After defeating the defending champion Super Falcons of Nigeria on penalties in Monday’s semifinal, the hosts Morocco have advanced to the first-ever WAFCON final.
The Moroccans were reduced to nine players for the second half and both halves of extra time after Rasheedat Ajibade Halimotu Ayinde was dismissed, but they were unable to overcome a tenacious Falcons team.
Morocco won 5-4 in penalties after regulation time finished with a score of 1-1, with Ifeoma Onumonu missing her opportunity.
The Falcons will now play Zambia on Friday in the third-place game, and Morocco will play South Africa in the championship game on Saturday.
Morocco tried to score right away after the referee blew the whistle, but the Falcons stopped them.
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After surviving the opening 15 minutes, the Falcons took control of the game and created their own opportunities.
The Falcons made their first attempt on goal in the 25th minute, but the Moroccan goalkeeper made a strong save on Uchenna Kanu’s header off a cross from Rasheedat Ajibade.
The Falcons were given a good-area free kick in the 32nd minute, but Ngozi Okobi’s shot far overshot the crossbar.
After a sloppy pass in the defense of the hosts, the Falcons could have punished Morocco in minute 35, but Christy Ucheibe’s attempt from outside the box with the goalkeeper off her lines missed.
The Falcons were down to 10 players just three minutes into the second half as a result of Ayinde’s dismissal following a VAR review.
However, Yasmin Mrabet’s own goal gave the Falcons the lead on the 62nd minute.
Sanaa Mssoudy, though, scored Morocco’s equalizer in the 66th minute by seizing a rebound after Chiamaka Nnadozie was unable to hold on to a low cross from the right.
After extra time, penalties were used to settle the game because neither team could find a way to win.