Africa Cup of Nations - Group C
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Afcon 2021: Morocco reach last 16 with victory over Comoros

Selim Amallah of Morocco celebrates his goal with Achraf Hakimi
Morocco have won the Africa Cup of Nations once, in 1976

Morocco advanced to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Comoros in Group C.

Selim Amallah fired in a loose ball to open the scoring, and Zakaria Aboukhlal slotted in to complete the win for the Atlas Lions in the last minute.

They will be far from satisfied with a wasteful performance which included a missed penalty by Youssef En-Nesyri.

Comoros keeper Salim Ben Boina put in a hugely impressive display but could not prevent a defeat for the debutants.

Morocco have maximum points from their opening two games but were sloppy in front of goal - to the obvious frustration of coach Vahid Halilhodzic on the touchline.

Atlas Lions profligate in front of goal

The North Africans deserved their lead through a well-taken goal from Standard Liege midfielder Amallah in a crowded box and should have doubled their advantage before half-time.

Nayef Aguerd was unlucky to see his towering header from a corner cannon off the underside of the crossbar before the ball was scrambled away.

In the second half they continued to dominate possession and created opportunity after opportunity, but were still unable to capitalise.

Ayoub El Kaabi, substitute En-Nesyri, Amallah and others all wasted chances in front of goal, while Boina came into his own in the latter stages of the game.

He denied Morocco three times in one goalmouth scramble when the Atlas Lions seemed certain to score.

Ten minutes before time the Coelacanths keeper brought down Aboukhlal, but he saved the subsequent penalty and blocked several other chances as the minutes ticked away.

Youssef En-Nesri penalty
Morocco forward Youssef En-Nesri, who plays his club football at Sevilla, saw his 83rd-minute spot-kick saved

Boina was finally beaten for the second time when Aboukhlal turned and shot in the 90th minute to give Morocco a more respectable winning scoreline.

Comoros created the occasional chance and fully contributed to an entertaining game but were outclassed, at least in terms of possession and passing, and their wait for a first goal and first point at their maiden Nations Cup finals goes on.

The islanders' final chance in Cameroon is on Tuesday evening against Ghana in Garoua (19:00 GMT).

Morocco, meanwhile, remain in Yaounde for their last group game against Gabon, whilst the Atlas Lions already have their eyes on the next round of the competition.

Line-ups

Morocco

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Bono
  • 2HakimiBooked at 42mins
  • 6Saïss
  • 5Aguerd
  • 3Masina
  • 4S Amrabat
  • 28TissoudaliSubstituted forFajrat 65'minutes
  • 15AmallahBooked at 41minsSubstituted forOunahiat 90'minutes
  • 7LouzaSubstituted forAboukhlalat 65'minutes
  • 17BoufalSubstituted forEl-Haddadiat 76'minutes
  • 9El KaabiSubstituted forEn-Nesyriat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Ounahi
  • 10El-Haddadi
  • 11Fajr
  • 12Mohamedi
  • 13Chair
  • 14Aboukhlal
  • 18Chakla
  • 19En-Nesyri
  • 20Alakouch
  • 22Tagnaouti
  • 24Mmaee
  • 27Rahimi

Comoros

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Ben Boina
  • 19YoussoufSubstituted forMoussaat 89'minutes
  • 12M'Dahoma
  • 6Abdou
  • 15YoussoufSubstituted forZaharyat 65'minutes
  • 13AbdullahSubstituted forBourhaneat 59'minutes
  • 22BakariSubstituted forMogniat 89'minutes
  • 10M'ChangamaBooked at 18mins
  • 8BachirouSubstituted forYoussoufat 89'minutes
  • 7SelemaniBooked at 17mins
  • 21Ben Nabouhane

Substitutes

  • 2Abdallah
  • 3Alhadhur
  • 4Zahary
  • 5Ali Mohamed
  • 11Aboubakari
  • 14M'Madi
  • 17Youssouf
  • 18Bourhane
  • 20Mogni
  • 23Ahamada
  • 25Moussa
  • 26Mohamed
Referee:
Sadok Selmi

Match Stats

Home TeamMoroccoAway TeamComoros
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Morocco 2, Comoros 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Morocco 2, Comoros 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Morocco. Youssef En-Nesyri tries a through ball, but Munir El-Haddadi is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco).

  5. Post update

    Younn Zahary (Comoros) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zakaria Aboukhlal (Morocco) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Munir El-Haddadi with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco).

  8. Post update

    Youssouf M'Changama (Comoros) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    VAR Decision: Goal Morocco 2-0 Comoros (Zakaria Aboukhlal).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Morocco. Azzedine Ounahi replaces Selim Amallah.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Comoros. Djoumoi Moussa replaces Mohamed Youssouf.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Comoros. Ahmed Mogni replaces Saïd Bakari.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Comoros. Ibroihim Youssouf replaces Fouad Bachirou.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Morocco 2, Comoros 0. Zakaria Aboukhlal (Morocco) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Selim Amallah.Goal awarded following VAR Review.

  15. Post update

    Zakaria Aboukhlal (Morocco) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Comoros).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Zakaria Aboukhlal (Morocco) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Achraf Hakimi.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco).

  19. Post update

    Youssouf M'Changama (Comoros) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cameroon22006246
2Burkina Faso21012203
3Cape Verde21011103
4Ethiopia200215-40

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Guinea21101014
2Senegal21101014
3Malawi21012203
4Zimbabwe200213-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morocco22003036
2Gabon21102114
3Ghana201112-11
4Comoros200203-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nigeria11001013
2Guinea-Bissau10100001
3Sudan10100001
4Egypt100101-10

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ivory Coast11001013
2Algeria10100001
3Sierra Leone10100001
4Equatorial Guinea100101-10

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gambia11001013
2Mali11001013
3Mauritania100101-10
4Tunisia100101-10
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