Morocco's striker Youssef El Arabi
Saturday Sep 05, 2015. 19:42
It took Morocco less than ten minutes to secure a 3-0 thrashing of Sao Tome at Estadio Nacional 12 de Julho on Saturday, in matchday two of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
With six points to their name, the Atlas Lions are now three points clear of second-placed Cape Verde, who will be facing Libya in Cairo on Sunday evening, at the top of Group F.
Meanwhile, Sao Tome and Principe are bringing up the rear without a single point under their belt after their first two continental outings, having conceded 10 goals and scored only one along the way.
Malaga winger Nordin Amrabat gave the visitors the lead in the 35th minute, with Granada striker Youssef El Arabi and AS Monaco midfielder Nabil Dirar adding to the locals’ misery minutes later to send Morocco with a three-goal cushion into the break.
And while the rhythm dropped in the second half, the Atlas Lions remained in control to hold onto their advantage until the final whistle.
Munir Mhamdi - Foued Chafik - Issam El Adoua - Marouane Da Costa - Achraf Laazar - Karim El Ahmadi - Mounir Obbadi - Omar El Kaddouri - Nordin Amrabat - Nabil Dirar - Youssef El Arabi