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Late Correa goal breaks the tedium in windswept Tangier

Late Correa goal breaks the tedium in windswept Tangier

YOUSSEF BOUDLAL

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An 83rd minute strike from the Atletico Madrid player momentarily lifted the tedium in a friendly match that was conditioned by the high winds in the Moroccan city.

Morocco 0-1 Argentina: as it happened

It has to be said that the conditions did dictate much of how tonight's game panned out but neither coach can be happy why their respective sides produced. Niggly, lacking in quality and with the goal as the only redeeming factor.    

91'+4'   That's it ... a truly forgettable 90 minutes of football.

91'+1' Morocco win a free-kick inside the oppostion half ...last chance for the home side...ball falls kindly for the keeper.  

Marcone on - Roberto Pereyra off for Arg.

89'   Into the last minute we go and Morocco win a corner. 4' on time to be added

Fouls committed: Mor 20-25 Arg

Mehdi Bourabia replaces Younès Belhanda for Mor. 

Da Costa off- Idrissi on for Mor. 

86'  

Morocco 0-1 Argentina

Poor defending from Morocco to gift the Atletico player with the ball and the No. 11 does well beating the defender and slotting past Bounou

83' Gooooool Argentina break the (tedium) deadlock as Correa slots home

80'   Ten left here in Tangier.

Dybala off & Lo Celso on for Arg. 

77'  

Paredes off / Zaracho on (ARG)

Mbark Boussoufa & Boutaib off for Morocco - Alioui & Fajr on 

Guido Rodriguez carded after taking down Bouffal just outside the box. Danger here for the visitors as Mbark Boussoufa shapes to strike....the ball is deflected and falls straight into the arms of Musso in the Argentina goal.

70'   Possession after 70': MAR 54-45 ARG (%)

69'   Wind subsides at the Stade Ibn Batouta and the intensity seems to have dropped too. Nothing resembling a goalscoring chance in this second half so far.

66' Agustín Marchesín set to make an entrace for Argentina, replacing Andrada in goal. 

This game summed up in one pic.

62'  

Changes: Correa on for Arg. with De Paul coming off / Morocco change: Benatia off for Youssef Aït Bennasser

59'   Pezzella does well to win his side a corner with the ball seemingly heading out of play. Paredes heads just over from the kick.  

58'   Argentina press and win a corner...which comes to nothing.... 

Boussoufa carded as Argentine make a change. Lautaro off and Matias Suarez on  

55'   Bouffal fires the resulting free-kick straight into the wall.

51'   Better from both sides in this half. Short quick passes being used to avoid the havoc of the wind. Montiel booked for a rash challenge on Mbark Boussoufa right on the edge of the area. 

48' Early corner for Morocco .... wind still blowing as strong as ever. Good defenseive world from Dortmund's Hakimi as he steers the ball away from Lautaro.   

46'   The teams are back on the pitch again...It'll be Morocco who start the second half action.... Off we go ! 

They're all at it now ... 
1st half of Morocco v Argentina aptly summed up in this tweet  

A very wind swept Herve Renard at the Stade Ibn Batouta tonight  

25 fouls so far in this game says everything you need to know at the interval.

There's the whistle calling time on a turgid half of football. Thing's as they say can only get better ... let's hope so!

This is not pretty !

Lautaro tries his luck with his back to goal but lifts the ball high and over the bar.

45'   We'll have 3' of time added on.

44'  

Benatia carded

43'   More tension as Paredes and Benatia square up after yet another late challenge.  

42' Lautaro carded, first Arg. player in the book for a late, late challenge  on Mbark Boussoufa.  

38'   Yet another late challenge from Morocco as the ref whistles yet again. Far too robust some of these challenges (mainly from the home side) for a friendly game.  

37' Corner for Morocco....Acosta heads wide. 

34'   As foul strewn as I've seen for a long time....

32' Long range free from Argentine which Lautaro almost manages to deflect into the Morocco net. The closest to a goal so far tonight.

30' 30' and if you're just joining us in Tangier, you've missed little. A game of stop and start with a swirling wind affecting the flow of action. 

29' More tension as De Paul is shoved off the ball and tension and Boutaib is booked for his infringement.

27'  

25' More fans at the Ibn Batouta tonight ...little for these fans to cheer about now ! 

23'   The footballing 'fayre' has been poor from both sides so far it has to be said. The wind clearly playing a role in that but Argentina it has to be said are showing little. 

20'   Argentina get a shot off as Dybala fires a left foot effort which drifts wide... first glimmer of danger from the 'Albiceleste' 

Just a slight exaggeration 

16'   Very little in terms of improvement from Argentina compared to what we saw on Friday... If anything Morroco the better side so far tonight. 

13' Bounou takes a free kick and the force of the wind is plain to see as the ball holds up considerably as yet again play is stopped with another infringement. 

10'   Little to report from Tangier as Morocco via Boutaib fires on goal but the ball is straight at Andrada and Argentina build.  

8'   Argentina break but Perrera is caught a foot or so offside. Too many stop-starts to get any flowing pattern together in the action tonight.

Skirmish breaks out as Belhanda is booked for the home side. 

6'   The "oles" already ringing out from the home supporters ...possibly a little early for that as Morocco thread the ball around despite the strong head wind.

4' Morocco's Boufal is on the ground and getting treatment. The Celta man is ok to carry on and we're back underway.

2' Dybala fouled with his first intervention of the night.

Plenty of controversy about Argentina's new shirt with many fans complaining that the sky blue stripes are almost invisible.

Off we go in Tangier, Argentina get us underway.

Word emerging that there was a brief spell during the day when the wind posed such a problem that the game going ahead was in doubt. Wind in Argentina's favour in this first half.

Morocco's anthem rings out with a spectacular mosaic tifo display from the home fans.

The wind is a major talking point with French coach Herve Renard's normally immaculate blonde weave getting blown around ... Sad to hear any national anthem getting whistled but a minority of the home fans booing the Argentine anthem.

Both sides take to the pitch, fine noise being generated from the Tangier crowd. The Ibn Batouta stadium is home to current Moroccan champions Ittihad Tanger.

Morocco in their classic red shirts, green shorts and red socks tonight.

Teams in the Stade Ibn Batouta tunnel with a stiff wind blowing in Tangier this evening.... The ground has filled up in the past 20' and I'd hazard a guess saying it's at 80-90% of capacity. 

Morocco fans ahead of kick-off 

Janny Sikazwe from  Zambia is our referee tonight

The Argentine side carrying out their final preperations ahead of kick-off. Looks like white shorts and socks for the Albiceleste tonight. 

Despite being ruled out on Friday night, Lionel Messi still dominates the pre-match build up on the local Bein Sports network.  

Far from a full house in Tangier tonight with many home fans disappointed with Lionel Messi having to pull out of the squad.  The head of finance at the Argentine FA is too !

What can we expect from tonight's Argentina? A different complexion to the side that faced Venezuela in Madrid on Friday with Lionel Scaloni hoping for Paulo Dybala to impress. This is the Albiceleste's last test ahead of the 2019 Copa America which starts in Brazil mid-June.  

How the Lions from the Atlas will line up tonight: 

Our colleages at AS Arabia have created this match graphic with the Arabic spelling of both sides. 

A mild evening in the Northern city with a current temperature of 17C. Ideal conditions for players and fans alike.

The Stade Ibn Batouta slowly starting to fill with ko less than 60' off. 
Morocco XI (sourced via Twitter) 
Benatia looking forward to hooking up with Dybala again tonight ...
Argentina XI for tonight's match: 

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Morocco vs Argentina from the Northern city of Tangier. Kick off at the Stade Ibn Battouta is at 20:00 CET.

Morocco - Argentina: preview

This is Lionel Scaloni's last test ahead of the 2019 Copa America which gets underway in Brazil mid June. As we saw from Friday's disappointing performance in Madrid where the "Albiceleste" had no answer to a majestic counter attacking display from Venezuela losing 3-1 on the night.

Tonight in Tangier there will be no Lionel Messi, an injury to his pubis area depriving the local fans of seeing one of the world's best at closer quarters and depriving the financial balance sheets of the AFA of a lucrative fee should the Rosario born striker had of played.

Morocco too are looking ahead to a Summer tournament after securing their place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which will now be staged in Egypt and coach Herve Renard will see his side among favourites with fans of the Atlas Lions hoping to add to their sole CAN win in 1976.