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TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations / Matchday 1
Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo / 25.01.2022
REPORT: MOROCCO 2-1 MALAWI
Hakimi scores another free-kick stunner to send Morocco into quarter-finals
End of 2nd Half
MOROCCO INTO THE QUARTER-FINALS!
A sensational free-kick from Achraf Hakimi lifts Morocco to a 2-1 win over Malawi and into the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals. Malawi’s Gabadinho Mhango gave his nation a shock lead in the first half with arguably the goal of the tournament from 35-yards out, but a thumping header from Youssef El Nesyri and Hakimi’s set-piece books Morocco’s place in the last eight.
The ball swung into the box is cleared by Amrabat. Aboukhlal brings the ball up the pitch but he is fouled by Banda and that will surely be that.
CAN MALAWI FIND A LATE EQUALISER?
Both teams look extremely tired which is hardly a surprise considering the intensity the frantic first half was played at. SHOT! Hakimi has a go from 30-yards out but Thomu parries it away!
Four minutes of added time.
SUB FOR MOROCCO!
En Nesyri comes off for Aboukhlal.
MOROCCO STILL DOMINATING
Morocco have had 76 per cent possession and are continuing to look to etend their lead.
For Morocco, El Haddadi is on for Boufal and Barkok comes in for Louza.
For Malawi, Fodya comes on for Madinga while Davie is in for Sanudi. Idane is replaced by Ngalande.
An unmarked En Nesyri shoots from close range, but Phiri Junior makes a fantastic goal-saving block to keep Malawi in this.
CAN MALAWI GET BACK INTO THIS?
Hakimi's fantastic free-kick looks to have taken the wind out of Malawi's sails for now. The visitors are still sitting deep, waiting for an opportune moment to find an equaliser.
HAKIMI'S SUBLIME GOAL
GOAL! HAKIMI SCORES A STUNNING FREE-KICK!
What a fantastic goal from the PSG right back! It is perfection. He curls his second goal of the tournament right into the top corner beyond Thomu. A special goal from a special player.
Mhango is booked for his protests towards the referee because he feels this free-kick from 30-yards out should be further away.
Hakimi's low cross into the box looks to come off the left hand of Chembezi as he slides in to make a block. VAR will check this... but there will be no penalty!
Mmaee cuts inside with Hakimi on the overlap, but the forward elects to shoot and his low shot on goal deflects wide! The following corner comes to nothing.
Madinga's teasing cross from the right almost finds Mbulu at the near post but both him and Bounou miss it! There's appeals from the Malawi players for a spot-kick but there appeared to be little contact on the forward.
No complaints from Sanudi after he brings down Boufal on the flank.
MALAWI DEFENDING DEEP
Boufal and En Nesyri both attempt to drive teasing crosses into the box but Malawi clear their lines. A second Morocco goal feels inevitable with Malawi legs tiring.
Masina attempts to find Mmaee at the far post but his cross is overhit and Malawi can regain some rare possession. The Watford defender has not had one of his best games so far this evening.