Morocco vs Comoros - LIVE!
The Africa Cup of Nations group stage is in full swing and we’re off to Group C this afternoon as Morocco and Comoros continue their campaigns.
Morocco, meanwhile, began the group stage with a heavyweight clash against Ghana but prevailed as 1-0 winners thanks to a late strike from former Southampton man Soufiane Boufal.
That result means Vahid HalilhodÅ¾iÄ have chance to book their place in the last-16 with a game to spare, while victory would also go a long way to securing top spot in the group and - in theory - a more favourable knockout stage draw.
You can follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport’s blog below...
Kick-off: 4pm GMT, Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium
TV channel: Sky Sports
Morocco team news
Comoros team news
Prediction: Morocco 3-0 Comoros
17:08 , Malik Ouzia
52 mins: He’s been right in the wars, Selemani. He took that clattering from Hakimi at the end of the first half and now he’s in the wall to take Boufal’s free-kick square in the face.
17:05 , Malik Ouzia
49 mins: It’s Morocco straight back on the front foot and Comoros can’t get out at the start of the half.
First, things seem to open up nicely for Louza to curl one but he opts to take a touch and it’s a heavy one. Then, Boufal wiggles along the byline and pulls back into the middle but it trickles through the legs and is eventually cleared.
17:01 , Malik Ouzia
We are back underway...
Here’s the goal that separates the sides...
16:56 , Malik Ouzia
Finally Morocco have the ball in the back of the net after a dangerous cross from Achraf Hakimi 🔥
Selim Amallah made no mistake and smashed it home! 👏 pic.twitter.com/GKya9JCstW
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 14, 2022
HT: Morocco 1-0 Comoros
16:47 , Malik Ouzia
A pretty entertaining first-half. Amallah’s goal has Morocco in front.
16:46 , Malik Ouzia
45+1 mins: Caught in two minds!
Tissoudali is in on goal from the angle and opens up as if to bend into the far corner but then spots El Kaabi waiting for a tap-in and in the end picks neither option and puts it well wide.
16:43 , Malik Ouzia
42 mins: This isn’t clever from Hakimi. He’s gone hurtling into an aerial challenge with Selemani and absolutely flattened him. Into the book and the Comoros man needs a bit of treatment here.
16:38 , Malik Ouzia
38 mins: What a chance!
El Kaabi looks to be through again but he tries to round the ‘keeper rather than slot it past him and that allows Youssouf the chance to get back and make a magnificent sliding tackle.
16:36 , Malik Ouzia
36 mins: Having lost their opener, Comoros obviously have to get something out of this and it’s making for a nice open game. Morocco have squandered a few chances on the break with a poor choice of final pass but they don’t look impenetrable at the back.
16:31 , Malik Ouzia
31 mins: I’ve been impressed with Morocco so far here. They’ve not been overly dominant but there’s been a real structure to their play - something that was severely lacking from favourites Senegal earlier on today.
16:25 , Malik Ouzia
25 mins: Boufal absolutely breezes past two defenders to reach the edge of the box but on his left peg he drags the effort wide of the far post.
16:21 , Malik Ouzia
21 mins: It could be a long afternoon for Comoros now and Morocco are almost in again but Ben Boina is out fast enough to sweep up before El Kaabi can latch onto it.
GOAL! Morocco 1-0 Comoros | Selim Amallah 16'
16:16 , Malik Ouzia
There’s the breakthrough!
Hakimi opens Comoros up with a break down the right but some heroic defending looks set to deny Morocco with one, two, three efforts blocked but finally the ball breaks to Amallah and he fires through the bodies and in.
16:14 , Malik Ouzia
13 mins: Ugh. Comoros have responded pretty well to that early pressure and Hakimi has to divert a dangerous cross behind for a corner but Faïz Selemani goes across to take it and hooks it miles over everyone and out for a goal-kick.
16:08 , Malik Ouzia
8 mins: Well, they’ve started very sharply, the Moroccans, switching the play nicely. Louza benefits to get in down the left this time and he’s got two in red waiting in the middle but his cross can’t beat the only defender between them.
16:03 , Malik Ouzia
3 mins: That is the latest of late flags. El Kaabi breaks down the right and lays into the middle for Tissoudali, who is fouled from behind by Mohamed Youssouf as he controls and goes to shoot but eventually the linesman’s flag goes up.
It was El Kaabi offside much earlier in the move and if he wasn’t I reckon we’d have been looking at a Morocco penalty.
16:00 , Malik Ouzia
We are underway...
15:53 , Malik Ouzia
Right then, the teams are out - national anthem time.
The state of the group...
15:41 , Malik Ouzia
Morocco won their opening game against Ghana and as such can book their place in the knockout stages with another triumph tonight.
Comoros, however, realistically probably need at least a point to keep their hopes alive, with a game against Ghana to come in their third fixture.
Ghana, incidentally, take on Gabon in the other game in Group C later on this evening.
This was the Comoros boys arriving a little earlier on...
15:28 , Malik Ouzia
H-1 Arrivée des coelacanthes au Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo pic.twitter.com/IhEJ6ZWVky
— FFC 🇰🇲 (@fedcomfootball) January 14, 2022
Here’s what happened in Comoros’ opener...
15:17 , Malik Ouzia
Comoros team news
15:09 , Malik Ouzia
Comoros XI: Ben Boina, Benjaloud Youssouf, Abdullah, Abdou, Mohamed Youssouf, M’Dahoma, Youssouf M’Changama, Bakari, Selemani, Bachirou, Ben.
Subs: Abdallah, Alhadhur, Zahary, Abdallah Ali Mohamed, Aboubakari, M’Madi, Ibroihim Youssouf, Bourhane, Mogni, Ali Ahamada, Moussa, Iyad Mohamed.
Morocco team news
15:01 , Malik Ouzia
— Équipe du Maroc (@EnMaroc) January 14, 2022
14:57 , Malik Ouzia
We should start to get team news through in the next five minutes or so...
Here’s how Morocco got off to the perfect start...
14:45 , Malik Ouzia
Comoros team news
14:33 , Malik Ouzia
Comoros’ only major concern in comparison to the first game is in defence after Kassim M’Dahoma was forced off late on in the 1-0 defeat to Gabon.
14:24 , Malik Ouzia
Morocco wins: 1
Comoros wins: 0
Standard Sport prediction
14:13 , Malik Ouzia
Comoros were far from disgraced in their opener but they faced a Gabon side without star men Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mario Lemina because of Covid.
Against a Morocco side who many fancy as dark horses for the tournament, they may find the going markedly tougher.
Morocco to win 3-0.
Morocco team news
14:07 , Malik Ouzia
Knowing that victory would almost certainly secure their spot in the knockout stage, Morocco are likely to name a full-strength side again with a view to resting players in their third match.
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Achraf Hakimi is their star man after Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech was left out of the squad for the tournament over a disciplinary issue.
Aymen Barkok and Ayoub El-Kaabi are doubts after testing positive for Covid prior to the first game.
How to watch
13:59 , Malik Ouzia
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Premier League.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online through the Sky Go app.
13:53 , Malik Ouzia
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this afternoon’s Africa Cup of Nations clash between Morocco and Comoros.
We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of a 4pm kick-off...