Morocco left Kinsasa with a draw against the Democratic Republic of the Congo led by Argentine Héctor Cúper (1-1) and put their qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup on track pending Tuesday’s second leg in Casablanca.
It was not an easy match for Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic’s team, who included players like Achraf Hakimi, PSG defender, or Sevilla players Bono and Youssef En-Nesyri in his eleven, and Munir El Haddadi on the bench. The azulgrana Abde was not summoned and was left without debuting.
Héctor Cúper’s DR Congo aspires to its first presence in a World Cup. He took the lead in the 12th minute with a goal from England’s Brentford player Yoane Wissa after receiving a ball from Watford midfielder Edo Kayembe.
It cost Morocco to straighten out the match. He cornered his rival, but saw no door. He even missed a penalty signaled by a handball inside the box by Marseille striker Cédric Bakambu. It was poorly executed by Ryan Mmaee, who threw wide.
Morocco did not find the tie until the final stretch. It was in the 76th minute that Ghent midfielder Tarik Tissoudali beat Joel Kiassumbua to finish off a pass from Ayoud El Kaabi.
The Congolese finished in inferiority
The Moroccan team sought victory, playing the last minutes in numerical superiority because Glody Ngonda was sent off for a double yellow card and left the Congolese team with ten.
The playoff will be resolved next Tuesday in Casablanca. The winner will go to Qatar 2022.