MATCH CENTRE

SUN 13 AUGUST 2017, 19:00, CAIRO

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Morocco grab crucial away goal in Egypt

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sun August 13, 21:13

Egypt were held to a 1-1 draw by Morocco in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier on Sunday.

The Northern Zone first-leg match took place at the Alexandria Stadium in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

The Pharaohs, who were taking part in the CHAN qualifiers for the first time, took an early lead.

Ahmed El-Sheikh converted from the spot-kick just four minutes into the game after Egypt were awarded a penalty.

It was nearly 2-0 to Egypt a minute before the half-hour mark as they pressed the Atlas Lions.

However, Hossam Hassan's well-taken shot went just wide of the post as the hosts looked to double their lead.

Morocco stood firm in the remaining minutes of the first-half and the score 1-0 to Egypt at the interval.

The Atlas Lions had a bright start to the second-half and they managed to level matters seven minutes after the restart.

Raja Badr was the man, who rose highest to head home a well-taken set piece - making it 1-1 in the process.

Morocco were then awarded a penalty on the hour-mark with the Atlas Lions being handed a chance to take the lead for the first time.

However, Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Awad produced a beautiful save to deny Badr from the spot-kick.

Although, both sides launched late attacks, they could not score and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
EGYPT MOROCCO
Goalkeeper
23
Goalkeeper
12
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
22
Defender
12
Defender
18
Defender
3
Defender
3
Defender
7
Defender
2
Defender
6
Defender
4
Defender
2
Defender
5
Defender
15
Defender
6
13
Midfielder
11
Defender
4
Midfielder
8
Defender
20
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
19
21
Midfielder
22
Midfielder
19
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
17
21
Midfielder
21
Midfielder
11
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
17
15
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
20
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
13
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
18
Forward/Striker
9
Forward/Striker
10
Forward/Striker
7
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