Thousands of people turned out in Casablanca on Tuesday (25 November) to see Britain's Southampton team draw one all against one of Morocco's top teams, Raja, in a friendly soccer match.
GV Crowds cheering as Kevin Keegan walks on to pitch and mobbed by fans. (3 SHOTS)
GV Southern kicks off (right to left). Ball goes out in Southampton's half.
GV Southampton attacking through Keegan down to right wing and lose possession outside penalty area.
GV Morocco attacking. Long ball draws keeper out who fails to hold ball. Moroccan forward scores goal. (2 SHOTS)
CU Scoreboard showing one-nil to Raja.
GV Morocco attacking in the second half (right to left) down left wing with deeps cross allowing Moroccan player to bet goalies with header but ball goes over cross bar.
GV Bench looks on as Southampton builds attack. Moroccan defender heads ball away, but Southampton player shoots from well outside penalty area, hitting cross bar. Another attackers puts loose ball over cross bar.
Gv Crowd looks on as Southampton scores equaliser from close rance. Scoreboard shows one-ball. (3 SHOTS)
GV Southampton attacks from right corner setting up header which is well saved by Moroccan goaline.
GV Keegan leaves pitch with other Southampton players as crowd applauds.
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Background: Thousands of people turned out in Casablanca on Tuesday (25 November) to see Britain's Southampton team draw one all against one of Morocco's top teams, Raja, in a friendly soccer match. Plagued by a hamstring injury, English captain Kevin Keegan was not expected to take part in the Casablanca match, but when 80,000 fans packed the stadium chanting the England captain's name, the match was held up for 40 minutes while Keegan was rushed to the grounds under police escort.
SYNOPSIS: Southampton officials, worried about the risk of further injury to their star player, where stunned by the reaction, and hard-pressed to keep the fans at bay. Southampton, in the red shirts, kicked off against raja, one of Morocco's most competitive sides. The fans didn't have to wait long to see their hero in action.
Raja, determined no to be disgraced by the English visitors, came on the attack early in the first half. Southampton's keeper, wells, couldn't hold this long through ball and raja scored.
In the second half, the Moroccans were on the attack again, this time through a deep cross to the goal mouth.
Still trailing one-nil Southampton prepared the Raja goal, only narrowly failing with this attack by Holmes from well outside the penalty area.
Success finally came with a close range shot from George who had easily beaten the Moroccan defenders.
Despite Southampton's effort, Raja held the visitors to a one-all draw. Towards the end of the match, Southampton officials took Keegan out of the game, not willing to risk aggravating his country. Keegan left the field to a standing ovation.