World Club Championship

Morocco send Canada back home, seal 2022 FIFA World Cup knockout ticket

by: Evolve


After Senegal, Morocco is the second African country to qualify for the knockout round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Canada was defeated 2-1 in Round 3 of Group F at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar.

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.

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.

Croatia beats Belgium to go to the round of 16 following a barren draw in their Group F match.

Romelu Lukaku blew four great chances that may have kept the Red Devils from going down early in the game, but neither team was strong enough to force a goal.

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.





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