Morocco crush Jordan 4-0 to book last-eight berth at Arab Cup

Ahram Online , Saturday 4 Dec 2021

Morocco crushed Jordan 4-0 to reach the Arab Cup quarters with one match remaining in Group C, while Saudi Arabia's second-string side could only draw 1-1 with Palestine on Saturday.

Morocco s forward Soufiane Rahimi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their fourth goal from the penalty spot during the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 group C football match between Jordan and Morocco at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in the Qatari city of Ar-Rayyan on December 4, 2021 (AFP)

Midfielder Yahya Jabrane gave Morocco a fourth-minute lead and defender Badr Benoun, who plays for Egypt's Ahly, scored his second goal of the tournament to double their advantage on 25 minutes.

Full-back Mohamed Chibi added the third on the stroke of halftime and forward Soufiane Rahimi put the icing on the cake with an 88th-minute penalty.

Morocco, who also defeated Palestine 4-0 in their opening game, top Group C with maximum six points, three ahead of second-placed Jordan and five clear of Saudi Arabia and Palestine.

Saudi Arabia and Palestine did themselves no favours after sharing honours in the other group match.

Mohammed Rashid put the Palestinians ahead just before halftime but Abdullah Al-Hamdan secured a share of spoils nine minutes from time.

Palestine and Saudi Arabia will have no option but to beat Jordan and Morocco respectively in the final round of fixtures on Tuesday to stand a chance of going through.

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