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In a match that it dominated, Morocco beat the Comoros on Friday for its second match of CAN-2022 (2-0). A short success which opens the doors to the knockout stages.
The Comoros believed in it but Morocco was too strong. Lacking in realism, the Atlas Lions only obtained a narrow 2-0 success against the Comorians in a match which they nevertheless dominated. The essential is however there with a guaranteed qualification for the next round of the African Cup of Nations.
Dominators from the start of the game, the Moroccans have the good idea to convert one of their first chances. As the ball sailed dangerously into the Comorian penalty area, Selim Allamah got rid of his direct vis-à-vis and scored despite a forest of players facing him (16th, 1-0).
Moroccans helpless before Ben Boina
A decisive opening scoring since the Atlas Lions spend the match chasing after the goal of the break. Nayef Aguerd finds the crossbar by heading a corner from Sofiane Boufal (37th). Then, Ayoub El Kaabi escaped the vigilance of the defense, dribbled Salim Ben Boina but came up against the masterful return of Mohamed Youssouf (43rd). Just before returning to the locker room, he harvests an offering from Tissoudalie (45th + 1)
Dominated, the Comoros do not give up playing forward. Stifled by the pressing from the Moroccans, however, they are struggling to be dangerous. With the exception of many free kicks from Faiz Selemani.
During the second period, it is the goalkeeper Ben Boina who will torment the Moroccan attackers. The goalkeeper of US Marseille Endome, French fifth division, will be masterful. Sofiana Boufal addresses a dangerous center that the Cœlacanthes goalkeeper touches until it is necessary to prevent Ayoub El Kaabi from taking it back (56th).
The goalkeeper will successively repel a free kick from Hakimi (77th), achieve a triple save on his line (79th) and above all stop a penalty from Youssef En Nesyri (83rd) before making a perfect exit in the feet of the latter.
At this stage, the Moroccans are simply disgusted while the Comorians are playing their game. Faiz Selemani and his team ignite the match and the Maghrebins are close to cracking.
The Atlas Lions are released in two stages. Zakaria Aboukhlal adjusts Ben Boina from the surface. The referee whistled offside but the VAR corrected the decision a few minutes later (89th, 2-0)). Goalkeeper Ben Boina can console himself with the man of the match trophy, a first for his country.
Morocco can breathe. He is in the round of 16 thanks to this convincing success despite the lack of realism. He was not surprised by the Comoros who will have to give everything in the last match to snatch a first success in the competition and perhaps hang a repechage for the future.
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