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Morocco v Cape Verde ratings

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Take a look at our player breakdown of Morocco and Cape Verde during their Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash.

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Morocco:

Nadir Lamyaghri: Didn't have too many saves to make for most of the game, but proved invaluable in the dying stages after twice breaking off his line to just get ahead of a promising Cape Verde counter-attack. 6/10

Abderrahim Achchakir: Had trouble keeping pace with the likes of Luis Platini and Ryan Mendes, while the full-back position proved fruitless in attack for the north Africans. 5/10

Mehdi Benatia: Showed some good defending throughout the tie, using his strength well while also putting in some telling tackles, including one in the first-half that just got to the ball ahead of Platini, who otherwise would have been through. 7/10

Issam El Adoua: Looked good in the air and on the ground, but needlessly gave away possession at times with too many hoofed clearances. 5/10

Zakarya Bergdich: Like Achchakir, Bergdich also struggled to deal with the pace and passing of the Cape Verde attack, while his forward play was limited to the long-ball, which proved ineffective against the burly defenders. 4/10

Noureddine Amrabat: Showed glimpses of his talents but was unable to fully utilise the wings, resulting in most of the play coming through the middle, or over the top. 5/10

Karim El-Ahmadi: Looked dangerous when going forward and was able to get some decent deliveries into the area, while also tracking back well to help out in the defence. 6/10

Abdelaziz Barrada: Pulled most of the strings in the midfield and played the ball through for his side's equaliser, capping off a fine individual display in the middle of the park. 8/10

Younes Belhanda: Wasn't able to get into his usual stride and proved largely ineffective in attack, while his second-half booking ruled him out of the final group stage clash against hosts South Africa. 4/10

Oussama Assaidi: Looked dangerous at times, most notably with an early drive from long-range which brought a decent save out of the Cape Verde goalkeeper, but his afternoon came to an end early after coming off shortly after half-time. 6/10

Mounir El Hamdaoui: Appeared out of sync with his team-mates and was unable to get onto the end of any balls up front, while his few shooting opportunities were spurning with some wayward finishing. 4/10

Substitutes

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Youssef El-Arabi: Changed the game for Morocco after coming on at half-time, netting the all-important equaliser while also coming close on a number of other occasions to earn his side a vital point. 8/10

Chahir Belhazouani: Was given limited time to impact the game but looked to make the most of it with some driving runs, but was ultimately unable to find the killer blow. 6/10

Kamel Chafni: Showed some good composure after coming on as a late substitution and created a bit more passing threat for the Moroccans when going forward. 6/10

Cape Verde

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Josimar Vozinha: Had a relatively quiet day, but looked sharp when called upon, but in the end had to pick the ball out of his own net as Cape Verde surrendered their lead. 6/10

Admilson Gege: Looked strong in defence and did well to create space when breaking out, but also showed his other side after conceding possession in some threatening areas. 6/10

Fernando Varela: Was able to deal with much of what was thrown at him, marshalling well in the air following a barrage of long balls from the opposition. 6/10

Neves Nando: Lacked his usual composed performance but did well enough to deal with the Morocco attack, and was able to help build from the back when in attack. 6/10

Santos Nivaldo: Did well to stick with his man in defence and showed plenty of pace to keep up with the play throughout the 90 minutes. 6/10

Marco Soares: Looked dangerous in midfield with a number of sprayed passes around the pitch, while also holding up play well when breaking from the back. 6/10

Luis Platini: Another inspired performance from the Santa Clara striker, who ran the Morocco defence ragged before smartly clipping home his side's first ever Africa Cup of Nations goal to take the first-half lead. 8/10

Tony Varela: Pulled the strings in midfield for the Blue Sharks and played a number of telling balls in behind the defence, while also doing well to track back when called upon in defence.

Elvis Babanco: Had one of the more quiet nights for the Cape Verde side, unable to stamp his authority on the game, although was sharp into the tackle and maintained his work-rate through the tie. 6/10

Ryan Mendes: The Man of the Match fully deserved to take home the match-ball, causing the Morocco defence all sorts of headaches, while providing the inch-perfect through-ball that played Platini in for the opener. 9/10

Julio Tavares: Had a decent game up front, winning a couple of headers from their numerous set-pieces, although he was unable to make any of those chances count and ultimately proved wasteful in front of goal. 7/10

Substitutes:

Amado Rony: Had limited time in which to impact the game, but did well to just sit behind the forwards to supply the extra man in midfield. 6/10

Ramos Heldon: Looked in fine form after coming on off the bench, creating one of the best chances of the game, although he was unable to finish it after some good pressure from the opposition defence.

Guy Ramos: Looked sturdy after coming on in the second-half, and needed to be after a late assault from the Moroccans, but passed the test well enough as the Blue Sharks held out.

Posted: 23/01/13 20:44

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