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2018 CHAN: Kaabi nets twice as Morocco progress to final

Africa Focus By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 31/01/2018

Morocco scored two extra-time goals to go through to their first ever CHAN final courtesy of 3-1 victory over North African neighbour Libya at Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca on Wednesday night.

Ayoub Kaabi scored twice and Walid El Karti late penalty ensures the Atlast Lion go through after 120 minutes of the encounter after  Abdulrahman Khalleefah equalize for Libya before late in the second half with mistake from Morocco goal keeper

Bencharki tees up Haddad in the box, the winger chips the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper but Sabbou gets back to clear from almost under his own crossbar.

Libya forward Ablo throws himself at a cross from the right flank, but can't quite get a touch The Mediterranean Knights' first hint of a threat. Boulahroud with a long-range effort which flies over the top of the Libyan goal.

Ten minutes to half time, still 0-0 in Casablanca between Morocco and Libya.

Nahiri shoots direct for goal from the free kick and Libya keeper Nashnoush has to make a good save to punch the ball clear. El Karti gets a glancing header from an in-swinging free kick, but it's an easy save for keeper Nashnoush.

Al Taher heads on target from a corner kick and Morocco needs Jbira to clear off his own goal line in the 63 minutes of the encounter. Hadraf with some great wing play down the left flank and he chips in a cross from the by-line and an unmarked El Kaabi to scores with a downward header to make 1-0 for the host in the 73 minutes and his seventh goals in the tournament.

Thirteen minutes later Libya gets their equalizer through a massive mistake from Morocco keeper Zniti, who is challenged in possession and allows Khalleefa to score and level the game up at 1-1.

An early chance in the extra-time for Libya from a corner kick, but Zniti redeems himself by keeping out Abushnaf's goal-bound header. 

The Atlas Lions back in front and again it's El Kaabi as the striker has gifted a tap-in from a corner kick and gleefully puts the hosts back in front to make 2-1 in the 97 minutes of the game.

Almost 3-1 for Morocco as Boulahroud meets a cross, but puts his header over the crossbar

El Karti scores the penalty he won and that surely seals Morocco's place in the 2018 CHAN final.

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