Morocco’s goals were all netted in the second half of the game after an unsuccessful first half. Though the Moroccan team dominated most of the first half, its attempts to net the first goal of the tournament were unsuccessful.
The Moroccan players had to wait until the 65th minute of the match to unlock Mauritania’s defense and defeat its goalkeeper, who was instrumental in aborting many clear scoring attempts from the Moroccan side. Morocco’s key forward Ayoub El Kaabi scored the team’s first goal.
Morocco’s team first goal forced the Mauritanian side to look for the equalizer, leaving plenty of space for the Moroccan players who succeeded in scoring three more goals.
Ismael El Haddad of Wydad of Casablanca netted the second goal for Morocco only seven minutes after the first goal. El Kaabi, who also plays for Renaissance Sportive de Berkane club, scored his second goal for Morocco at the 80-minute of the match, while the Wydad of Casablanca star Achraf Bencherki netted the fourth goal for Morocco at 90th-minute mark.
The match was marked by the attendance of Morocco’s Crown Prince, Moulay El Hassan. The opening ceremony was also attended by Ahmad Ahmad, President of African Football Confederation (CAF) and the President of the Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa.