The extensions, we did not escape during this duel for a place in the semi-finals of the 33rd AFCON between two heavyweights of African football, Egypt and Morocco.
It all started early in the game when Ayman Ashraf mowed down Achraf Hakimi in the penalty area, referee Maguette N’Diaye did not whistle him but still put his hand on his headset.
After checking the situation on the control screen, he awards a penalty to Morocco. The latter is perfectly transformed by Sofiane Boufal! 1-0 for Morocco!
Subsequently, the Atlas Lions, timid away from their superb, forget to play and leave the ball for a whole half-time, to laborious and inefficient pharaohs in view of the several dangerous shots suffered and where Bounou was shown saving at least three goals.
Everything will collapse for the men of Wahid Hallidovic ten minutes after the return from the locker room when Egypt equalizes by the inevitable Mohamed Salah who scores his 2nd goal of the competition.
On a corner Abdelmonem imposes a heading in the surface and places a powerful header repelled by Bounou. Alone in the small rectangle, the Egyptian number 10 as a good surface fox executes the Atlas Lions goalkeeper.
The rest will only be the story of time management where we played to neutralize each other until the end of regulation time with this single brilliant blow through a recovery from Nayef Aguerd pushed back on his crossbar by the gradien Gabaski who gets hurt on the action. The referee will whistle the end of regulation time on this zero score.
And what had to happen happened, with his body game Mohamed Salah, with a jerk, the best player of the game (one goal one assist) eliminates in depth, Aguerd crosses from the right at the far post for Trézéguet, who, left alone, concludes with a flat foot! Egypt move to 2-1 ahead.
To do this, it overthrew Morocco and all its hopes. On the face of perhaps the dullest match of this competition, the qualification of the Pharaohs is deserved. As for the Atlas Lions, it’s not that they played badly, it’s that they didn’t play at all, they saw themselves as too beautiful, believing they had achieved their ends too early in this AFCON. .
On the other hand, it is very difficult to understand Wahid’s very approximate coaching with changes of which he is the only one to have the secret and which annoy ordinary Moroccan spectators. Growls in perspective. In the meantime there are other deadlines including the Qatar World Cup and the coach, if coach will stay, has no right to miss, no one in the football world will forgive him.