GROUP C OF AFCON GETS UNDERWAY Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE updates from the opening game in Group C of the African Cup of Nations. One of the tournament's favourites, Morocco, face four time winners Ghana in what promises to be a fascinating game at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé

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Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo / 10.01.2022
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Pete Sharland
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Pete Sharland
Updated 10/01/2022 at 17:50 GMT
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FULL TIME - MOROCCO HAVE DONE IT
90' It's a winning start for Morocco, as Boufal's second international goal is enough to earn them a winning start to Group C
Morocco
MOROCCO GO DEFENSIVE
89' Now a couple of changes for Morocco - Aboukhlal and are off, Sofyan Amrabat and Soufiane Rahimi come on
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Ghana
PANIC TIME FOR GHANA

86' Double change for Ghana - Jordan Ayew, Joseph Paintsil and Kamaldeen Sulemane are replaced by Benjamin Tetteh, Fatawu Issahuku and Daniel-Kofi Kyereh
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Sofiane Boufal
Goal
Sofiane Boufal
Morocco
Morocco
GOAL - MOROCCO 1-0 GHANA
83' We have the opener! Boufal's whips a snap shot past Wollacott from point blank range after a loose ball fell kindly for him in the area. What a time to score!
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Morocco
FIRST CHANCE
78' Morocco make the first move in terms of substitutes - Louza is replaced by Tarik Tissoudali
Ghana
GHANA GAINING MOMENTUM
75' Ghana are beginning to turn up the heat now. They have another chance, although this is a much more simple save as Saiss tamely nods towards his own goalkeeper after Andre Ayew headed the back of his head! Both players are now receiving treatment
Ghana
CLOSE!
72' Terrific effort from Paintsil, who forces a terrific save out of Bounou with a 22-yard strike that is curling towards the top corner before being acrobatically tipped wide
Morocco
ANOTHER WASTED SET PIECE
70' Achraf Hakimi wins a free-kick down the Morocco right, but the set-piece comes to nothing as Imran Louza floats a ball over everybody and out for a goal-kick
MORE GROUP C ACTION LATER
68' This is the opening game in Group C, but there is more to come later as Comoros, who have qualified for the tournament for the first time, take on Gabon, who will be without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He is missing following a positive COVID-19 test

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Ghana
GHANA CHANCE
65' And the striker goes straight down the other end and volleys a tough chance wide. That is the closest Ghana have come in this second half
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Ghana
AYEW BOOKED
64' Andre Ayew becomes the second Ghana player to pick up a yellow card for a foul on Boufal
CHANGES NEEDED?
60' It's still goalless as we hit the hour mark. Which manager will reach for their bench first as they look to shuffle their pack? Both teams have attacking options to throw on, should they so choose
Morocco
MOROCCO CLATTER WIDE

59' Aboukhlal tries his luck from a very ambitious angle and skews a shot well off target
ACTION ELSEWHERE
56' It may be goalless in this clash, but there has been a bit more drama in the other AFCON game currently underway, as Guinea lead Malawi 1-0
Morocco
BOUFAL DENIED
52' Morocco work their way into the box and Boufal sees a clever back-heel cleared. The Atlas Lions eventually win a corner which they take short but waste
Morocco
FINAL BALL STILL LACKING
50' Morocco are enjoying the best of the early exchanges in this second period, but they are still unable to find an attacking head with several crosses and free-kicks, with Boufal the latest culprit as his clipped ball sails over everybody
2nd Half
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MORE ACTION IN THE SECOND HALF?
46' We are back underway. No changes made by either side at the break. Let's hope for a bit more action over the next 45 minutes
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End of 1st Half
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ALL SQUARE AT THE BREAK
45+1' And the referee has seen enough. Morocco 0-0 Ghana at the break, with neither team doing enough in the final third to force an opener, though perhaps Morocco have shaded it
ADDED TIME
45+1' We're into an additional 60 seconds