CAN 2024: Ivory Coast qualified if… Update on the 3rd group and possible scenarios

CAN 2024: Ivory Coast qualified if… Update on the 3rd group and possible scenarios

Three small points, a historic humiliation at home and still qualifying for the round of 16 of the African Cup of Nations? Ivory Coast, crushed by Equatorial Guinea for its last group match (0-4) can still believe in its chances of progressing to the 8th. Explanations.

Out of six groups, the four best 3rd will be in the final table of this CAN 2024. Theoretically, with 3 points and a negative goal difference, the Elephants should not have believed it. But, the scenario in Group B, again this Monday, gave hope to the host country. Ghana, conceding a draw against Mozambique (2-2), finished 3rd in this group with two small points on the clock, which already places a nation behind Ivory Coast in the 3rd ranking.

Possibilities in group C, E and F

All that remains is to place a second one. Several possibilities exist. In Group C, if Cameroon and Gambia draw, regardless of the score, it will be good for qualification for Ivory Coast. In Group E, a defeat for Tunisia against South Africa combined with a setback for Namibia against Mali would be a bonus for Jean-Louis Gasset’s men.

In group D, none of the countries could mathematically finish behind Côte d’Ivoire in the 3rd ranking. On the other hand, the tour is more than playable in group F. Morocco and DR Congo, favorites of the group, face, respectively, Zambia and Tanzania. A victory for both teams would limit Zambia, 3rd for the moment, to two points and would also send Ivory Coast into the 8th. In short, everything is still possible!


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