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Benin stun Morocco in shootout for historic win


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Africa Cup of Nations, Last 16 – Morocco 1 (En-Nesyri 76) Benin 1 (Adilehou 53) – Benin win 4-1 on penalties

Morocco star Hakim Ziyech’s 90th-minute penalty miss cost his side dearly as Benin went on to win 4-1 on penalties and reach the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations for the first time.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s equaliser 14 minutes from time got Morocco back into the game after Moise Adilehou’s shock opener and it seemed like they would go through when Benin skipper Stephane Sessegnon felled Achraf Hakimi in the box.

Ziyech sent the goalkeeper the wrong way but saw his effort come agonisingly hit the outside of the post.

Benin played 23 minutes of extra time down to ten men after Khaled Adenon was dismissed for apparently shoving the referee, a second bookable offence.

He left the pitch very reluctantly before engaging in an argument with the Moroccan bench and it remains to be seen if he will play again in the tournament.

The underdogs looked to have been looking to get to penalties from the first minute and their accomplished kicks suggested as much. In contrast Morocco appeared nervy in the shoot-out with Sofiane Boufal blazing over the bar and Youssef En-Nesyri seeing his kick saved.

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7 comments

  1. Congratulations to Benin but Unfortunately, tge Finals have already been scheduled between the Fake Teranga Lions of Senegal vs Cameroon Indomitable lions.

    • Brown Sugar ( Abuja )

      Funny you, non of these fake lions will reach the final. The indomitable Lions are going home today. While the teranga Lions will meet their Waterloo soon. Dont argue this one with me

      • Brown Sugar ( Abuja )

        At least the Atlast Lions has been sent packing by the Squirrels of Benin.

  2. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon feed of Eagles! We are going to thrash Nigeria today and feed on the carcasses of the supper Eagles!

  3. The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon feed on Eagles! We are going to thrash Nigeria today and feed on the carcasses of the supper Eagles like Vultures!

    • Brown Sugar ( Abuja )

      No way, the Lions are weak when fighting in this stage, the Eagles knows exactly how to hurt the Lions.

      Feast of celebration, the Lions meat will be used when we shaak mimbo after a good hunting today.

      • All the same for me. A lion victory….Mimbo .
        A super Eagles victory….Minbo.
        The best of both ah ah ah

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