05 Jul Morocco v Benin Match Report, 05/07/2019, Africa Cup of Nations
Mama Seibou scored the decisive penalty as Benin spat out Morocco on penalties within an eventful Africa Cup of Nations past -16 conflict in Cairo.
Hakim Ziyech’s missed spot-kick in the end of regular time proved expensive as Morocco endured a jolt 4-1 penalty shoot-out defeat to Benin at Friday’s action-packed opening Africa Cup of Nations final -16 tie, which finished 1-1.
Much-fancied Morocco won three of the group games with a 1-0 scoreline and so were overwhelming favourites to defeat a Benin facet who improved with three consecutive draws, and so were debutants from the knockout rounds.
However, Ziyech missed a penalty six minutes into additional time following Youssef En-Nesyri had scored overdue on to cancel outside Moise Adilehou’s opener against the run of play.
And despite getting Khaled Adenon sent off in extra time, Benin came out on leading at the shoot-out, together with Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri the gamers to overlook.
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En-Nesyri and Ziyech were denied by Saturnin Allagbe at the very best of their first-half opportunities.
Morocco was able to inject some urgency in their game early in the second half and also Younes Belhanda skied another fantastic opportunity over the crossbar.
They had been penalized for their profligacy with 53 moments played Benin defender Adilehou created the most of a few lacklustre defending to deliver a controlled volley beyond Yassine Bounou.
Boufal missed the goal using his free header however, only when Morocco appeared to have run out of thoughts, Jordan Adeoti was caught in possession by Moubarak Boussoufa high up the pitch and En-Nesyri made no error when played on goal.
Ziyech then struck the post with his last-gasp punishment following Stephane Sessegnon had brought down Achraf Hakimi from the box, until Adenon has been shown a second yellow for dissent seven minutes into additional time.
However, Herve Renard’s men failed to discover a means through and they had been second best from the shoot-out, together with Mama Seibou reversing the critical punishment for jubilant Benin.
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Benin’s first-ever AFCON quarter-final is going to probably be against either Senegal or Uganda.
Crucial Opta Facts:
– Morocco haven’t won a knockout stage match in the Africa Cup of Nations because February 2004, a semi-final success over Mali (4-0).
– Boufal is the participant who has finished the maximum dribbles (14) at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
– En-Nesyri has been directly engaged in four of Morocco’s past six goals from the Africa Cup of Nations (three goals, one assist).
– Adilehou is the first defender to score a target for Benin from the Africa Cup of Nations.