MATCH CENTRE

SUN 23 JUNE 2019, 16:30, AL SALAM STADIUM, CAIRO

1
VS
0

Keimuine's own-goal helps Morocco edge Namibia

by Staff Reporter

Sun June 23, 18:35

Morocco secured a 1-0 victory over Namibia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group D match at the Al Salam Stadium in Egypt on Sunday afternoon.

The Atlas Lions got off to a bright start as they applied some pressure on the Brave Warriors defence which was led by England-based defender Ryan Nyambe.

Namibia goalkeeper Llyod Kazapua was called into action 10 minutes into the match and he produced a fine finger-tipping save to keep out Nabil Dirar's long-range shot.

Morocco's star player Hakim Ziyech then unleashed two shots which missed the target as the 1976 Afcon champions pushed for the opening goal.

The Brave Warriors defence was looking solid and impenetrable which forced the Atlas Lions to shoot from distance.

Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Ziyech pulled the trigger from range in the 35th minute and Kazapua was well-positioned to make a save.

The score was 0-0 at the interval with Namibia having frustrated Morocco in the first-half.

The Brave Warriors continued to frustrate the Atlas Lions attackers, who were unable to seriously test Kazapua in the Namibia goal-posts.

Just before the hour-mark, Morocco head coach Herve Renard decided to introduce attacker Sofiane Boufal, who is on the books of English Premier League side Southampton.

The skillful winger tried to make an immediate impact when he unleashed a shot from the edge of the Namibia box, but Kazapua produced another great save.

Pressure mounted on the Namibia defence and the Moroccans were unfortunate not to score when Ziyech's deflected shot was brilliantly cleared away by Kazapua in the 71st minute.

Renard's charges never lost hope and their pressure paid off as Itamunua Keimuine scored an own-goal from Ziyechi's freekick in the 89th minute to seal Morocco's victory over Namibia.

Morocco (0) 1 (Keimuine 89')
Namibia (0) 0

Morocco: Bounou, Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss, Dirar, Ait Benasser (El Ahmadi ,69') Boussoufa, Bourabia (Boufal 58'), Ziyech, En-Nessyri (Boutaib 78'), Amrabat.

Namibia: Kazapua, Hoaseb, Nyambe, Hoareb, Hanamub, Katjijere, Starke (Papama 64'), Shitembi, Hotto (Stephanus 87'), Shalulile, Limbondi (Keimuine 80').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE AL SALAM STADIUM, CAIRO
MOROCCO GOALS NAMIBIA GOALS
17. Itamunua Keimuine (89') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
MOROCCO STARTING LINEUP NAMIBIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
2
Defender
6
6
Defender
19
Defender
5
Defender
4
Midfielder
7
Defender
22
Midfielder
14
2
Midfielder
58'
18
Midfielder
80'
11
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
78'
7
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
64'
10
Midfielder
69'
15
Midfielder
12
Forward/Striker
69'
78'
19
Forward/Striker
13
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sofiane Boufal
Midfielder
58'
9
Marcel Papama
Midfielder
64'
15
Karim El Ahmadi
Midfielder
69'
8
Willy Stephanus
Midfielder
78'
8
Karim El Ahmadi
Midfielder
69'
8
Itamunua Keimuine
Forward/Striker
80'
17
Khalid Boutaib
Forward/Striker
78'
13
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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