MATCH CENTRE

TUE 29 MARCH 2016, 22:00, CASABLANCA

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El Arabi sends Morocco to Gabon 2017

by BackPageTXT

Tue March 29, 23:19

Morocco booked their ticket for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals after sealing a 2-0 win over Cape Verde in Marrakech on Tuesday, in their fourth Group F outing.

Top of the group on 12 points with two games remaining, they are assured of a first place finish.

Defeated 0-1 by the Atlas Lions in Praia in the reverse fixture last Saturday, the Blue Sharks failed to turn things around on Moroccan soil with again first leg hero Youssef El Arabi as the executioner.

Following a goalless opening half, the Granada striker gave Morocco the lead from the penalty spot shortly after the restart, after Sofiane Boufal was fouled inside the box by Carlos Daniel Silveira da Graça ‘Kay’.

The latter received his marching orders to add to Cape Verde’s misery, with the visitors down to ten men for the remaining 40 minutes.

And El Arabi completed his brace just past the hour mark to seal the qualification for the Atlas Lions.

The back-to-back wins over Africa’s top-ranked nation handed two-time AFCON-winning coach Hervé Renard a whirlwind start to his tenure as Morocco head coach, as well as the opportunity to compete for a third continental crown in Gabon.

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