AFCON: Benin Republic Shock Morocco To Reach Quarter-final
Benin Republic celebrate win over Morocco/Washington Times

Benin Republic caused first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) knockout stages major upset on Friday, beating Morocco in a penalty shootout to reach the quarterfinals.

It was the first match Benin had ever won at the AFCON.

Advertise With Us

Sofiane Boufal and Youssef En-Nesyri missed their spot kicks for Morocco, and Seibou Mama buried the decisive penalty as Benin won the shootout 4-2.

The match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Moise Adilehou gave Benin the lead in the 53rd minute when he stuck out a foot to volley home from a corner.

En-Nesyri equalized for Morocco in the 76th, and the Moroccans should have won it when they won a penalty deep in injury time at the end of the 90.

Hakim Ziyach smacked the penalty off the post and Benin survived to advance from its first-ever knockout game at the tournament.