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AFCON shocker: Benin knockout Morocco to reach quarter-finals

Benin stunned Africa Cup of Nations title contenders Morocco on penalties to reach the quarter-finals for the first time after a 1-1 draw in Cairo on Friday.

Moise Adilehou put Benin ahead early in the second half before Youssef En-Nesyri equalized, but Hakim Ziyech blew the chance to seal victory for Morocco by striking the post with a 96th-minute penalty.

Sofiane Boufal and En-Nesyri both missed in the shootout as Benin, who reached the last 16 on the back of three draws, triumphed 4-1 on spot-kicks.

Ten-man Benin Republic have reached the quarter-finals of the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt after creating an upset, beating Morocco 4-1 on penalty.

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