The Squirrels of Benin produced the first major upset of the 2019 AFCON tournament with a 4-1 penalty shootout win in their Round of 16 clash.
The match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and Benin sent the north Africans packing via penalty shootout in which they converted all their four kicks while Morocco threw away two of their first three kicks.
It is the first time the West African side would reach the last eight of the competition and they did that in extraordinary fashion.
Morocco were clearly pretty match favourites but they soon went behind when the Beninoise took a shock lead through Moise Adilehou in the 53rd minute.
The Moroccans’ woes were further compounded when they were reduced to 10 men, but they drew level from the spot converted by Youssef En-Nesyril in the 90th minute, and held on till full time.
Incredibly, the North Africans were undone by poor skill on penalty kicks when they managed to score just one kick while losing two in their first three efforts.
The Squirrels on their part converted four to win the game on 4-1 scoreline.
By Sab Osuji