AFCON 2019 Match Preview: Morocco vs Benin: Atlas Lions looking to break down stubborn Squirrels

Morocco, who are one of the fancied nations to go all the way in the Africa Cup of Nations, take to the field against Benin at the Al-Salam Stadium on Friday afternoon.

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The Atlas Lions won all three of their group matches which were all close. They narrowly edged out Ivory Coast 1-0 and needed an 89th-minute own-goal to get past Namibia, before carving out a stoppage-time strike against South Africa via Mbark Boussoufa.

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The Squirrels are one of the unbeaten teams so far in the tournament. They played to a 2-2 draw with Ghana in the opening match, before goalless stalemates against Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon which was enough for them to progress as one of the best third-placed teams.

Stephane Sessegnon and Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie bring a lot of English Premier League experience into the side and will look to lead Michel Dussuyer’s charges past Morocco.