Athletics Information of Friday, 5 July 2019
Benin made a main surprise to defeat Morocco 4-1 on penalties and ebook a quarter-last spot at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.
Mama Seibou strike the successful penalty to send 10-person Benin by right after Khaled Adenon experienced been despatched off in extra time.
In an incident-packed tie in Cairo, Moise Adilehou set Benin in advance in advance of Youssef En-Nesyri equalised.
Morocco wasted a opportunity to gain it with the final kick of usual time but Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech’s penalty struck a put up.
Benin scored all their penalties in the shootout by way of Olivier Verdon, David Djigla and Tidjani Anaane ahead of Seibou’s hard work sparked wild celebrations on and off the pitch inside of the Al Salam Stadium.
In what is only their fourth appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, Benin will face the winners of Friday’s late last-16 tie amongst Uganda and Senegal in the quarter-finals on 10 July.
Wasteful Morocco pay out the selling price
Morocco experienced progressed from the team phase with a few wins and with out conceding a goal.
Even with peppering Benin’s goal with 22 pictures in the course of the 120 minutes, they lacked slicing edge and are now on their way residence from a tournament they have been expected to do properly in.
En-Nesyri and Ziyech both equally forced will save from keeper Saturnin Allagbe ahead of Benin took the direct by means of Adilehou’s close-variety volley subsequent a corner.
Morocco had been gifted their equaliser, an horrendous error by Jordan Adeoti enabling Mbark Boussoufa to established up En-Nesyri to hearth below Allagbe.
In the dying times of regular time, Morocco were awarded a penalty when former West Brom and Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon fouled Achraf Hakimi.
Nonetheless, Ziyech’s attempt hit a submit and rebounded to security.
Benin, who superior to the last-16 as a person of the finest 4 third-placed teams in the group stage, played the closing 23 minutes of further time with 10 males when Adenon was despatched off for a next bookable offence.
Morocco struggled to make the added-man benefit count and compensated the price tag as they shed the shootout.
Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal fired around the bar soon after Oussama Idrissi had scored Morocco’s opening penalty just before En-Nesyri’s endeavor was brilliantly diverted on to the bar by Allagbe.