Morocco thrashed Guinea-Bissau 5-0 in a Fifa World Cup qualifier on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Achraf Hakimi, Imran Louza, Olyas Chair, Ayoub El Khabi and substitute Munir El Haddadi decided a game that should have been played in Guinea-Bissau, but their stadium doesn’t meet Caf standards hence the decision for them to play their home games in Rabat.
Prior to the clash, the Guinea-Bissau federation had said players had suffered ‘nausea and diarrhoea’ on the eve of the match, but it proceeded as planned.
The result means Morocco leapfrog their opponents at the top of Group I.
Aiming to reach back to back World Cups for the first time since the 1990s, the Atlas Lions now have six points from two games, with Guinea-Bissau on four.
Morocco are in the midst of playing three qualifiers in a week, all on home soil as they not only face Guinea-Bissau again this weekend in a genuine home tie, but also Guinea next Tuesday.
“Guinea-Bissau is not a bad team,” Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic said after the match.
“We played well, and could have scored more than five. Now it is time to rest. The players are tired. Then we’ll prepare for the next match which means one thing for us, a win.”
They are set to play five of their six group games on home soil, with Tuesday’s clash against Guinea also moved from the latter’s capital after an attempted coup which resulted in last month’s game being postponed and the Moroccans’ being rushed to the airport in Conakry.
Elsewhere, another Group I match staged in Morocco resulted in a 1-1 draw between Guinea and Sudan.
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By FARPost Reporter