Morocco enjoyed a 2-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in Agadir on Thursday night, in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying tie.
Unanswered goals from Youssef El Arabi and Yacine Bammou either side of half-time gave the North-Africans a comfortable cushion going into the second leg.
Morocco came close to opening the scoring just before the half-an-hour mark, when Issah El Adoua’s effort from the edge of the box struck the woodwork.
However, Granada striker Youssef El Arabi broke the deadlock from close range two minutes later, before missing a great opportunity to double the Lions’ lead on 36 minutes.
Mehdi Benatia and his teammates took their narrow advantage into the break, but ended down to ten men just after the restart with defender Adil Karrouchi receiving a straight red card.
It didn’t prevent FC Nantes striker Yacine Bammou from making it 2-0 with a smooth finish on 66 minutes, with the Moroccans holding onto their lead until the final whistle.
The Lions will be looking to finish the job when they travel to Bata on Sunday 15 November.