AFCON 2021: Morocco Qualifies To Round of 16

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.

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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.

Group c

  1. Morocco – 6 (qualified)
  2. Gabon – 4
  3. Ghana – 1
  4. Comoros – 0

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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