Welcome to the opening Group C game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nation between Ghana and Morocco at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
Four times African champions, the Black Stars of Ghana will be hoping to start their quest for a fifth AFCON title to a positive note. But Morocco will be a stern test for the West African powerhouse.
Checkout the starting line ups of both countries before the 4pm kick off time.
Ghana’s starting XI Jojo Wollacot, Andy Yiadom, Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Alexander Djiku, Baba Idrissu, Thomas Partey, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Jordan Ayew, Andre Ayew, Joseph Painstil
GAME OVER! Morocco have beaten Ghana in the opening Group C game. Sofiane Boufal’s late goal proved decisive.
86 mins. The Moroccans come close again, but Saiss’ header was not good enough.
85 mins. Triple substitution for Ghana. Jordan Ayew, Joseph Painstil and Kamaldeen Sulemana all out for Benjamin Tetteh, Daniel Kofi Kyereh and Fatawu Issahaku.
83 mins. GOOOOOAAL! Morocco take the lead. Sofiane Boufal smash home after a miscommunication in the Ghana box.
74 mins. Ghana close again. A freekick from Thomas Partey, find the head of Andre Ayew but that does not trouble Yacine Bounou in the Moroccan goal post.
72 mins. Save by the Moroccan goalie. Lovely curler by Joseph Painstil who has been denied by Bounou.
64 mins. Sweet cross from the left by Baba Rahaman, met by Andre Ayew’s half volley but does not trouble the Moroccan goalie.
60 mins. Still goalless. Ghana come close a few times but just can’t break the deadlock. 56 mins. Corner for Ghana. Jordan Ayew’s cross diverted away by a Morocco defender. Painstil’s corner cleared.
52 mins. Morocco with a corner, Boufal takes it, but Joseph Painstil breaks away from the corner, runs at the Moroccan defence and his final pass to Kamaldeen intercepted. SECOND HALF BEGINS! Ghana starts the half.
45 mins. HALF TIME! The game remains barren. It’s been a pulsating half of football from both sides. Not many chances created and looks a 50/50 game.
43 mins. Joseph Painstil with a cut in but fires wide. 38 mins. Morocco with a freekick at a dangerous area. Sofiane Boufal strike defelected by Romain Sais. Still 0-0 at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium.
32 mins. Thomas Partey curls the ball but goes few meters wide. 30 mins. Freekick! Romain Saiss pulls down Jordan Ayew at a very advantageous position for Ghana.
20 mins. A foul on Ghana captain Andre Ayew at the left. Freekick effected by Baba Rahman but it’s way ward.
10 mins. It’s been a cagey start so far. Both sides showing what they are made off in this blockbuster encounter.
01 mins. Morocco begins the game from left to right. The first game of Group C is finally underway.