Sofiane Boufal scored as Morocco began the Africa Cup of Nations with a hard-fought win over Ghana.
The former Southampton winger struck with only eight minutes to play on Monday to settle a cagey heavyweight contest in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde.
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1976 winners Morocco take early control of Group C, with Gabon – without Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and ex-Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina due to positive Covid-19 tests – due to face tournament debutants Comoros later this evening.
Boufal hammered home from close range after a mazy run into the penalty area from Zakaria Aboukhlal that saw him tease the Ghana defence, only to be checked by Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, with the ball then running perfectly for Boufal to score.
The goal came from a rare chance in a game where both sides showed defensive prowess but did little to impress in attack.
Morocco vs Ghana Highlights
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