First-half targets from Hakim Ziyech and Youssef En-Nesyri helped Morocco to a 2-1 win over Canada that noticed them safe high spot in Group F and a spot within the final 16 of the World Cup for the primary time in 36 years.
Morocco have been drawn in a difficult group, together with Croatia and Belgium, who completed second and third in 2018 respectively, however took 4 factors off the European sides earlier than holding on for victory in opposition to Canada of their ultimate group recreation.
Morocco will now play the runners-up in Group E – both Spain, Japan, Costa Rica or Germany – with that group being concluded on Thursday night.
A victory for Croatia over Belgium – who confronted off similtaneously Morocco performed Canada – might have seen the North Africans drop to second, but it surely was the Croatians who completed as runners-up after drawing 0-0 with Roberto Martinez’s outfit, who crashed out on the group stage.
Canada, enjoying at their first World Cup since 1986, pulled a purpose again shortly earlier than half-time when Nayef Aguerd inadvertently turned Sam Adekugbe’s cross into his personal web, however in the end completed backside of the standings, with out a level.
Morocco knew a spot within the final 16 can be theirs in the event that they averted defeat to Canada and so they got an early increase on their solution to victory by Milan Borjan, when the goalkeeper handed the ball straight to Ziyech, who chipped the ball again over his head and into the empty web after simply 4 minutes.
Morocco then strengthened their grip on a spot within the knockout phases when En-Nesyri ran onto Achraf Hakimi’s by means of ball earlier than lashing a strike previous Borjan at his close to publish.
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