AFCON: Benin through to QF after beating Morocco on penalties (video)

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CAIRO (AP) Benin started the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stages with a major upset, beating Morocco in a penalty shootout on Friday to reach the quarterfinals.

It was the first match Benin had ever won at the African Cup.

Sofiane Boufal and Youssef En-Nesyri missed their spot kicks for Morocco, and Seibou Mama buried the decisive penalty as Benin won the shootout 4-1.

The match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Moise Adilehou gave Benin the lead in the 53rd minute when he stuck out a foot to volley home from a corner.

En-Nesyri equalized for Morocco in the 76th, and the Moroccans should have won it when they won a penalty deep in injury time at the end of the 90.

Hakim Ziyach smacked the penalty off the post and Benin survived to advance from its first-ever knockout game at the tournament.