, 11th November 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Telia Parken (Copenhagen).

mercredi 25 octobre 2017

Tottenham Hotspur suffered a second-half collapse as they were dumped out in the fourth round of the League Cup by West Ham United on Wednesday.

Spurs led 2-0 at half-time only for West Ham to recover to win 3-2 and join Chelsea, 2-1 winners over Everton, in the last eight. Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli put Spurs in control at Wembley but Andrew Ayew scored twice in five minutes to level the match after an hour.

Angelo Ogbonna then won it for West Ham with the third goal 20 minutes from time, with a superb header into the corner.
Antonio Ruediger put Chelsea in front after 26 minutes and Willian doubled their lead on 90 minutes.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton a glimmer of hope with a goal seconds later but Chelsea hung on for victory.

Cologne shot their way out of the doldrums and into the German Cup round of 16 with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin on Thursday, while Wolfsburg beat Hanover to advance from the second round.

The four-time German Cup champions Cologne came into the second-round match in Berlin in last place in the Bundesliga and without a pointin the Europa League - having scored just four goals in those 12games.

But the German Cup has been Cologne's one bright spot, where they won
their first - and only - match of the season on August 12, a 5-0 first round win over fifth division Leher.

Cologne worked their cup magic again on Thursday with a 3-1 victory in the German capital, snapping a 12-match streak without a win. Simon Zoller started the scoring for Cologne in the 35th minute, while Dominic Maroh doubled the advantage two minutes before the break.

Cologne added a third goal in the 64th minute through Christian Clemens, with the assist going to Zoller, who picked up a goal and assist in Cologne's first-round win over Leher.

Berlin pulled a goal back five minutes later on Niklas Stark's header to make it 3-1. But the hosts could not grab another goal.

In a battle of Bundesliga sides with one title to their names, the2015 winners Wolfsburg got the best of 1992 champs Hanover 1unau-0 at home.

Felix Uduokhai tallied the game-winner in the 49th minute, converting after Daniel Didavi's free kick was stopped.

The three-time winners VfB Stuttgart were another Bundesliga side to advance, beating second division Kaiserslautern 3-1 on the road. Lukas Spalvis pushed Kaiserslautern ahead in the seventh minute before Stuttgart equalized on Daniel Ginczek's penalty after 21 minutes.

The guests decided the game with two goals within five minutes, Chadroc Akolo scoring in the 66th minute and setting up Simon Terodde's tally for 3-1 in the 71st.

The four-time cup winners Nuremberg survived a battle with the third division cellar dwellers Osnabrueck, taking home a 3-2 away win. Osnabrueck jumped ahead after four minutes through Marcos Alvarez's penalty. Nuremberg fought themselves into the game and took the lead on goals by Mikael Ishak in the 38th minute and Tim Leibold in the 50th minute.

Osnabrueck equalized 2-2 after 64 minutes on Christian Gross's header Nuremberg reclaimed the lead 3-2 eight minutes later on Enrico Valentini's strike.

Osnabrueck went a man down in the 76th minute with Furkan Zorba seeing a red card for his professional tackle. The hosts could not come back and grab another upset, having taken down SV Hamburg in the first round.

The highlight of the German Cup second round will come later Wednesday with record champions Bayern Munich playing at RB Leipzig. The other later matches have Jahn Regensburg hosting Heidenheim; Hoffenheim a six-time champions Werder Bremen; and Freiburg welcoming Dynamo Dresden.

 Aberdeen 0 - 3 Celtic
Week: 11
 Pittodrie Stadium
0 : 2 Half-time

Celtic GOALS

13  min GOAL! Aberdeen 0 - 1 Celtic (Kieran Tierney)
39 min GOAL! Chelsea 0 : 2 Everton ( Moussa Dembele)
63 min GOAL! Chelsea 0 : 3 Everton ( Moussa Dembele)

Celtic Next Match

 28.10.2017 SCO PR Celtic FC - Kilmarnock FC

Aberdeen Next Match

25.10.2017 SCO PR Aberdeen FC 0-3 Celtic FC
Chelsea 2 : 1 Everton
Round of 16
 Stamford Bridge
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
1 : 0 Half-time


Caballero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Ampadu, Kenedy; Willian, Batshuayi, Musonda


Pickford; Kenny, Williams, Jagielka, Baines; Davies, Baningime, McCarthy; Lennon, Rooney, Mirallas


 26' min GOAL! Chelsea 1 : 0 Everton (Antonio Rudiger)
90 min GOAL! Chelsea 2 : 0 Everton ( Willian Borges Da Siva)

Everton   GOALS

90+3 min GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Everton (Dominic Calvert-Lewin)

VIDEO Chelsea 2 : 1 Everton

Atalanta beat visiting Verona 3-0 Wednesday to go seventh in the Italian Serie A, converting their dominance into goals from Remo Freuler, Josip Ilicic and substitute Jasmin Kurtic.

The game in Bergamo opened a batch of nine encounters after Inter Milan beat Sampdoria 3-2 Tuesday to go top on 26 points from 10 games.

Napoli trail one point adrift before playing at Genoa. Promoted Verona are 18th on six points.

Before all games this week, team captains read a passage from Anne Frank's diary to censure the acts of anti-Semitism by Lazio fans who at the weekend defamed the victim of the Nazi Holocaust. A copy of the diary is given to the boys and girls accompanying the squads onto the pitch.

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