Gabon 2-2 Morocco: Both sides qualify for AFCON knockout stages after thrilling Group C draw

Morocco twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Gabon as both teams qualified from Group C for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi hit a stunning free-kick six minutes from the end to save Morocco from an upset by a Gabon side which had eight players ruled out due to COVID-19 infections, including captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Jim Allevinah’s goal put Gabon ahead at half-time but former Southampton forward Sofiane Boufal equalised with a 75th-minute penalty, only for Aaron Boupendza to put Gabon back in front in the last 10 minutes.


The draw ensured both teams qualified for the last 16 as Morocco finished top with seven points, two ahead of second-placed Gabon.

Morocco must wait to find out who they face next, while Gabon will take on Burkina Faso in Sunday’s opening match of the knockout stages.

Gabon had some good fortune for their 22nd-minute opener as a long ball kicked up field by goalkeeper Jean-Noel Amonome was missed by Morocco centre-back Sofian Chakla, who slipped as he attempted to clear and Allevinah came running through to hit it in first time with his left foot.

For all their possession, Morocco struggled to create chances and Gabon might have had two more goals in the first half, showing no signs of missing Aubameyang, who has returned to London for further medical tests after his bout of COVID-19.


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Title: Gabon 2-2 Morocco: Both sides qualify for AFCON knockout stages after thrilling Group C draw
Sourced From: www.skysports.com/football/gabon-vs-morocco/report/457220
Published Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 19:09:00 GMT

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