Morocco celebrate after scoring
Saturday Mar 25, 2017. 10:01
Morocco brushed aside Burkina Faso 2-0 in an international friendly match at the Stade de Marrakech in Marrakech on Friday night.
Herve Renard, the Morocco coach, handed M'barek Boussoufa the team captaincy, while Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Faycal Fajr also started.
Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte named in-form Ajax Amsterdam striker Bertrand Traore in his starting line-up, while Issoufou Dayo captained the team.
The deadlock was broken four minutes after the half-hour mark and it took something special to beat Burkina Faso goalkeeper Dauoda Diakite.
The 28-year-old midfielder Fajr curled the ball into the top corner from outside the box beating Diakite hands down to make it 1-0 to Morocco.
The Lions of the Atlas managed to hold on to their narrow lead until the match referee blew the half-time whistle and Morocco were leading 1-0 at the interval.
The home side searched for another goal against the Stallions, who were struggling to contain the Lions of the Atlas, in the opening stages of the second-half.
It was soon 2-0 to the Lions of the Atlas following a great move by Renard's side much to the delight of the home crowd in the 64th minute.
Aziz Bouhaddouz, who plays for German Bundesliga Two side St Pauli, was sent through on goal and the striker made it 2-0 with a powerful low shot.
The Stallions did push for a consolation goal in the late stages of the game, but Morocco held onto their two goal lead and ultimately, they emerged 2-0 winners.