Africa Cup of Nations - Round of 16
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Benin win 4-1 on penalties

Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco 1-1 Benin (Benin win 4-1 on pens)

Southampton's Sofiane Boufal missed as Benin beat Morocco 4-1 on penalties
Southampton's Sofiane Boufal missed as Benin beat Morocco 4-1 on penalties

Benin produced a major surprise to beat Morocco 4-1 on penalties and book a quarter-final spot at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

Mama Seibou hit the winning penalty to send 10-man Benin through after Khaled Adenon had been sent off in extra time.

In an incident-packed tie in Cairo, Moise Adilehou put Benin ahead before Youssef En-Nesyri equalised.

Morocco had a chance to win it with the last kick of normal time but Hakim Ziyech's penalty struck a post.

Benin scored all their penalties in the shootout through Olivier Verdon, David Djigla and Tidjani Anaane before Seibou's effort sparked wild celebrations on and off the pitch inside the Al Salam Stadium.

In what is only their fourth appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, Benin will face Senegal in the quarter-finals on 10 July.

Wasteful Morocco pay the price

Morocco had progressed from the group stage with three wins and without conceding a goal.

Despite peppering Benin's goal with 22 shots during the 120 minutes, they lacked cutting edge and are now on their way home from a tournament they were expected to do well in.

En-Nesyri and Ziyech both forced saves from keeper Saturnin Allagbe before Benin took the lead through Adilehou's close-range volley following a corner.

Morocco were gifted their equaliser, an horrendous mistake by Jordan Adeoti allowing Mbark Boussoufa to set up En-Nesyri to fire under Allagbe.

Benin's players celebrate after beating Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations
Benin are through to the quarter-finals despite not winning a match in normal time - all four games have been draws after 90 minutes

In the dying moments of normal time, Morocco were awarded a penalty when former West Brom and Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon fouled Achraf Hakimi.

However, Ziyech's attempt hit a post and rebounded to safety.

Benin, who advanced to the last-16 as one of the best four third-placed teams in the group stage, played the final 23 minutes of extra time with 10 men when Adenon was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Morocco struggled to make the extra-man advantage count and paid the price as they lost the shootout.

Southampton's Sofiane Boufal fired over the bar after Oussama Idrissi had scored Morocco's opening penalty before En-Nesyri's attempt was brilliantly diverted on to the bar by Allagbe.

Analysis

BBC Sport's Nick Cavell

In truth this really wasn't a very good game at all. Benin sat deep, they wanted to soak up the pressure that Morocco put on them. They did that. They were looking to maybe break on the counter attack or take their moment at a set-piece, which is what they did. They got a goal from a corner, as they hoped.

Morocco just didn't pass the ball well enough. There didn't seem to be enough urgency, until after that Benin goal. Then they stepped up a gear and seemed to really push forward and got the equaliser.

They even got a penalty that could have won them the game and even in extra time, when they had an extra man, they didn't seem to have any way of playing together as a team.

They have got lots and lots of talent. There are lots of players who are great but they just couldn't get it together. Benin go through thanks to their determination and defensive ability.

Line-ups

Morocco

  • 1Bono
  • 17DirarSubstituted forMazraouiat 74'minutes
  • 4da Costa
  • 6Saïss
  • 2Hakimi
  • 14Boussoufa
  • 8El AhmadiBooked at 100minsSubstituted forFajrat 107'minutes
  • 10BelhandaSubstituted forBoufalat 59'minutes
  • 7Ziyech
  • 19En-Nesyri
  • 16N AmrabatSubstituted forIdrissiat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Mazraoui
  • 5Benatia
  • 9Boufal
  • 11Fajr
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Boutaïb
  • 15Aït Bennasser
  • 18Bourabia
  • 20Idrissi
  • 21Abdelhamid
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 23Baadi

Benin

  • 16Allagbe
  • 18SeibouBooked at 105mins
  • 13Adilehou
  • 3AdénonBooked at 97mins
  • 6Verdon
  • 11Imorou
  • 14SoukouBooked at 51minsSubstituted forDjiglaat 69'minutes
  • 8Adeoti
  • 17Sessegnon
  • 20DossouSubstituted forAnaaneat 87'minutesBooked at 106mins
  • 10PotéSubstituted forD'Almeidaat 108'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Farnolle
  • 4Anaane
  • 5Salomon
  • 7Djigla
  • 12Kiki
  • 15D'Almeida
  • 19Segbe Azankpo
  • 21Kossi
  • 22Fassinou
  • 23Kakpo
Referee:
Hélder Martins de Carvalho
Attendance:
7,500

Match Stats

Home TeamMoroccoAway TeamBenin
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away29

Live Text

Match ends, Morocco 1(1), Benin 1(4).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Morocco 1(1), Benin 1(4).

Goal!

Goal! Morocco 1(1), Benin 1(4). Mama Seibou (Benin) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Morocco 1(1), Benin 1(3). Tidjani Anaane (Benin) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Sofiane Boufal should be disappointed.

Goal!

Goal! Morocco 1(1), Benin 1(2). David Djigla (Benin) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Morocco 1(1), Benin 1(1). Oussama Idrissi (Morocco) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Morocco 1, Benin 1(1). Olivier Verdon (Benin) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Morocco 1, Benin 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Morocco 1, Benin 1.

Attempt missed. Manuel da Costa (Morocco) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Romain Saïss.

Attempt missed. Tidjani Anaane (Benin) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sessi D'Almeida.

Foul by Noussair Mazraoui (Morocco).

David Djigla (Benin) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Saturnin Allagbe (Benin).

Attempt missed. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Moubarak Boussoufa.

Attempt missed. Manuel da Costa (Morocco) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Faycal Fajr.

Attempt saved. Faycal Fajr (Morocco) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Noussair Mazraoui.

Offside, Morocco. Sofiane Boufal tries a through ball, but Youssef En-Nesyri is caught offside.

Foul by Noussair Mazraoui (Morocco).

David Djigla (Benin) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Achraf Hakimi.

Noussair Mazraoui (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Djigla (Benin).

Substitution

Substitution, Benin. Sessi D'Almeida replaces Mickaël Poté.

Substitution

Substitution, Morocco. Faycal Fajr replaces Karim El Ahmadi.

Booking

Tidjani Anaane (Benin) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tidjani Anaane (Benin).

Second Half Extra Time begins Morocco 1, Benin 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Morocco 1, Benin 1.

Booking

Mama Seibou (Benin) is shown the yellow card.

Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mama Seibou (Benin).

Foul by Oussama Idrissi (Morocco).

Emmanuel Imorou (Benin) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Tidjani Anaane (Benin).

Corner, Benin. Conceded by Youssef En-Nesyri.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Egypt33005059
2Uganda31113304
3DR Congo31024403
4Zimbabwe301216-51

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Madagascar32105237
2Nigeria32012206
3Guinea31114314
4Burundi300304-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Algeria33006069
2Senegal32015146
3Kenya310237-43
4Tanzania300328-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco33003039
2Ivory Coast32015236
3South Africa310212-13
4Namibia300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Mali32106247
2Tunisia30302203
3Angola302112-12
4Mauritania302114-32

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ghana31204225
2Cameroon31202025
3Benin30302203
4Guinea-Bissau301204-41
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