FT: Morocco 2-1 Malawi; En-Nesyri effort and a delightful Hakimi freekick send the Atlas Lions to AFCON Quarter-finals, Mhango on target for the Flames

That’s all on our AFCON coverage for today! Do stay safe and we will be with you very soon, good night!

The Atlas Lions of Morocco show their supremacy over the Malawians by defeating them 2-1 courtesy of goals from Youssef En-Nesyri and a lovely freekick by Achraf Hakimi. Malawi can be proud of their outing at AFCON 2021, they weren’t expected to overcome the Moroccans but they nonetheless gave a good account of themselves.

FULL-TIME AT THE AHMADOU AHIDJO STADIUM: Morocco 2-1 Malawi

70′ MIN: PSG right-back Achraf Hakimi finds the top corner with a delightful free-kick, to put Morocco ahead for the first time in this tie.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Morocco 2-1 Malawi (A. Hakimi)

SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE AHMADOU AHIDJO STADIUM: Morocco 1-1 Malawi

HALF-TIME AT THE AHMADOU AHIDJO STADIUM: Morocco 1-1 Malawi

45+2′ MIN: Sevilla hitman Youssef En-Nesyri restores parity for the Atlas Lions, off an assist from Selim Amallah.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Morocco 1-1 Malawi (Y. En-Nesyri)

7′ MIN: Malawi are in front! Gabadinho Mhango gives the Flames a shock lead as he spots and shoots a long-range effort past the Moroccan goalkeeper Yaccine Bounou who was way off his line.

GOOOAAALLLL!!! Morocco 0-1 Malawi (G. Mhango)

KICK-OFF AT THE AHMADOU AHIDJO STADIUM: Morocco 0-0 Malawi

The starting line-ups for both sides ahead of their encounter tonight at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.

Morocco, who have now made it to the knockout stages for the third consecutive time, now have 14 wins from their last 15 games in all competitions. Malawi on the other hand began their AFCON campaign with a 1-0 loss to Guinea, before accounting for Zimbabwe 2-1. They drew goalless with Senegal in their final game which saw them finish third in Group B and secure a place in the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed sides.

On our feature game tonight, we shall be giving up updates of the fixture between the Atlas Lions of Morocco and the Flames of Malawi at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Cameroon. The Atlas Lions of Morocco got to this stage by defeating Ghana 1-0, before seeing off Comoros 2-0. They rounded off their group stage campaign with an entertaining 2-2 draw against a resilient Gabonese side to go unbeaten.

We have seen exciting games and plenty of talking points, since the second round began on Sunday. Earlier today, the Teranga Lions of Senegal marched on to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Cape Verde. The game saw two reds cards being dished out to the Cape Verdeans, as they finished the tie with nine players. Also, Liverpool forward Sadio Mane who was on the scoresheet, had to be taken off, following a clash of heads. Hopefully, he gets better and returns to the coach Aliou Cisse’s side.

A pleasant evening to you soccer fans! You are on to Apex Football’s LIVE coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon. The competition is in the knockout rounds, with the round of 16 fixtures being played.

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