Algeria, Egypt, Morocco
Algeria, Egypt, Morocco go towards advance
Saturday's action started with an intriguing match between Jordan and Morocco.
Algeria and Egypt are vying for knockout spots against Lebanon and Sudan, respectively.
Matchday 4 of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021TM group stage, which features a quartet of enticing fixtures at four different venues courts, should provide plenty of drama if the tournament's first three days are any indication.
Algeria, Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco are all looking for their second straight victory, which would put them in or near the quarter-finals. Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, and Lebanon, on the other hand, must learn something from their games in order to avoid an early exit.
Saturday 4 December 2021 (all times local)
Jordan-Morocco (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, 13:00)
Lebanon-Algeria (Al Janoub Stadium, 16:00)
Sudan-Egypt (Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, 19:00)
Morocco faces a difficult test in their second game against Jordan in Group C. Both sides won their opening fixture and will be anxious to put one foot in the quarter-finals. The Jordanians will be without Ehsan Haddad after his red card against the Saudis, while the Atlas Lions could be without Karim El Berkaoui. On the flip side, coach Houcine Ammouta can count on the in-form duo, Soufiane Rahimi and Mohammed Nahiri.
Egypt will start as strong favorites against Sudan in this Nile derby. The latter's defeat in their first game against Algeria leaves them with no other option but to take all three points against their northern neighbors. For their part, the Pharaohs had to work hard to overcome Lebanon, only securing the win from the penalty spot, and could be without Hamdy Fathy due to injury.
In-form attack meets robust defense
Having missed the first match against Sudan due to injury, Algerian star Youcef Belaili is set to return to the starting line-up against Lebanon, according to coach Madjid Bougherra.
The Fennecs know they will not have it easy against the Cedars, who put on a defensive masterclass in their opener against Egypt, limiting their formidable attack to a solitary goal, and that from the penalty spot.
"Luck wasn’t on our side against Lebanon, and we could’ve won by a much bigger margin. The best is yet to come from this Egyptian team." Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy.
"Beating Palestine gave us a big morale boost before facing Jordan and Saudi Arabia. We’ll try to build on that result against Jordan, but everything here in Qatar is positive for our team." Morocco player Achraf Dari.