In the AFCON match between Comoros and Morocco, an AFCON goalkeeper makes an incredible triple save.
Goalkeepers have been the stars of the show so far at the AFCON, and Salim Ben Boina pulled off an incredible triple save against Morocco.
Salim Ben Boina, the goalkeeper for the Comoros, made an incredible triple save to keep his team in the game against Morocco on Friday.
The Atlas Lions eventually won 2-0 thanks to goals from Selim Amallah and Zakaria Aboukhlal, but the score could have been a lot worse if not for Boina’s heroics in the second half.
Boina, who plays for FC Martigues in France’s fourth division, displayed cat-like reflexes in the 77th minute when he denied three Moroccan players from close range.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper first got low to deny Nayef Aguerd’s powerful diving header.
He then made two more outstanding saves, denying Romain Saiss of Wolves and Adam Masina of Watford on the line.
When Saiss followed up the initial save with another from a few yards out, he must have thought he’d doubled Morocco’s lead.
Boina, on the other hand, recovered and sprawled across his line to keep the effort at bay.
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Masino tried to bundle the ball over the line from even closer, but Boina was unbeatable, keeping the deficit to one.
Just minutes later, the 6ft 2in stopper repeated his heroics by denying Sevilla star Youssef En-Nesyri’s penalty kick.
Despite Boina’s valiant efforts, the Comorian minnows were unable to keep a clean sheet, as Amallah and Aboukhlal scored in each half to give Morocco a crucial win.
Vahid Halilhodzic’s team has qualified for the AFCON knockout stages after winning both of their group games without conceding a goal.
After back-to-back losses to Morocco and Gabon, the Comoros are in last place in Group C.
The island nation, which has just over 850,000 residents, is ranked 132nd in the world, ahead of Latvia, Andorra, and Malta.
At their first AFCON, Amir Abdou’s team is still looking for their first goal and point.