SuperSport, YouTube (Marrakech, Morocco, Oct. 14, 2012) — A goal five minutes from time from Youssef Al Arabi saw Morocco overturn a two goal deficit from the first leg to beat Mozambique 4-0 on Saturday night, but 4-2 on aggregate, to see them qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations.
The home side had it all to do as they trailed by two goals from the first leg back in September, but goals from Abdelaziz Barrada, Houssine Kharja, Al Arabi and Nordin Amrabat saw Morocco complete a great come-back and earn them a well-deserved place in the continental showpiece in South Africa next year.
For Mozambique, they will be heart broken, but cannot complain at how well the home side played on the night – Morocco outclassing the visitors in every department on the pitch.
Al Arabi should really have given his side the lead just before the half hour mark when he found himself through on goal and with just the keeper to beat, but he squandered the chance by firing wide.
Nonetheless, his miss was not too costly as Morocco did take the lead shortly before the half time whistle, Barrada pulling a goal back for the home side and giving them hope of mounting a fight-back.
15 minutes into the second half a foul from Miro inside the box gave Morocco the chance to level matters on aggregate from the penalty spot.
And Kharja made no mistake from the spot-kick as Mozambique were also reduced to ten men following the dismissal of Miro for conceding the penalty.
The comeback was complete for the home side five minutes before time when Al Arabi produced a clinical header to give his side the lead, 3-2.
The result was put beyond doubt in the dying seconds of the match when Amrabat scored his side’s fourth goal and sealed his side’s ticket to the 2013 Afcon.