Sports Writer Mysoccer24.com-Cameroon
The Atlast Lions of Morocco wasn’t rampant. The floodgates didn’t open like many had expected them to prior to kick-off. Lhoussaine Ammouta men dismantle Togo at the Douala Reunification Stadium
Morocco maintained their 100% win rate from 2018 after a well-converted penalty by Yahya Jabrane as they overcame a dogged Togolese side to win by the odd goal. Morocco had their chances but was not in their best rhythm as they struggled to convert those chances into goals. The Togolese were solid for the most part of the game and should not be disheartened by the result
The game was tense and a little uncomfortable as the Togolese threatened to frustrate the Morroco with deep pressing. Togo pressed the rest of the game for 25 minutes but in the end, The 2018 champions Morocco came away with the all-important three points to put them top of Group C for the time being
Two Key Observations
A Typical Competition
Did you expect this game to have a high tempo and many goals? This game in front of almost an empty crowd was epitomized by the low tempo and lack of quality from both sides. An un-anticipated game, therefore, had quite the un-exciting flow to it.
While the first half had some clear-cut chances, the second half was extremely boring except for the closing minutes. The experienced Morocco side played relatively well but they often lacked the quality in their final touches. The Togolese side looked extremely dull and had no real attacking outlet throughout the game.
A Score-Line that Didn’t Reflect The Game
That being said, Morocco dominated the game and should have won by more than one goal. A Moroccan A’ national team characteristic as of late, this side often dominates football games but fail to capitalize.
Morocco missed clear-cut chances in the first half and while the Togolese goalkeeper Kossi Adry was excellent in goal, the Moroccans should have won by more.
Defensively, Morocco was very solid and never allowed the Togolese any clean opportunities, except for a dangerous header in the last minutes of the game.