AFCON2019: Benin beat Morocco on 4-1 penalties to reach quarter finals

The Les Ecureuils of Benin Republic who now played a total of 13 games in the history of the African Cup of Nations without winning a single game has eliminate morocco in round of 16 in a penalty shootout on Friday to reach the quarter-finals after a 1-1 draw in Cairo.

This year they only scraped through to the knockout rounds on the back of three draws after holding both Ghana and reigning champions Cameroon.

Benin played 23 minutes of extra time down to ten men after Khaled Adenon was dismissed for apparently shoving the referee, a second bookable offence.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s equaliser 14 minutes from time got Morocco back into the game after Moise Adilehou’s shock opener and it seemed like they would go through when Benin skipper Stephane Sessegnon felled Achraf Hakimi in the box

Hakim Ziyech who has been fantastic for Atlas Lions of Morocco in this tournament turned villain towards the end of the match when he missed a penalty which could have given his nation the win.

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