Morocco drew 1-1 with host Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday in the first leg of African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
With this draw, Morocco is in a good position to be promoted for the sixth time in its history and the second in a row to the final scheduled for Qatar later this year when the second leg takes place next Tuesday, in Casablanca.
Good start for the Moroccan team, who controlled the ball to force their rival to go back in the first ten minutes and take more than one corner, but without real threat.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo advanced against the course of play in the 12th minute, with a shot from Brentford striker Yuan Wesa, who misled goalkeeper Yassin Bono after she changed the ball after it hit captain Roman Sais’s head.
The Moroccan team’s performance faltered in the remainder of the first half, as goalkeeper Bono was eliminated in the 26th minute with a difficult and misleading cross from defender Amale Mkoko, the new defender.
The Sevillian goalkeeper returned after four minutes to save his goal with the end of half an hour after Wesa penetrated past Olympique de Marseille striker Cedric Bakambu after marking offside.
Late in the first half, Ashraf Hakimi crossed a cross to Youssef Nasiri’s head at the right post.
And Wesa was about to add the second goal for the owners of the field and the public three minutes into the second half, as he easily passed between two defenders inside the penalty area, but his shot at the back of the area went wide. left post.
Morocco responded with a header to striker Ryan Mayi, which the goalkeeper narrowly turned into a corner.
Morocco missed a penalty in the 55th minute after Mayi shot high.
Morocco equalized in the 76th minute through substitute Tariq Tisoudali with a shot into the far corner following a header from another substitute Ayoub Al Kaabi.
Four minutes later, goalkeeper Bono headed wide from a lonely position.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo finished the match with ten men after defender Muzinga Ngonda was sent off for receiving a second warning five minutes before the end.