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Played
July 26, 2012 12:00 PM BST
Hampden Park — Glasgow
Referee:‬ P. Kralovec‎
Attendance:‬ 23421‎
 
56′ J. Bengtson
Abdel 39′
65′ (PG) J. Bengtson

Honduras 2-2 Morocco: Delicious Labyad lob earns a point as 10-man Moroccans fight back in Olympics opener

Pim Verbeek's side had to play the final 20 minutes at Hampden Park with 10 men after left-back Zakarya Bergdich was sent off for inexplicably kicking out at Mario Martinez

Olympics: Abdelaziz Barrada, Honduras v Morocco
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Morocco came from behind to claim a 2-2 draw against Honduras in Thursday's men's Olympic Games Group D opener.

Pim Verbeek’s charges took the lead six minutes before half-time when Abdelaziz Barrada thundered in a superb volley, only to see their opponents draw level from close range 10 minutes after the break through Jerry Bengtson before sending his side into the lead from the penalty spot shortly afterwards.

However, the advantage lasted just two minutes when highly rated Zakaria Labyad dinked the ball over the advancing Jose Mendoza, only for Morocco to end the game a man down when left-back Zakarya Bergdich was given his marching orders in the 71st minute for kicking out at Mario Martinez.

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Morocco dominated the opening exchanges and should have taken the lead through forward Noureddine Amrabat early on, only for a last-ditch block from Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa to keep the danger at bay.

Verbeek did not have to wait too long for the breakthrough, though, as a superb volley from Barrada put them 1-0 up.

And Honduras almost equalised immediately when Andy Najar found himself inside the box with the ball at his feet but he could only fire high and wide with the goal at his mercy.

Morocco carried their slender advantage into half-time but, shortly after the break, Honduras struck back with a 56th-minute tap-in from Bengtson, Figueroa picking up the assist.

And it got even better for Luis Fernando Suarez’s side six minutes later when Yassine Jebbour brought down Bengtson in the area to concede a penalty. Bengtson picked himself up and slotted home his second goal of the game to put Honduras in to a 2-1 lead.

However, the scores were level again almost immediately when Labyad found himself in space and lobbed Mendoza with an inch-perfect right-footed effort.

After getting themselves back into the game, Morcocco were put on the back foot when Zakarya Bergdich inexplicably kicked out at Mario Martinez and received a red card.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, Verbeek's men went looking for a winning goal and came agonisingly close when a fine Jebbour run ended with the defender finding the side netting.

Morocco will now face Japan on Sunday, with Honduras facing the much-fancied Spain on the same day.



Honduras U-23

1
J. Mendoza
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Maynor Figueroa
Defender
56′
 - 
5
J. Velásquez
Defender
32′
 - 
16
J. Leverón
Defender
 - 
6
A. Peralta
Midfielder
93′
 - 
7
Mario Martínez
Midfielder
88′
 - 
12
A. Mejía
Midfielder
 - 
10
A. López
Defender
57′
 - 
14
A. Najar
Midfielder
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
 - 
27
J. Bengtson
Striker
56′ 65′ 80′
 - 

Morocco U-23

 - 
30
Mohamed Amsif
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
21
 - 
-
 - 
40
 - 
52
Zakaria Labyad
Midfielder
39′ 67′
 - 
10
Driss Fettouhi
Midfielder
 - 
28
Abdel
Midfielder
39′ 67′ 89′
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-

Substitutes

18
F. Reyes
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
W. Crisanto
Defender
 - 
4
H. Colón
Defender
 - 
8
O. Peralta
Defender
88′
 - 
19
 - 
11
A. Lozano
Striker
80′
 - 
13
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
35
Yassine Bounou
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
5
Zou
Defender
 - 
-
Imad Najah
Defender
89′
 - 
7
 - 
15
Rayan Frikeche
Midfielder
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Matchday 1
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Leandro Damião Leandro Damião
Striker
Santos
6 0
Moussa Konaté Moussa Konaté
Striker
Genoa
5 0
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
4 0
Giovani dos Santos Giovani dos Santos
Striker
Villarreal
3 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 1