AFCON 2017: Morocco Edge Togo, Group C Wide Open

AFCON 2017: Morocco Edge Togo, Group C Wide Open

By Johnny Edward:

Morocco came from a goal down to beat Togo 3-1 and move up second of Group C after Cote d'Iviore and DR Congo played out a 2-2 draw. reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


Group C remains open for the top three teams. Morocco now only need a draw in their last match against Ivory Coast to reach the quarter-final, while the Elephants need a win.

Togo, meanwhile face a daunting task to advance to the last eight – they must beat leaders DR Congo by two goals.

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The win was Morocco's third win in 15 AFCON games, while Togo have tasted victory in one of their last 12 in the competition.

Mathieu Dossevi gave the Hawks a fifth minute lead but it was cancelled out by a classy strike by Aziz Bouhaddouz nine minutes later.

Dossevi struck a right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner after a perfect pass from Floyd Ayité following a fast break.

Romain Saiss doubled the lead for the Atlas Lions in the 21st minute before Youssef En-Nesyri goal in the 72nd minute put the game beyond the reach for the Togolese. 

Nesyri collected a pass from Karim El Ahmadi and firing in a left-footed shot from outside of the box which was too hard for Agassa to handle

Adebayor headed over from Dossevi's cross as Togo looked for a route back into the game after the break.

While a late solo run from Ayite ended with him firing a shot inches wide, Togo's hopes of salvaging a result ending with that chance.

Morocco's Deportivo La Coruna midfielder, Faycal Fajr was voted Total Man of the match.

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