Saturday, June 15, 2013

Morocco 2 - Gambia 0

Morocco were at home in Marrakech to face off against Gambia.  The Moroccans used an early goal to calm any nerves they may have felt.  A chip from inside the box from Youssef El-Arabi to Abdelazziz Barrada allowed Barrada to turn and shake off three defenders before firing home for the opening goal of the match.  Morocco nearly had a second five minutes on, but El-Arabi's blast was saved by Gambia goalkeeper Bubacarr Sanyang.  Gambia proved the more dangerous side for the remainder of the half due to the exploits of attacking midfielder Sanna Nyassi (pictured, red), but they could not find the equalizer in the first period.  Morocco led 1-0 at the conclusion of the half.

Five minutes into the second half, Morocco were vibrant in attack down the left flank.  Barrada slotted a ball to the half circle to an unmarked Younes Belhanda. Belhanda curved a simple shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.  Nyassi would draw a penalty kick for Gambia later on, but Pa Modou Jagne lifted the penalty kick well over the crossbar, and from then on the intensity dropped in the Gambian team.  Morocco win 2-0.

Cote d'Ivoire 10 pts +8
Morocco 8 pts +1
Tanzania 6 pts 0
Gambia OUT

Abdelaziz Barrada 3
Younes Belhanda 51

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