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Morocco impress in World Cup warm-up win over Slovakia

Herve Renard

Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

An entertaining Morocco defeated Slovakia 2-1 as Ayoub Kaabi and Younes Belhanda scored the goals to give their nation a friendly win ahead of the World Cup. 

The Lions of the Atlas dominated the first half in every aspect, dazzling the audiences with displays of sheer beauty, yet left a lot of space in the back giving the Slovakian troops a chance to exploit their defense.

Their two biggest chances came from long rang shots; the first was by Moubarak Boussoufa and was stopped by Michal Sulla and the other hit the bar by the team’s main man upfront, Hakim Ziyech.

In the second half, FC Copenhagen’s Jan Gregus fired the first goal for Slovakia from outside the box and a few minutes later Ayoub Kaabi brought the game level, connecting his header with a corner cross.

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Amine Harit missed a clear-cut chance inside the box as his shot went very wide and his opportunity was followed by Manuel da Costa unleashing a screamer that was once again stopped by the shot stopper.

Morocco continued to force their attack, until a deflected ball reached Younès Belhanda who received the ball on his chest and bagged a world class strike to score the winner with 16 minutes to go.

The North African side already played three matches against Serbia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine having won the first two and drew the third. They will play their final friendly against Estonia on June 9 before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Iran on June 15.

London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.

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  1. Ali G.

    June 4, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    I saw the match. Morocco played nice and fast. You can’t compare them with Egypt at all. Much better and entertaining football than Egypt. Where are you Shehata 🙁 ???

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