Although there was a lack of harmonized play between the footballers, the Atlas Lions secured a win tonight against Malawi.
Morocco opened the score tonight. In the third minute of the game, Ajax star Hakim Ziyech scored the first goal for Morocco.
The Moroccan team scored its second goal through Youssef En-Nesyri in the 42nd minute of the match.
The Atlas Lions dominated ball possession but missed several opportunities to score more points, especially in the first half.
The Malawi team rolled up its defensive sleeves in the second half; more than five members of their team played inside and nearby the penalty zone.
The Moroccan team also made some passing mistakes throughout the game.
Coming up against Malawi’s defense skills, the Atlas Lions made several attempts to increase their score.
Morocco made its first substitution in the 27th minute, when Herve Renard changed Nabil Dirar with Marzaoui Noussair.
In the 82nd minute, a mistake from the Malawi goalkeeper gave Morocco a final goal through En-Nesyri.
One minute after Morocco’s goal, Renard made another change, replacing Faycal Fajr with Ayoub El Kaabi.
The Moroccan forward, El Kaabi, made several attempts in Malawi’s penalty zone, but could not secure a goal in tonight’s qualifier.
In a pre-match conference, the coach said that the game is “important” for the team.
Morocco’s head coach was confident that his men would play wellt during tonight’s game.
“This generation of players deserves to go far in the competition [CAN 2019], but we still have a lot of work to do.”