FRIENDLY: Morocco Earn Draw With AFCON Host, Ivory Coast

Morocco had to come from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw with hosts Ivory Coast in an international friendly played at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan on Saturday evening.

Atlas Lions striker, Ayoub El Kaabi struck a second-half equaliser after Sebastian Haller had put the Elephants ahead in injury time prior to the interval, as both teams played to a stalemate

The game for both countries, is in preparation for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers starting in November and the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations which will be staged in the Ivory Coast in January 2024.

In the first half, the Elephants forced Atlas Lions goalkeeper Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou into several saves through the first 45 minutes, but finally had the beating of him in injury time before the interval, as Bamba led a swift counter attack before playing a perfectly-weighted pass for Haller, who provided an elegant finish end the half 1-0.

However, Morocco levelled the game in the 81st minute via substitute Ayoub El Kaabi, who latched onto a poor touch from Ivory Coast’s Abakar Sylla in his own penalty area and squeezed a shot past goalkeeper Yahia Fofana to make it 1-1.

Ivory Coast will next be in action on Tuesday 17 October when they host South Africa at the same venue in Abidjan.

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