AFCON 2021: Morocco Qualifies To Round of 16
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Morocco has qualified for the final 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday with a 2-0 win over Comoros in Yaounde, thanks to goals from Selim Amallah and Zakaria Aboukhlal. AFCON 2021: Morocco qualifies to round of 16 at the ongoing African Cup of Nations.
Without some heroics from Comoros goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina, who famously stopped Youssef En-late Nesyri’s penalty, the Atlas Lions might have won by a larger margin.
Morocco, whose last Afcon title came from 1976, had already defeated Ghana 1-0 in their opening game and are now likely to move from Group ‘C’ to the knockout stages.
The Comoros defense struggled to clear their lines after a low ball into the box by Achraf Hakimi, and Vahid Halilhodzic’s squad went ahead in the 16th minute when Belgian-born Standard Liege midfielder Amallah scored.
Morocco had a chance to extend their lead before halftime, but Nayef Aguerd’s header from a corner was deflected against the underside of the crossbar.
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With seven minutes remaining, the goalie gave up a penalty after colliding with substitute Aboukhlal, but he made amends by saving En-spot-kick Nesyri’s.
Moroccans clinched the victory in the 89th minute when Aboukhlal, a Dutchman who plays for AZ Alkmaar, slid home after being set up by Amallah.
Morocco will now face Gabon in their last group game while Ghana clashes with Comoros.
- Morocco – 6 (qualified)
- Gabon – 4
- Ghana – 1
- Comoros – 0