Morocco will play DR Congo in the second leg of their playoff qualification at Stade Mohammed V on Tuesday night for a spot in the 2022 World Cup.
The game begins at 9.30 p.m. CAT (South Africa, GMT+2)
After scoring an away goal in the first leg on Friday, the Atlas Lions have a slim lead going into the decisive match in Casablanca.
At Stade des Martyrs, Yoane Wissa gave the Leopards a 12th-minute lead, but Tarik Tissoudali equalized with 14 minutes left to earn Vahid Halilhodzic’s team a 1-1 draw.
Ngonda Muzinga was sent off for the hosts five minutes from time after picking up his second caution of the game. Ryan Mmaee had earlier missed from the penalty spot for the Moroccans, while Ngonda Muzinga was sent off for the hosts five minutes from time after picking up his second caution of the game.
After acknowledging that his players struggled to cope with the heat and the playing surface in Kinshasa, Halilhodzic hopes to see a significant improvement from his players in the return leg. “We were up against a formidable opponent. In Casablanca, there is still a lot to be done. The pitch and the humidity made things very difficult today “In a press conference, the Bosnian tactician stated.
DR Congo head coach Hector Cuper will have to reshuffle his backline as a result of Muzinga’s red card, but the Argentine maintains the setback will not deter his team’s goal to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1974.
“We’ll do better in the second leg, but this was the perfect playoff match. We’ll do better in the second leg, but this was the most important playoff encounter of them.”
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