The Africa Cup of Nations group stage is in complete swing and we’re off to Group C this afternoon as Morocco and Comoros continue their campaigns.
The tiny island nation of Comoros, ranked No132 in the world by Fifa, are making their first ever turn up at the AFCON but gave Gabon a real scare in their opening game, ultimately going down 1-0.
Morocco, meanwhile, began the group stage with a heavyweight clash against Ghana but prevailed as 1-0 winners thanks to a late strike from former Southampton man Soufiane Boufal.
That consequence method Vahid Halilhodžić have chance to book their place in the last-16 with a game to spare, while victory would also go a long way to securing top identify in the group and – in theory – a more favourable knockout stage draw.
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GOAL! Morocco 1-0 Comoros | Selim Amallah 16′
There’s the breakthrough!
Hakimi opens Comoros up with a break down the right but some heroic defending looks set to deny Morocco with one, two, three efforts confined but finally the ball breaks to Amallah and he fires by the bodies and in.
13 mins: Ugh. Comoros have responded pretty well to that early pressure and Hakimi has to divert a dangerous cross behind for a corner but Faïz Selemani goes across to take it and hooks it miles over everyone and out for a goal-kick.
8 mins: Well, they’ve started very severely, the Moroccans, switching the play nicely. Louza benefits to get in down the left this time and he’s got two in red waiting in the middle but his cross can’t beat the only defender between them.
3 mins: That is the latest of late flags. El Kaabi breaks down the right and lays into the middle for Tissoudali, who is fouled from behind by Mohamed Youssouf as he controls and goes to shoot but ultimately the linesman’s flag goes up.
It was El Kaabi offside much earlier in the move and if he wasn’t I reckon we’d have been looking at a Morocco penalty.
Right then, the teams are out – national anthem time.
The state of the group…
Morocco won their opening game against Ghana and as such can book their place in the knockout stages with another triumph tonight.
Comoros, however, realistically probably need at the minimum a point to keep their hopes alive, with a game against Ghana to come in their third fixture.
Ghana, incidentally, take on Gabon in the other game in Group C later on this evening.
This was the Comoros boys arriving a little earlier on…
Here’s what happened in Comoros’ opener…
Comoros team news
Comoros XI: Ben Boina, Benjaloud Youssouf, Abdullah, Abdou, Mohamed Youssouf, M’Dahoma, Youssouf M’Changama, Bakari, Selemani, Bachirou, Ben.
Subs: Abdallah, Alhadhur, Zahary, Abdallah Ali Mohamed, Aboubakari, M’Madi, Ibroihim Youssouf, Bourhane, Mogni, Ali Ahamada, Moussa, Iyad Mohamed.
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