(Africanfootball.com) Morocco edged Tunisia 1-0 in an international friendly played at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Tuesday night.
The Atlas Lions backed up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Cameroon last Friday with a victory in this regional derby, while the Carthage Eagles suffered a second straight loss to a fellow North Africa after their 3-2 defeat in Egypt.
Morocco opened the scoring late in the first half, with Mehdi Benatia’s low shot from a short free kick saved by goalkeeper Farouk Ben Mustapha, but Youssef En Nesyri was on hand to turn home the rebound in the 41st minute.
Tunisia had earlier dominated possession and tried to press high whenever they didn’t have the ball, but they were unable to create any clear chances to test out Atlas Lions gloves-man Monir El Kajoui.
Sofiane Boufal nearly added to Morocco’s advantage just before the hour mark, slipping past a couple of challenges before sending a shot narrowly wide of the target.
In general the second half followed the same pattern as the first, with the Carthage Eagles dictating the pace, but the Atlas Lions looked more threatening in attack.
The hosts looked to boost their hopes with several introductions from the subs bench, but continued to lack a cutting edge in the final third.
Late in the game Tunisia almost claimed an equaliser but substitute Mohamed Drager, when presented with a clear chance in front of goal, was unable to hit the target, leaving Morocco to claim victory.
Both teams will return to action next March when they wrap up their 2019 AFCON qualification campaigns: Morocco will be away to Malawi, while Tunisia host eSwatini.
Morocco (1) 1 (En Nesyri 41’)
Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Nagguez (Mathlouthi 90+1’), Skhiri (Bedoui 73’), Sassi (Chaouat 65’), Haddadi, Ben Amor (Karoui 90+1’), Meriah, Khaoui (Srarfi 57’), Ben Yousseff, Khazri, Sliti (Drager 79’)
Morocco: El Kajoui, Dirar (Hakimi 69’), Benatia (Da Costa 46’), Amrabat (Mazraoui 86’), Fajr, Ait Bennasser, El Hajjam, Hafidi (Azaro 46’), Boufal (El Ahmadi 89’), Saiss, En Nesyri
4 minutes of additional time!
88' Karim El Ahmadi replaced Soufiane Boufal
86' Noussair Mazraoui replaced Nordin Amrabat
68' Achraf Hakimi replaced Nabil Dirar
Oualid Azarou replaced Abdelilah Hafidi and Marouane Da Costa replaced Mehdi Benatia
Second half underway!
41' Goooaaaalll Morocco score 0-1 against Tunisia, goal by Youssef En-Nesiry
Tunisia Vs Morocco
Kickoff: 18h00 (GMT+1)
Location: Rades, Tunisia
Morocco starting line up vs Tunisia:
Munir El Kajoui-Benatia (C)-Dirar-El Hajjam-Fajr-Ait Bennasser-ِAmrabat-Hafidi-Saiss-En-Nesyri-Boufal
Broadcasting channels: Arryadia, Al-Oula, Wattania, Al-Kas, Foxsports NL 4
Live streaming video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivf9p5BtjC0
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese official says Spain has made no approach about the possibility of presenting a three-way bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Morocco.
Education Minister Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, who oversees sports, says he has “no formal knowledge of any official announcement about a three-way bid.”
He also says he believes FIFA does not allow joint bids from separate confederations — in this case, UEFA and the Confederation of African Football.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez supposedly conveyed the bid offer to Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani during a brief visit to the north African country.
Bids to host the 2030 World Cup are being considered by countries in South America and England.
Morocco have made enquiries over Matteo Guendouzi but the Arsenal midfielder insists his international future lies with France.
Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi wants to fulfil his international dream with France despite overtures from Morocco.
The 19-year-old has caught the eye with some all-action displays for Unai Emery's side since joining from Lorient during the close season.
Guendouzi has represented France at every age-group level from Under-18 upwards and made his first appearances for the Under-21 side against Croatia and Spain over the past week.
His Moroccan heritage means Guendouzi's international options remain open until he plays a competitive game for Les Bleus.
Speaking after Monday's 1-1 draw against Spain, he told Canal+ that representing the country of his birth remains a huge motivation.
"Since I was young, I've always played with the French teams, it's a dream to play with France A," he said.
"And I'm hoping to get there, it's a dream for me. to make it happen."
Read more at https://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/guendouzi-underlines-desire-represent-france#BbuQpIxYTk54lEr5.99