Narrow defeat for Morocco
Sun, 18/06/23, 20:51
Cancelo and Portugal win, Mané in draw
Three FC Bayern players were in action with their National teams on Saturday. In addition to João Cancelo, who secured a comfortable home win with Portugal in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, Sadio Mané and Noussair Mazraoui also picked up important points in the race to qualify for the AFCON finals. fcbayern.com reports on how the players at the German record champions fared in their international games.
Cancelo and Portugal remain unbeaten
FC Bayern defender João Cancelo and Portugal secured a convincing 3-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday night. The game at the Estádio da Luz saw the European champions of 2016 dominate from the start and they were rewarded just before half-time with a strike from Bernardo Silva (44'). The Portuguese remained on top in the second half and, thanks to a brace from Bruno Fernandez (77', 90+3'), registered a third victory in their third qualifier en route to the European Championship finals in Germany. Cancelo impressed on the right flank and he played the full 90 minutes. Portugal play Iceland in their next qualifier on Tuesday.
Mané with Senegal only draws
Sadio Mané with Senegal was looking to pick up important points on Saturday night in the race to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations finals. In the qualifier against Benin, the team ranked 18 in the world could only draw 1-1. After the reigning AFCON champions took a 1-0 lead in the first half through central defender Abdoulaye Seck (43’), the three-time World Cup participants conceded an equaliser through Abdul Rashid Meaney (78’). Mané played the full 90 minutes in the game at the General Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium.
Narrow defeat for Morocco and Mazraoui
On matchday five in the AFCON qualifiers, Noussair Mazraoui and Morocco suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat in South Africa. The hosts at Soccer City in Johannesburg took an early lead with an own goal from Munir El Kajoui (5'). The World Cup hosts of 2010 extended their lead at 2-0 thanks to a goal from the Zakhele Lepasa (48’). The team that finished fourth in the 2022 World Cup did pull a goal back from Hakim Ziyech (60') but the match ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat. Mazraoui was in the starting line-up but was substituted on 41 minutes.
Germany and France were in action on Friday: