Atlas Lions end Ivory Coast friendly with positive draw

Atlas Lions end Ivory Coast friendly with positive draw

The friendly match between the Moroccan national team and its Ivorian counterpart ended with a goal-for-one draw, this Saturday evening.

The course of the first quarter-hour of the match was characterized by great hostility between both sides.

The 22nd minute saw the first real threat in the match from the Ivorian national team after a defensive lapse by Yahia Attiyat Allah, but Nayef Aguerd’s intervention prevented the ball from hitting the net, before the latter returned to clear a similar ball around the 26th minute after a lapse by goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.

Around the 37th minute, the Moroccan national team had an attempt through Ghanem Saiss’s header, which passed over the Ivorian national team’s net, before Sebastien Haller responded with a goal for the host country.

The reaction of the members of the Moroccan national team remained modest at the beginning of the second round, while the Ivorian national team continued its offensive maneuvers and threatened Yassine Bounou’s goal, while the defensive lapses of the Moroccan team continued.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s teammates tried to put pressure on the hosts in the last half hour of the match and looked for opening passages to reach Yahia Fofana’s goal, but all the offensive movements were modest and did not pose any danger to the Ivorian team.

The Ivorian team was close to strengthening the score with a second goal in the 80th minute through substitute Simon Adinkra, before Moroccan substitute Ayoub El Kaabi succeeded in adjusting the score for the Moroccan team in the 81st minute, bringing  the match to a draw.


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