The Democratic Republic of Congo surprised Morocco by qualifying early to the last 16 when it forced it to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at the Laurent Bouco stadium in San Pedro in the second round of the sixth group competitions of the African Cup of Nations.
The Moroccan national team, the fourth World Cup in Qatar 2022, appeared in a very lackluster manner, as its players seemed affected by the high temperature and high humidity.
Morocco took the lead with an early goal through Achraf Hakimi in the sixth minute, before Cedric Bakambu missed a penalty kick for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 41st minute.
In the second half, Silas Wamangituka scored the equalizer for the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 76th minute, giving each team a point, while the match witnessed clashes between the players of the two teams after the final whistle blew.
Thus, the Moroccan national team remains at the top of the standings with 4 points, two points behind its closest rival, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while the Zambian national team is in third place with a point before its match with Tanzania, at the bottom of the standings without points, later today in the same round.
The Moroccan national team, which won the African Cup of Nations in 1976 in Ethiopia, began its matches in the current edition of the tournament, with a 3-0 victory over Tanzania in the first round, which saw the Democratic Republic of Congo draw 1-1 with Zambia.
The competition regulations stipulate that the winner and runner-up of each group in the six groups will qualify for the round of 16 of the tournament, in addition to the four best third-placed teams.
The Moroccan national team will conclude its matches in the group by facing Zambia next Wednesday in the third (final) round, which will witness another meeting between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania.
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