Football: Morocco beat Comoros to reach Cup of Nations last 16

YAOUNDE (AFP) – Morocco secured a spot within the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday (Jan 14) after targets by Selim Amallah and Zakaria Aboukhlal gave them a 2-0 win over the Comoros in Yaounde.

The Atlas Lions may need received by a larger margin with out some heroics from Comoros goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina, who notably saved Youssef En-Nesyri’s late penalty.

Morocco, whose solely Afcon title dates again to 1976, had already overwhelmed Ghana 1-0 of their opening recreation on the match and are actually sure to advance to the knockout phases from Group C.

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Vahid Halilhodzic’s staff went in entrance within the sixteenth minute when the Belgian-born Normal Liege midfielder Amallah scored after the Comoros defence struggled to clear their strains following a low cross into the field by Achraf Hakimi.

Morocco may have doubled their lead earlier than the break however centre-back Nayef Aguerd noticed a header from a nook crash again down off the underside of the crossbar.

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Boina, who performs within the French decrease leagues, then excelled within the second half, saving from a Hakimi free-kick after which producing a outstanding quadruple save on his line, with Adam Masina denied twice in the identical transfer.

The goalkeeper gave away a penalty for crashing into substitute Aboukhlal however redeemed himself by saving En-Nesyri’s spot-kick with seven minutes left.

Nevertheless, Morocco sealed the win within the 89th minute when the Dutch-born Aboukhlal, of AZ Alkmaar, slotted in after being arrange by Amallah.

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The Comoros, the island nation within the Indian Ocean, are nonetheless in search of their first objective and level at their first ever Cup of Nations after dropping 1-0 to Gabon of their opening match.

Gabon and Ghana meet within the different Group C recreation later.

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