Chelsea forward – Hakim Ziyech took advantage of a mistake by Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan to earn Morocco their first goal just two minutes into the game.
In the 23rd minute of the first half, Moroccan playmaker Youssef En-Nesyri and utility player Achraf Hakim teamed superbly to score the game’s second goal.
Morocco top Group F with 7 points!
FT: ?? Canada 1:2 Morocco ??
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An own goal by Moroccan defender – Nayef Aguard in the 40th minute of the first half brought Canada a 1-2 liveline.
Youssef En-Nesyri had an opportunity to make it three goals, but Central Referee Raphael deemed him offside in the second minute of first-half extra time.
After three group matches, Morocco secured seven points, while Croatia had five points after their goalless draw with Belgium in the second group match. Both Croatia and Morocco advanced to the competition’s knockout stage.
Canada scored 0 points, while Belgium finished with 4 points.
?? Canada 1 – 2 Morocco ??
FULL-TIME: The Atlas Lions are into the last 16 for only the second time in their history!
The Moroccan fans erupt into wild jubilation! Canada can be proud of their performance.
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Croatia beats Belgium to go to the round of 16 following a barren draw in their Group F match.
Lukaku had a dreadful evening after entering at halftime, hitting the post and missing from close range.
Croatia played solid defense to maintain the goalless draw and surpass Belgium for second place.