Sunday, 4 February 2018

CHAN 2018 Final: Morocco Thrash Nigeria 4-0 To Win Trophy

Nigeria’s dreams of a first African Nations Championship title were dashed on Sunday night when they suffered a 4-0 beating at the hands of hosts Morocco in the final in Casablanca.
Morocco won the 2018 African Nations Championship on Sunday as they beat Nigeria 4-0 in Casablanca to become the first host nation to lift the title.

Goals from Walid El Karti, Ayoub El Kaabi and a double from Zakaria Hadraf did the damage, with Nigeria reduced to 10 men early in the second half after Otekpa Eneji was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The hosts began brightly and thought that they had taken the lead on 10 minutes when El Kaabi headed the ball into the back of the net from Ismail Haddad's corner.

However, the goal was ruled out off as the ball had curled out of play before reaching the forward. 

Morocco continued to dominate and were rewarded for their perseverance with the opening goal on the stroke of half time.
Morocco vs Nigeria
Abdeljalil Jbira received the ball on the overlap from Badr Banoun before squating for Hadraf to fire home from 10 yards out.

Nigeria then suffered another blow on 48 minutes as Eneji was sent off for a second bookable offence after a foul on Mohamed Nahiri.

From then on it was all one-way traffic as El Karti headed home Jbira's cross on 61 minutes before Hadraf scored his second of the match three minutes later.

The rout was completed on 73 minutes through El Kaabi, who grabbed his ninth goal of the campaign from close range to seal victory and his place as the CHAN tournament's top scorer.

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