AFCON last-16: MORROCO beats Malawi to secure a place in the quarter-final.


The Atlas Lions made a disastrous start as an incredible Gabadinho Mhango strike gave the underdogs the lead.

However, Youssef En-Neysri got the crucial equaliser on the stroke of half time.

And Achraf Hakimi put the Moroccans on course for the quarter-final with a brilliant free kick.

Malawi took the early lead through a wonderstrike from Mhango, but it didn’t take long for Morocco to respond.

The Atlas Lions threw absolutely everything at the opposition and eventually got their reward just seconds before half time with an En-Nesyri header.

Hakimi then stole the headlines with 20 minutes to go as he converted an outstanding free kick from long range to secure the place in the final eight.

Whilst it is Morocco who progress, Mario Marinica will undoubtedly be proud of his team who had made it to the round-of-16 in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history.

Morocco book their place in the quarter-finals!

Malawi put in a great performance, but were ultimately outclassed by their opponents.

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