Morocco edged Tunisia 1- in an international friendly played at the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Tuesday evening.
The Atlas Lions backed up their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win above Cameroon very last Friday with a victory in this regional derby, while the Carthage Eagles suffered a next straight decline to a fellow North Africa following their 3-2 defeat in Egypt.
Morocco opened the scoring late in the initially fifty percent, with Mehdi Benatia’s reduced shot from a small free kick saved by goalie Farouk Ben Mustapha, but Youssef En Nesyri was on hand to change home to rebound in the 41st minute.
Tunisia had earlier dominated possession and tried out to push higher any time they did not have the ball, but they have been unable to generate any clear likelihood to test out Atlas Lions goalie Monir El Kajoui.
Sofiane Boufal almost additional to Morocco’s gain just ahead of the hour mark, slipping earlier a few of troubles ahead of sending a shot narrowly vast of the focus on.
In common the next fifty percent followed the identical sample as the initially, with the Carthage Eagles dictating the rate, but the Atlas Lions looked a lot more threatening in attack.
The hosts looked to increase their hopes with numerous introductions from the subs bench, but ongoing to deficiency a cutting edge in the final 3rd.
Late in the game Tunisia almost claimed an equaliser but substitute Mohamed Drager, when introduced with a clear opportunity in front of goal, was unable to hit the target leaving Morocco to claim victory.
Both groups will return to motion next March when they wrap up their 2019 AFCON qualification campaigns: Morocco will be away to Malawi, while Tunisia host eSwatini.
Morocco (1) 1 (En Nesyri 41’)
Tunisia: Ben Mustapha, Nagguez (Mathlouthi ninety+1’), Skhiri (Bedoui 73’), Sassi (Chaouat 65’), Haddadi, Ben Amor (Karoui ninety+1’), Meriah, Khaoui (Srarfi 57’), Ben Yousseff, Khazri, Sliti (Drager 79’)
Morocco: El Kajoui, Dirar (Hakimi 69’), Benatia (Da Costa 46’), Amrabat (Mazraoui 86’), Fajr, Ait Bennasser, El Hajjam, Hafidi (Azaro 46’), Boufal (El Ahmadi 89’), Saiss, En Nesyre