05 Jul

2019 AFCON: Morocco 1-1 Benin - Ten-man Benin win 4-1 on penalties to reach quarter-finals

Benin have advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after beating pre-match favourites Morocco on penalties at the Al Salam Stadium on Friday.

The match ended 1-1 after the entire duration of the 90 minutes with goals from Moise Adilehou and Youssef En-Nesyri for Benin and Morocco respectively.
 
Defender Moise Adilehou gave Benin the lead in the 53rd minute with his right footed shot inside the box after Cebio Soukou's corner.
 
But the afternoon was far from straight-forward, when the 2017 quarter-finalists fought back to level the score in the 75th minute through Youssef En-Nesyri.
 
Hakim Ziyech's 90th minute penalty struck the post after Hakimi Achraf was fouled by captain Stephane Sessegnon.
 
Defender Khaled Adenon was marched off by the referee after picking a second yellow card on the 97th minute.
 
The Atlas Lions of Morocco could be found guilty of squandering their clear cut chances in the extra time.
 
The game travelled to penalty shootouts to determine who seal the berth into the quarter-finals and the Squirrels of Benin triumphed with a 4-1 victory over the two-time winning coach Herve Renard.
 
By: Opoku Augustus @OpokuAugustus
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