Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco advance to 8th with a goal from Selim Amallah

Standard midfielder Selim Amallah scored Morocco’s first goal. In the 16th minute of the game, after a cross from Achraf Hakimi, Ghent’s Tarik Tissoudali attempted a pricked ball, goalkeeper Salim Ben Boina deviated slightly, a defender countered Ayoub El Kaabi’s next attempt then the ball arrived at Selim Amallah . The Standard player kept his cool, played a defender and sent the ball into the net.

The Atlas Lions multiplied the chances, including a header from Nayef Aguerd pushed back by the bar (37th), without managing to take shelter. Tissoudali in particular twice missed the last pass (45th + 1 and 55th) after a good individual action. Amallah just missed the double, his shot from 20 meters failed a few centimeters from the goal.

At the end of the match, the Comorian goalkeeper Ben Boina distinguished himself with a triple reflex parade in front of Nayef Aguerd, Romain Saïss and Adam Masina (78th) then by repelling a penalty from Youssef En Nesyri (83rd).

Morocco, where Tissoudali came out in the 65th minute and Amallah in the 90th, finally doubled the lead at the end of the match thanks to Zakaria Aboukhlal (88th)

The team coached by Vahid Halilhodzic signs a second success in a row and already validates its ticket for the next round.

The Comoros, where Faiz Selemani (Courtrai) played the whole match, concedes a second consecutive defeat.

At 8 p.m., Gabon (3 points) and Ghana (0 points) will face off in the other match of the group.

In Group B, Senegal, one of the favorites, was held in check (0-0) by Guinea, where Ibrahima Cissé (Seraing) played the whole match and Mory Konaté (Saint-Trond) went up to the 78th minute. The two teams share first place in the group with 4 points.

Malawi revived him by overthrowing Zimbabwe 2-1. Gabadinho Mhango (43rd and 58th) netted a brace after Ishmael Wadi’s (38th) opening goal.

The last day, January 18, provides for the Malawi/Senegal and Zimbabwe/Guinea matches.

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