Benin Republic have qualified for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final and they did so in dramatic fashion; ousting one of the tournament favourites Morocco 4-1 on penalties on Friday night.
Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech missed a spot-kick at the end of normal time. That proved costly as the Atlas Lions suffered a shock penalty shoot-out defeat to Benin in Friday’s action-packed opening Africa Cup of Nations last-16 tie.
The highly-rated Morocco team won all three of their group matches by a 1-0 scoreline and were overwhelming favourites to overcome their West African opponents who progressed with three successive draws, and were debutants in the knockout rounds.
But Ziyech missed a penalty six minutes into added time after Youssef En-Nesyri had scored late on to cancel out Moise Adilehou’s opener against the run of play.
Adilehou is the first defender to score a goal for Benin in the Africa Cup of Nations.