What an evening for Moroccan football! With a 2-1 win over Canada, Morocco made it into the finals of a soccer World Cup for the first time since 1986. Because Croatia couldn’t get more than 0-0 against Belgium, Walid Regragui’s team even finished first in their group. In the first half, Hakim Ziyech (7th) and Youssef En-Nesyri (24th) gave Morocco a deserved lead. Rather surprisingly a lot just before the break of the goal. A cross from Sam Adekugbe netted Nayef Aguerd (40th) into his own goal. This made it even more exciting, because Canada was much better in the game in the second round. Morocco were very fortunate when Atiba Hutchinson (72′) headed the crossbar and the ball bounced back into play off the goal line. But in the end it was enough to win. Now the group runners-up from group F are waiting in the round of 16 – and maybe Germany too.
Canada keeper Milan Borjan is now up front. He crosses a free kick into the penalty area from the left half field. Morocco manages to clarify the situation.
Official stoppage time (minutes): 4
Bono with a slight uncertainty when intercepting at the edge of the penalty area. In the end, however, he holds the ball firmly with both hands. That was important because Alphonso Davies was already waiting for the ball.
Yahya Jabrane comes on as a substitute for Morocco
Substitution for Morocco: Achraf Hakimi
Steven Vitória (Canada) is shown a yellow card.
Steven Vitória uses the arm in the duel with Abderrazak Hamdallah, which lands in Hamdallah’s face. There is a yellow card and the Moroccan has to be treated briefly.
At the moment, a goal for Morocco would only mean a fall to second place behind Croatia. But if Belgium scores, Canada’s equalizer would lead to the end of the World Cup. The eleven around captain Romain Saïss try hard that it does not come to being dependent on support.
Abderrazak Hamdallah comes on as a substitute for Morocco
Substitution for Morocco: Hakim Ziyech
Substitution for Canada: David Wotherspoon
Substitution for Canada: Junior Hoilett
The final quarter of an hour begins and it gets exciting again. Canada is the better team for long stretches in the second round. Morocco focuses heavily on defense. Walid Regragui’s team, on the other hand, hardly provides any relief.
Crossbar – line – no goal! After a corner kick, Atiba Hutchinson heads the ball from ten yards into Bono’s goal. The leather slams from the bottom of the bar onto the goal line and bounces back out of the goal. Then Alistair Johnston comes to the header again, but it goes over it. That was great luck for Morocco!
Richie Laryea comes on for Canada
Substitution for Canada: Jonathan Osorio
Substitution for Morocco: Selim Amallah
Substitution for Morocco: Abdelhamid Sabiri
Substitution for Morocco: Zakaria Aboukhlal
Substitution for Morocco: Sofiane Boufal
Canada having a strong phase. The ball rolls well through your own ranks in the opposing half. Morocco is low and always a step too late.
Substitution for Canada: Ismael Koné
Substitution for Canada: Sam Adekugbe
Atiba Hutchinson comes on as a substitute for Canada
Substitution for Canada: Mark-Anthony Kaye
Jonathan David comes on as a substitute for Canada
Substitution for Canada: Cyle Larin
There wasn’t much missing. Canada hits a free kick into the box from the right hemisphere. At the second post, Cyle Larin is two steps too late.
A competitive game develops in both directions. In the last third of the game, however, neither team becomes dangerous.
Azzedine Ounahi starts a strong dribbling. He passes several opponents. However, he and his teammates are stopped at the edge of the penalty area.
The second round starts without personnel changes on both sides!
Kick-off 2nd half
After the first 45 minutes, Morocco leads 2-1 against Canada. This means that Walid Regragui’s team is currently on the way to the round of 16. The Moroccans came into play better. Hakim Ziyech (7th) and Youssef En-Nesyri (23rd) scored the lead for their country. Canada was largely inferior and rarely got in front of the opponent’s goal dangerously. Nevertheless, the goal came just before the break. A cross from Sam Adekugbe brought Nayef Aguerd (40th) into his own goal. So it remains exciting, because Youssef En-Nesyri’s 3:1 by Morocco was disallowed due to an offside. With Belgium and Croatia still tied at 0-0, Morocco are currently the top team in Group F.
End of 1st half
VAR’s decision: The goal by Y. En-Nesyri (Morocco) is disallowed, score 1-2
After the due free kick, Youssef En-Nesyri volleys the ball in from the penalty spot. However, the hit does not count. Nayef Aguerd was caught offside, blocking Milan Borjan’s view.
Yellow card for Sam Adekugbe (Canada)
Sam Adekugbe keeps his foot on Hakim Ziyech. He is rightly warned for that.
Official injury time (minutes): 5
Youssef En-Nesyri and Steven Vitória collide painfully in the air duel. After a short time both are back on their feet.
Tooor for Canada, 1-2 by Nayef Aguerd (own goal)
Goal! From the left flank, Sam Adekugbe brings the ball low and hard into the penalty area. Nayef Aguerd tries to clear but deflects the ball into his own goal. Bono can no longer approach decisively.
All cables are in the right place again – let’s continue!
The game is currently suspended. The referees are discussing on the margins. There are probably technical problems with the team that need to be solved.
Almost the 3:0! Achraf Hakimi passes his opponents on the right. With his pass to the back he finds Abdelhamid Sabiri, whose shot is blocked.
Things are going very well for Walid Regragui’s team. His team is perfectly adjusted. In midfield, his players win all the important duels and hardly allow anything on the defensive. At the same time, the offensive game of the Moroccans is very effective.
Yellow card for Jonathan Osorio (Canada)
Jonathan Osorio has to pick up the yellow box for a foul game.
Tooor for Morocco, 0:2 by Youssef En-Nesyri
The ball bounces in the net! Far from his own half, Achraf Hakimi plays a fantastic ball directly into the interface of the Canada defensive. Youssef En-Nesyri grabs the ball, slips past Kamal Miller and lands the ball in the short right corner of the goal with a deep low shot from 11 yards out.
The encounter is currently taking place mainly between the two penalty areas. The teams show little in front of the gates. Canada now manages to penetrate the opposing half more often.
After the first quarter of an hour, Morocco is on course for the round of 16. The parallel game between Croatia and Belgium is still goalless. This means that you are currently even the leader in Group F.
There’s Canada’s first fast chance! Cyle Larin marches forward on the right side. He puts the ball in front of Bono’s goal with a low cross. At the far post, however, Tajon Buchanan rushes wide of the ball.
Walid Regragui’s team is much better in the game. It’s always going forward with momentum. Canada barely gets over the center line in these minutes.
Goalscorer Hakim Ziyech puts the first corner kick of the game dangerously close to the goal on the first post. Milan Borjan clears the leather out of the danger zone with both fists.
Junior Hoilett (Canada) is shown a yellow card
The Brazilian referee Raphael Claus pulls out the first yellow card for a tackle by Junior Hoilett against Azzedine Ounahi.
Tooor for Morocco, 0:1 by Hakim Ziyech
Perfect start for Morocco! Steven Vitória puts his keeper under heavy pressure with a back pass. Milan Borjan is overwhelmed with the situation at the edge of the penalty area. He plays the ball straight into Hakim Ziyech’s feet. With a beautiful flying ball, the striker places the ball in the empty goal from 30 meters.
With a steep pass, Alphonso Davies is sent half-right towards the penalty area. Shortly before the box he has to break off the attack. He puts it down to Mark-Anthony Kaye, but his shot from a central position is blocked.
The ball rolls! Which team gets the better start?
The teams are on the pitch and the anthems are playing. The encounter in front of around 40,000 spectators is about to begin. Will Morocco make it to the round of 16? The possible opponents come from Group E – including Germany.
In the first game, Canada got a penalty after eleven minutes. Alphonso Davies missed the opportunity to take the lead and in the end his team lost 1-0 to the Belgians. Against Croatia, Davies gave Canada a 1-0 lead after just two minutes, but Croatia turned up the heat and won 4-1. After today’s game, John Herdman’s team has to start their journey home. The coach makes four changes to his starting line-up. Richie Laryea, Stephen Eustáquio, Atiba Hutchinson and Jonathan David are joined by Sam Adekugbe, Junior Hoilett, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Jonathan Osorio.
After a goalless start against Croatia, Morocco defeated Belgium 2-0. Abdelhamid Sabiri (73′) and Zakaria Aboukhlal (90’+2) scored the goals. There are two changes in the starting lineup compared to Sunday’s game. Bono returns between the posts for Munir. In addition, Selim Amallah is replaced by goalscorer Abdelhamid Sabiri.
While Canada are out of the World Cup after defeats against Belgium (0:1) and Croatia (1:4), Morocco is hoping to reach the round of 16. The North African country is currently tied with group leaders Croatia in second place. Behind them, Belgium is just one point behind. So Morocco is sure to qualify for the next round if Belgium wins or loses. In the event of a defeat or a draw, Walid Regragui’s team is dependent on support.
Hello and welcome to the final round of Group F Prelims. Canada and Morocco meet at Al Thumama Stadium. Have fun!