Afcon 2021: Morocco Brush Aside Comoros to Storm to Last 16

Afcon 2021: Morocco Brush Aside Comoros to Storm to Last 16

Rene Otinga
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Despite the win, Morocco will rue a number of missed chances including a penalty miss from Youssef En-Nesyri
  • Selim Amallah and Zakaria Aboukhlal scored in either half to give Morocco a ticket to the last 16
  • Morocco have maximum points from their opening two games

Morocco are through to the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations thanks to what was a routine win over Comoros.

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Morocco secure last 16 ticket after 2-0 win over Comoros. Photo by Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto.
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Goals from Selim Amallah and Zakaria Aboukhlal were enough to see off underdogs Comoros, who were second best for most of the game.

In truth, Morocco should have won the game by a far larger margin if they had taken all their chances as they proved too strong for the tournament debutants at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

Comoros will have their keeper Salim Ben Boina to thank for keeping the scoreline at a respectable margin as the shot-stopper put up an impressive display, but unfortunately could not hold out all the North Africans’ attempts.

For Morocco’s opener, Standard Liege midfielder Amallah did well to squeeze the ball in the net in a crowded box after 16 minutes.

Amallah was also guilty of missing a great chance in the first half, and should have doubled his nation’s lead.

Nayef Aguerd also had a chance but his towering header from a corner came of the underside of the crossbar.

A host of chances fell Morocco’s way, with the likes of Ayoub El Kaabi, substitute En-Nesyri and Amallah all wasting chances.

The Atlas Lions would eventually get their much-needed cushion late in the game when Aboukhlal turned and fired past Boina for 2-0.

Morocco have a 100% record in the competition after their 1-0 win over Ghana in their opening game and will go into their final group game against Gabon with some pressure off them.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and