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2021 AFCON quarterfinal preview: Egypt v Morocco

Mohamed Salah of Egypt celebrates victory after scoring profitable penalty right through the 2021 Africa Cup of Countries Afcon Finals Final 16 fit between Ivory Coast and Egypt at Japoma Stadium, Douala, Cameroon on 26 January 2022 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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The Quarterfinals on the General Energies Africa Cup of Countries 2021 match continues with Egypt taking over Morocco on the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde at the night time of Sunday 30 January 2022.

Egypt have been unimpressive within the team degree, coming house a far off 2d in Team D in the back of Nigeria, however their sluggish growth persisted on Wednesday night time once they held the Ivory Coast to a 0-0 draw over 120 mins, prior to triumphing 5-4 on consequences. The Pharaohs regarded extra vigorous in assault – with Elephants goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangare referred to as upon a number of instances – and superstar guy Mohamed Salah was once buoyed via having scored the decisive penalty within the shootout.

Morocco crowned Team C forward of Gabon, Comoros and Ghana prior to underlining their category with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Malawi in a spherical of 16 conflict on Tuesday. The Atlas Lions discovered themselves in the back of after a shocking early strike from the Flames’ Frank Mhango, however levelled prior to half-time due to Youssef En-Nesyri after which triumphed at the again of Achraf Hakimi’s stunning free-kick halfway via the second one 1/2.

Key avid gamers

The jewel of Egyptian soccer, Salah has taken his time to rise up and operating within the AFCON, however he’s going to be so bad now that the match is achieving the pointy finish, with the person brilliance of a world-class participant prone to be the adaptation between evenly-matched groups.

  • Morocco – Achraf Hakimi

The Paris Saint-Germain wingback has loved an excellent match so far, having been given the liberty to completely specific the attacking aspect of his recreation. If it is together with his tempo at the overlap or supply from dead-ball situations, Hakimi will likely be a significant factor on this quarterfinal.

  • What the camps are announcing

Egypt trainer Carlos Queiroz on his staff’s match ambitions:

“We are hoping that our staff would be the perfect at the box and that we win towards [Morocco]. We need to write historical past. We need to be the most powerful staff. We’re making improvements to with each and every fit this match. I realized that we advanced from the primary fit to the final conflict. We can forget about the previous and concentrate on what’s to return. We can ensure that the Egyptian nationwide staff is the most productive at the box.”

Morocco trainer Vahid Halilhodzic at the victory over Malawi:

“We can stay dedicated and glance to win the following video games. We had various possibilities and hesitated so much. I am hoping that within the subsequent recreation we can be simpler. I am hoping that the avid gamers who’re injured get better and sign up for the squad quickly. We nonetheless have a large number of paintings forward people, we’re conscious that we don’t seem to be on the degree we would like. I imagine that with extra video games like those we will be able to acquire extra self belief.”

In head-to-head stats, Egypt and Morocco have met in 29 fits throughout all competitions, relationship again so far as 1961. The Atlas Lions have claimed 14 wins in comparison to simply 3 for the Pharaohs, whilst 12 video games were drawn.

The groups’ most up-to-date conferences have been all in 2017, with Egypt defeating Morocco 1-0 in an AFCON quarterfinal in Port-Gentil in January prior to Morocco received an African Countries Championship qualifying tie 4-2 on combination over two legs in August of the similar yr.

Quarterfinal broadcast main points, 30 January 2022

Sunday 30 January

  • 18:00: Egypt v Morocco  – LIVE on SuperSport AFCON, SuperSport Maximo 1, SuperSport Maximo 360 and SuperSport GOtv Make a selection 2

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