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Morocco and Finland play at Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium in what will be the first friendly of the year for both teams. There is no recent record of direct clashes between the two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they faced was on 23-02-1994, in a match that ended with the final result: Morocco (0-0) Finland. Special attention is required for the home / off condition, since both teams present significantly different results in their home and away games.
The home team contests its first friendly of the year, having played 4 the previous year with the following results: Morocco (2-1) Togo, Morocco (4-0) Canada, Albania (0-0) Morocco and Morocco (2 -0) Congo. This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 4 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; Against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last game that played, for Friendly, won Togo at home (2-1). In the last 10 home games Morocco has recorded 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat. Defensive solidity has been one of his strengths as he has conceded only goals in 2 of the last 10 games and his attack has scored regularly as he has scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games.
The Moroccan squad arrives in this match with a 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso, adding to their second successive win: Bencharki scored the only goal of the game. In this friendly, coach Hervé Renard is expected to line up in the usual 4-3-3 privileging possession and organized bouts, especially through the wings: Boufal is a very fast and excellent player in the ball. However, it is important to emphasize that the Moroccan team has great competence in the defensive sector, more properly, in the stands and defensive organization.
This will be the first friendly of the year of the visiting team, who played 7 last year. In the last 5, the following results were recorded: Finland (2-0) Finland, Belgium (1-1) Finland, Norway (2-0) Finland and Poland (5-0) Finland. This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, because in the last 30 games it registers 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses as a visitor; Against 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses in his stadium. The team arrives in this match after a defeat away with Ukraine by (1-0). In the last 10 matches played in all competitions, Finland have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 7. Defensive solidity has not been their strong point, having conceded at least one goal in each of their last 10 matches, His attack has not been very concrete, since he did not score goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In 15 games, he never got around to scoring in the 9 games in which he conceded the first goal. There are 2 periods in the last 11 matches played as a visitor for all competitions: he scored 3 of his 7 goals in the minutes (61′-75 ‘); Suffered 7 of his 19 goals in minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Finland come to this unmotivated game due to a 1-0 defeat at Ukraine’s camp in the qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup. Usually coach Hans Backe lines up in 5-4-1 to benefit the defensive organization and The long balls to attack. It is important to inform that the great highlight of the team is the offensive Teemu Pukki: this player has great technique and finalization. Still, we emphasize that the visiting team shows big failures in the defensive line, aerial game and maintenance of possession of the ball.
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