Friday January 27, 2012 Group Stage: Group C Finished Stade d'Angondjé

Gabon 3 - 2 Morocco

  • Aubameyang 77’
  • Cousin 79’
  • Mbanangoye 90’
  • Kharja 24’, 90’ (pen.)

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  1. African Cup of Nations - Late drama sends Gabon through

    African Cup of Nations - Late drama sends Gabon through

    Co-hosts Gabon qualified for the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations after a dramatic 3-2 win over Morocco. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Gabon
    • Morocco
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    • 90+8' That's it! Gabon book their place in the quarter-finals in sensational style with this late, late free-kick.
    • 90+8' GOAL! GABON 3-2 MOROCCO. Bruno Zita Mbanangoye bends a free-kick around the wall and Gabon look to be going through!
    • 90+6' Poco is being replaced by Palun for Gabon.
    • 90+4' Benatia is booked for a rash challenge. It could have been red.
    • 90+3' We have hardly seen anything of Morocco in the second-half but they look to have earned a draw.
    • 90+2' Cousin tries to flick the ball over for Aubameyang but the ball is cleared.
    • 90+1' There will be five minutes of added time.
    • 90' GOAL! GABON 2-2 MOROCCO. Kharja steps up and comfortably dispatches the ball past Ovono!
    • 89' Charly Moussono handballs Belhanda's shot in the area and Morocco have a pernalty!
    • 86' Stewards are having to surround the pitch, with some Gabon fans getting over excited in the stands.
    • 84' Lévy Madinda blazes a glorious chance over the bar from close range. That would have sent Gabon through for sure.
    • 84' Bruno Mbanangoyé Zita replaces Mouloungui.
    • 82' Not long for Gabon to hold on.
    • 81' Morocco have not played well in the second-half. Gerets looks a frustrated figure on the bench.
    • 80' As it stands, Morocco are going home.
    • 79' What an impact from the substitute! Cousin has made a real difference in the second-half.
    • 78' GOAL! GABON 2-1 MOROCCO. Cousin controls an Aubameyang cross, spins in the area and fires a low left-footed effort beyond Lamyaghri!
    • 76' GOAL! GABON 1-1 MOROCCO. Morocco fail to clear their lines and Aubameyang volleys a stunning effort that gives Lamyaghri no chance!
    • 74' Lamyaghri turns away a powerful shot from Mouele! Gabon close to equalising there.
    • 72' Gabon are really on top at the moment.
    • 71' Mouloungui heads towards goal but the offside flag is raised.
    • 70' Aubameyang has been lively for Gabon tonight. He is a good prospect.
    • 69' Cousin tries to bring the ball down in the area then flops to the floor wanting a penalty but the referee is having none of it.
    • 68' Halfway through the second-half and Gabon are exerting some pressure.
    • 67' Kantari makes a mess of clearing Aubameyang's cross but Morocco get away with it.
    • 66' Adel Taarabt is coming on for Morocco to replace Carcela.
    • 64' Cousin heads a free-kick wide for Gabon. The veteran has made a difference here.
    • 62' This has been a scrappy second-half.
    • 61' It was El Kaddouri who made that spectacular headed clearance.
    • 60' Ebanega is caught by Hadji's trailing arm but should be ok.
    • 59' Mouloungui's cross is acrobatically headed away.
    • 58' Lamyaghri has picked up an injury but the Morocco keeper is ok to continue.
    • 56' Moubamba's free-kick is punched away by Lamyaghri.
    • 55' Benatia makes an adventurous run to the edge of the Gabon area but the ball is cleared.
    • 54' Belhanda picks up a yellow card for tussling with a Gabon player.
    • 53' Kharja tries to slip a ball through but Gabon clear.
    • 51' There is a potential for Morocco, Gabon and Tunisia all to finish with six points meaning there would be a three-team head-to-head mini league.
    • 50' That was so close for Gabon. Perhaps that will lift the hosts.
    • 49' A terrific break from Gabon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang outruns the Morocco defence and pulls the ball back for Cousin who forces a good save from Nadir Lamyaghri!
    • 47' Cousin is penalised for climbing over the defender.
    • 46' Amrabat has replaced El Arabi for Morocco and Daniel Cousin has come on for Nguema as both sides make changes at half-time.
    • 45+2' That's half-time. There is a bit of pushing and shoving between the two sets of players as they head in the direction of the tunnel.
    • 45+1' Carcela gets the better of Edmond Mouele but his dangerous cross is cleared out for a Morocco corner.
    • 45' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 44' Remy Ebanega makes a strong challenge on Hadji.
    • 42' Central defenders Ahmed Kantari and Mehdi Benatia have been strong for Morocco.
    • 41' This first-half has been punctuated by fouls, stopping the flow of the game.
    • 40' STAT: Prior to tonight Gabon had kept a clean sheet in four of their last five Africa Cup of Nations matches.
    • 39' Morocco win a free-kick for a foul by Cedric Moubamba.
    • 38' Strange decision from the Morocco goalkeeper Lamyaghri who makes a half-hearted clearance, but Gabon cannot profit and the ball is cleared.
    • 37' Aubameyang is back on the pitch after getting treatment as Carcela overhits his pass.
    • 36' Nice ball into the area from Carcela but Gabon clear their lines.
    • 35' Gabon are enjoying their best spell of the game here.
    • 34' Mehdi Francois Carcela gives away a free-kick for a foul on Aubameyang. The set-piece is punched away by Nadir Lamyaghri.
    • 33' Mehdi Benatia gives away a free-kick for a foul on Eric Mouloungui. He swung his arms back and caught the Gabon player.
    • 32' STAT: Morocco have lost three successive Africa Cup of Nations games for the first time in their history.
    • 31' Gabon have reacted well to the goal.
    • 30' It's well defended by Youssef Hadji.
    • 29' Stephane Nguema inswinging free-kick is headed away, but they now have another free-kick.
    • 28' Madinda is off the field receiving treatment.
    • 27' Hermach is booked for a foul on Levy Madinda. Free-kick Gabon. Hermach will need to be careful now.
    • 26' This is a deserved lead for Morocco but Gabon so nearly drew level there.
    • 25' Badr El Kaddouri crosses in for Youssef El Arabi who heads a gilt-edged chance wide!
    • 23' GOAL! GABON 0-1 MOROCCO. Great ball from Belhanda who finds Kharja in the area. The midfielder turns and drills a low left footed effort beyond the outstretched Ovono!
    • 22' Cedric Moubamba fouls Adil Hermach from behind and Morocco win the free-kick.
    • 21' The offside flag goes up against Aubameyang.
    • 20' Houcine Kharjah's inswinging free-kick is headed away.
    • 19' Some of the delivery at this tournament has not been of the highest quality.
    • 18' Benatia is penalised for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabon have a free-kick that they quickly waste.
    • 17' Five of the Gabon starting 11 play for Gabonese clubs.
    • 16' STAT: Morocco enjoyed 68.2% possession in their 1-2 defeat to Tunisia – the most in the opening round of fixtures at the 2012 tournament.
    • 15' Morocco are using the ball far better here, but the service to the frontman needs to improve.
    • 14' Chamakh is just on the bench tonight after food poisoning. He did not look very well at all on the bench.
    • 13' Morocco have won the tournament once - in 1976.
    • 12' Eric Gerets feels decisions are going against his Morocco side early on here.
    • 11' Morocco right-back Michael Chretien shoots wide of the near post after Belhanda finds him in the area. It was a poor effort with just the keeper to beat.
    • 10' Younes Belhanda is dispossessed but Morocco have the ball back. They have started the stronger.
    • 8' Andre Biyogo Poko is booked for a two footed lunch on Mehdi Benatia. That was rash from the Gabon player and he was perhaps lucky not to see red.
    • 7' Morocco keeper Nadir Lamyaghri catches a poor Gabon free-kick into the box.
    • 6' Good defending from Bruno Ecuele Manga who ushers the ball out for a goal kick under pressure from El Arabi.
    • 5' He actually didn't seem to get anything on the ball there and was perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty.
    • 4' Gabon keeper Didier Ovono goes up for a high ball with Youssef El Arabi. He took man and ball there.
    • 3' Neither side has managed to get the ball down properly so far.
    • 2' A win would take co-hosts Gabon through to the quarter-finals for only the second time in their history.
    • 1' We are off and underway at the Stade de Angondje!
    • 18:53 The two sides walk out onto the field of play ahead of the national anthems.
    • 18:50 Morocco desperately need a win in this game. If they lose, they will be out, meaning the final matches would be dead rubbers, with Tunisia and Gabon going through.
    • 18:45 Gabon coach Gernot Rohr keeps an unchanged side from the one which defeated Niger in the opening match. For Morocco, Mehdi Francois Carcela replaces Mbark Boussoufa and Youssef El Arabi is preferred in attack to Nordin Amrabat. Oussama Assaidi and Marouane Chamakh are only fit enough for the bench.
    • 18:40 GABON: Ovono; Mouele, Ebanega, Manga, Moussonou; Moubamba, Madinda, Biyogo Poko, Nguema; Mouloungui, Aubameyang. /// MOROCCO: Lamyaghri; Chretien, Benatia, El Kaddouri, Kantari; Kharjah, Hermach, Belhanda, Carcela, Hadji, El Arabi.
    • 18:35 Tunisia are currently top of Group C with six points after their win over Niger earlier today. Niger are out as a result of Issam Jemaa's last-gasp winner. Gabon are on three points while Morocco are yet to get off the mark after their opening defeat to Tunisia.
    • 18:30 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Gabon’s African Cup of Nations clash with Morocco.
  • Summary

    • 90+8' GOAL! GABON 3-2 MOROCCO. Bruno Zita Mbanangoye bends a free-kick around the wall and Gabon look to be going through!
    • 90+2' Cousin tries to flick the ball over for Aubameyang but the ball is cleared.
    • 90' GOAL! GABON 2-2 MOROCCO. Kharja steps up and comfortably dispatches the ball past Ovono!
    • 89' Charly Moussono handballs Belhanda's shot in the area and Morocco have a pernalty!
    • 84' Lévy Madinda blazes a glorious chance over the bar from close range. That would have sent Gabon through for sure.
    • 78' GOAL! GABON 2-1 MOROCCO. Cousin controls an Aubameyang cross, spins in the area and fires a low left-footed effort beyond Lamyaghri!
    • 76' GOAL! GABON 1-1 MOROCCO. Morocco fail to clear their lines and Aubameyang volleys a stunning effort that gives Lamyaghri no chance!
    • 74' Lamyaghri turns away a powerful shot from Mouele! Gabon close to equalising there.
    • 64' Cousin heads a free-kick wide for Gabon. The veteran has made a difference here.
    • 49' A terrific break from Gabon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang outruns the Morocco defence and pulls the ball back for Cousin who forces a good save from Nadir Lamyaghri!
    • 45+1' Carcela gets the better of Edmond Mouele but his dangerous cross is cleared out for a Morocco corner.
    • 38' Strange decision from the Morocco goalkeeper Lamyaghri who makes a half-hearted clearance, but Gabon cannot profit and the ball is cleared.
    • 25' Badr El Kaddouri crosses in for Youssef El Arabi who heads a gilt-edged chance wide!
    • 23' GOAL! GABON 0-1 MOROCCO. Great ball from Belhanda who finds Kharja in the area. The midfielder turns and drills a low left footed effort beyond the outstretched Ovono!
    • 11' Morocco right-back Michael Chretien shoots wide of the near post after Belhanda finds him in the area. It was a poor effort with just the keeper to beat.
    • 4' Gabon keeper Didier Ovono goes up for a high ball with Youssef El Arabi. He took man and ball there.
    • 18:40 GABON: Ovono; Mouele, Ebanega, Manga, Moussonou; Moubamba, Madinda, Biyogo Poko, Nguema; Mouloungui, Aubameyang. /// MOROCCO: Lamyaghri; Chretien, Benatia, El Kaddouri, Kantari; Kharjah, Hermach, Belhanda, Carcela, Hadji, El Arabi.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Gabon

    Manager: Gernot Rohr

  • Morocco

    Manager: Eric Gerets

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