AFCON 2019: Benin eliminate Morocco to shock the footballing world

The national team of Benin became the first team to qualify for the quarter finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after shocking Morocco in the Round of 16.

The Squirrels thus qualified for their first ever quarter finals of the AFCON after eliminating one of the favorites Morocco 4-1 on post-match penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation time at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Friday evening.

Benin scored their penalties through Olivier Verdon, David Djilga, Anane Tidjani and Seibeou Mama. The Atlas Lions on their end scored only one of their penalties through Oussama Idrissi.

The team’s most dependable players in attack Sofiane Boufal and Youssef En-Nessyri both missed as Morocco paid the penalty for their complacency.

Benin only qualified to the round of 16 after a final day 0-0 draw with defending champions Cameroon squeezed them through as one of the best four third placed teams.

Morocco Head coach Herve Renard’s hope of making history by becoming the first coach to win the AFCON title with three different teams came up in smoke as his Moroccan outfit came short of expectation.

Senegal also reached the quarter finals when they defeated Uganda 1-0 at Cairo International Stadium.

Sadio Mane scored the only goal, his third of the tournament after 15 minutes and soar to the summit of the scorers chart. However, Mane was denied a brace when Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango saved his penalty on the hour mark.

Senegal will play the tournament surprise package Benin on Wednesday, July 10 at the Cairo-based 30 June Stadium with a place in the semifinal at stake.
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