Morocco 1 - 1 Cape Verde

Match info: Africa Cup of Nations - Group A at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Date: 23/01/2013 KO: 18:00 Ref: Janny Sikazwe Att: 25,000

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Youssef El Arabi 78


Cape Verde

Luis Platini 35

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • Well, I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did. I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your week. Cheers all!

  • And that's it! It's been a thrilling end to the game, but in the end the sides have to share the spoils. It's another well-earned point for Cape Verde, despite having conceded the lead, but the result leaves both sides with their own fate in their hands heading into the final round of matches on Sunday.

  • We're into the last minute of stoppage time, and is there to be a sting in the tail?

  • We're in for a grand-stand finish here in Durban, and it's end-to-end stuff at the moment. Nadir Lamyaghri has been particularly impressive in the Morocco goal, twice breaking off his line to just get to the ball ahead of a dangerous delivery over the top of the defence.

  • Rachid Taoussi will probably be wishing he'd started with Youssef El-Arabi, who has proven a real handful for the Cape Verde defence since his half-time introduction. Meanwhile, there will be five minutes of added time to be played, of which we've already had two.

  • Third and final change for Cape Verde now with one minute of normal time remaining, Guy Ramos coming on in place of Julio Tavares.

  • Chahir Belhazouani has looked to make an impact since coming on, and he wins his side a corner after some good work inside the area. The set-piece eventually finds its way to El-Arabi, but his driven shot flies just wide of the angle.

  • It's been a thrilling end to the game, and maybe based on Morocco's play in the last 20 minutes, a draw might be considered a fair result.

  • So close to El-Arabi's second, and what would have probably been a match-winner here tonight as he gets on the end of a corner but can only head his effort inches wide of the up-right.

  • Almost an instant reply from Cape Verde as Heldon is played in behind the back-four, but Mehdi Benatia just does enough to put the forward off, and his scuffed shot is gratefully saved by the goalkeeper.

  • All it takes is a second, and Morocco are right back in this! Abdelaziz Barrada breaks down the right wing before squaring the ball back for Youssef El-Arabi, who has all the time and space in the world to make sure his first-time hit stayed true before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

  • GOAL! Morocco 1-1 Cape Verde! Youssef El-Arabi!

  • Second change for Cape Verde now, with Ryan Mendes, arguably tonight's Man of the Match, making way for Heldon.

  • A rare moment of threat from the Moroccans, with Karim El Ahmadi breaking down the wing before putting the ball into the area, but Mounir El Hamdaoui's first-time hit was way off target and flew miles over the crossbar.

  • A change for Cape Verde now, with Amado Rony coming on for the influential Luis Platini.

  • That earlier yellow card for Younes Belhanda proved to be his last piece of action for the evening, with the Montpellier forward making way for Kamel Chafni. That's all three changes made by the Morocco coach, with around 20 minutes still to go here in Durban.

  • Neves Nando is the latest player to go into he book after bringing down Youssef El-Arabi on the edge of the area. The resulting free-kick isn't too far away from goal, but Josimar Vozinha can eventually watch the ball sail past the top corner.

  • As it turns out, a yellow card was shown, but it went to Abdelaziz Barrada for arguing over the decision to play-on. Questionable refereeing at best.

  • Hmmm. It looked for all the world that Marco Soares would be heading into the referee's notebook for a very rash challenge on Luis Platini, but the refereee unbelievably waves play-on, much to the disgust of the Moroccan players and technical staff.

  • That's a pretty big booking for Younes Belhanda, who picks up a yellow for a dangerous, studs-up challenge, and that will rule him out of the final group stage clash against South Africa in Durban on Sunday. Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi will not be happy with that one bit.


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