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CHAN: Morocco Overcome Guinea, Book Quarter-Final Ticket

CHAN: Morocco Overcome Guinea, Book Quarter-Final Ticket

Ayoub El Kaabi scored a hat-trick as Morocco handed Guinea a 3-1 drubbing in an Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) encounter played at Mohammed V Stadium in Morocco.

However, their lead was short-lived as Saidouba Bissiri equalised for Syli Nationale with a brilliant loop past advancing Anas Zinti.

Morocco hit the front with 27 minutes on the clock following a sustained spell of pressure.

The hosts overcame the loss of influential playmaker Abdelilah Hafidi to injury in the 15th minute to draw first blood when El Kaabi beat the Guinean offside trap to head substitute Walid El Karti's delicious cross in off the underside of the bar. He has now equaled Zambia's Given Singuluma's tally of five goals in a tournament. Morocco dominated the possession from the start but lacked the cohesion to carry much threat to Guinea, who for their part were happy to disrupt and look for counter-attacks.

It was African Champions League victor El Karti, who set up the opening goal in the 27th minute with a cross that he swung into the penalty area which was headed home by El Kaabi.

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The forward duly completed his treble four minutes later with the easiest of finishes.

Guinea surrounded the linesman, who had originally raised his flag for an offside, in the aftermath of the goal, but replays indicated that El Kaabi was onside. Ismail El Haddad unselfishly squaring the ball for his fellow attacker, who made no mistake to seal all three points for the tournament hosts.

Sudan occupy second place behind hosts Morocco on goal difference, while Guinea and Mauritania follow in third and fourth place respectively.

Guinea: Kante; I.Sylla, Gal Camara (Landel 72'), Ancamara, A.Bangoura - M.N'Diaye (D.Camara 48'), D.Bangoura, I.S.Sankhon - A.Camara, Sekou, Bissiri (S.Keita 75').


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