Morocco World News
Morocco World News
New York, October 13, 2012
After its disastrous performance in the first leg of the African Cup qualifiers in early September, the Atlas Lions reconciled with their fans, as they crashed Mozambique 4-0 on Saturday in Marrakesh, before a cheerful public.
Morocco lost the first leg in Mozambique 2-0 and had to overcome this score in order to qualify to the 2013 African Cup of Nations scheduled to take place between late January and early February 2013 in South Africa.
Moroccan fans had to wait until the 39th minute of the match to see their team score the first goal and maintain hope alive for the qualification to the African cup.
At the start of the second half, Moroccan coach Rachid Taoussi, made a change that would prove to have been critical in helping his team to win the match. He indeed, replaced Mustapha Akkal by Liverpool’s striker Oussama Saidi.
After the creation of a bunch of real opportunities, which originated from the foot of Oussama Saidi, the Morocco team obtained a penalty after Abdelaziz Berrada was taken down in the penalty area. The penalty was transformed into a second goal at the 62th minute by Hussain kharja, who allowed his team to equal the number of goals scored by Mozambique in the first leg of the qualifiers.
Morocco needed to score two goals in order to be on the safe side, as any goal scored by the rivals could have made things extremely complicated for the Moroccans.
At the 85th minute, Youssef Larabi scored the third goal after he received a magic pass from Zakaria Bergduish.
Even after the scoring of the third goals, Moroccan fans were holding their breath lest Mozambique scores a goal that could have dashed Moroccans’ hope to qualify for the African Cup.
The final relief came from the foot of Noureddien Mrabat at the 93rd minute, after he received a painstaking pass from Oussama Saidi. With this score, Moroccans could finally have a sigh of relief and celebrate the qualification of the Atlas Lions to the continental competition.