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Drogba Saves Ivoirians

A late Didier Drogba penalty goal saw Ivory Coast salvage a 1-1 draw against Morocco at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan in their final Group C 2014 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The Ivoirians had to come from a goal behind to earn the draw after a somewhat sloppy performance.

The result did not matter much as Ivory Coast had already topped the group and earned automatic progression into the final stage of qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Morocco were playing for pride and put up a heroic performance that saw them dominating large parts of the first half, but for all their possession they were unable to break down a stubborn Ivorian defence.

The second 45 finally saw the Moroccan dominance pay dividends as they took the lead in the 53rd minute through a well-taken Youssef El Arabi goal, 1-0.

Ivory Coast seemed to awaken from their slumber after going a goal down and began to mount a comeback, but while they were able to fashion chances in front of goal their finishing was poor.

Nonetheless, the home side continued to push forward and were awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute that Drogba made no mistake in slotting home to draw the match, 1-1.

The result means Ivory Coast finish top of the group on 14 points while Morocco finished second on nine points.

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